2018 Annual Report – Internet Watch Foundation

Added: 30/04/2019 at 7:30 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

The 2018 IWF Annual Report (published on 25 April 2019) provides the latest data and trends on what’s happening globally to tackle child sexual abuse images and videos online. ‘Once upon a year’ features a true story about a child called Olivia whose rape and sexual torture is seen daily online by our dedicated team of analysts.

Becoming Trauma Informed

Added: 06/07/2018 at 12:43 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Safeguarding

Criminal justice professionals have become more aware of the effects of interpersonal violence on the lives of many women and of the impact this has in custodial settings. Jurisdictions need to become “trauma informed” in order to understand and deal with the effects of toxic stress, neglect, and abuse on the physical health, mental health, and management issues of women involved in the criminal justice system. When criminal justice staff members become trauma informed, they develop greater understanding of the typical behaviours that are reactions to authority and confinement, and they gain new skills in responding to these behaviours. Using trauma-informed practices also enhances safety and security in women’s facilities.

Break4Change Programme Toolkit

Added: 01/11/2018 at 1:15 pm Category: Safeguarding

For professionals working with families where young people are violent/abusive towards their parents/carers.

Briefing on key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England – Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018)

Added: 04/09/2018 at 8:56 am Category: Safeguarding

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated version of the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education (2018), which revises and replaces the 2016 guidance. This will come into force for schools in September 2018. It sets out what schools and colleges in England must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18.

Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water

Added: 02/11/2018 at 9:18 am Category: Safeguarding

Over the last 10 years in England, there has been a significant increase in the number of families brought into public care proceedings because of concerns about the care and protection of their children. 20% of those children return home on Supervision Orders. This policy briefing argues that families subject to thin, red line decisions, where the decision to remove a child from his or her parents could go either way, should be diverted away from Court. There should be clear blue water between children brought into care proceedings and other children considered to be at risk of significant harm.

Child Centred Policing – National Strategy for the Policing of Children & Young People

Added: 09/11/2018 at 2:30 pm Category: Safeguarding, Youth Justice

In this strategy we have set out our key principles which we believe are important when policing children and young people. In order to provide focus, we have aligned the strategy with the four priority areas identified within the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children Report “Its all about trust; building good relationships between children and the police.”

Child Criminal Exploitation – How do gangs recruit and coerce young people

Added: 23/11/2018 at 1:55 pm Category: Safeguarding

Child sexual exploitation: definition and guide for practitioners

Added: 23/08/2018 at 12:45 pm Category: Safeguarding

Definition of child sexual exploitation, potential vulnerabilities and indicators of abuse and appropriate action to take in response.

Children and Families Act 2014

Added: 19/04/2018 at 7:28 am Category: Safeguarding

This summary outlines the key changes the Act makes to the safeguarding and child protection system and services for children and families.

Children and Young Persons Act 2008

Added: 23/08/2018 at 1:17 pm Category: Safeguarding, Youth Justice

An Act to make provision about the delivery of local authority social work services for children and young persons; to amend Parts 2 and 3 of the Children Act 1989; to make further provision about the functions of local authorities and others in relation to children and young persons; to make provision about the enforcement of care standards in relation to certain establishments or agencies connected with children; to make provision about the independent review of determinations relating to adoption; and for connected purposes

Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) 2018

Added: 06/07/2018 at 7:28 am Category: Education, Prevent, Safeguarding

This updated and strengthened CONTEST strategy reflects the findings of a fundamental review of all aspects of counter-terrorism, to ensure we have the best response to the heightened threat in coming years from all forms of terrorism. Our counter-terrorism strategy will continue to be organised within the tried and tested strategic framework of four ‘P’ work strands, each comprising a number of key objectives:
•prevent: to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism
•pursue: to stop terrorist attacks
•protect: to strengthen our protection against a terrorist attack
•prepare: to mitigate the impact of a terrorist attack

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines

Added: 08/11/2018 at 9:00 am Category: Crime/ASB, Safeguarding

This guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it. It does not provide information about the entirety of the county lines issue. The document is a supplement to an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies, to help identify and protect those exploited through this criminal activity.

Munro review of child protection: final report

Added: 26/03/2018 at 12:36 pm Category: Safeguarding

When the Secretary of State for Education commissioned this review of child protection in June 2010, a central question was ‘what helps professionals make the best judgments they can to protect a vulnerable child?’. This final report sets out proposals for reform which, taken together, are intended to create the conditions that enable professionals to make the best judgments about the help to give to children, young people and families. This involves moving from a system that has become over-bureaucratised and focused on compliance to one that values and develops professional expertise and is focused on the safety and welfare of children and young people.

National Child Centred Policing Action Plan

Added: 30/05/2018 at 8:56 am Category: Crime/ASB, Education, Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding, Youth Justice

Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse

Added: 18/05/2018 at 7:08 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

A new study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed shocking statistics on children being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.

Safe and Equal

Added: 01/11/2018 at 1:13 pm Category: Safeguarding

A guide created by AVA (Against Violence and abuse) on Young People and meaningful participation for Violence against women and girls sector.

Staying safe online (National Autistic Society)

Added: 16/10/2018 at 2:55 pm Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

Online article covering some of the benefits and risks of being online:
• Not understanding what other people mean
• Becoming obsessive
• Being vulnerable to bullying or abuse
• Misuse of money

Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

Added: 23/08/2018 at 12:53 pm Category: Safeguarding

The Government deplores the sexual exploitation of children, and will not tolerate failure at any level to prevent harm, support victims and bring offenders to justice. In August last year Professor Alexis Jay published a review of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. It showed that organised child sexual exploitation had been happening on a massive scale over many years. Local agencies had dismissed concerns or put in place an inadequate response. Shockingly, Louise Casey’s report of 4 February this year showed that even since the Jay report, many in the council and its local partners had continued to deny the scale of the problem, and not enough action had been taken to stop the abuse.

Truth Project Experiences Shared: Victims and Survivors Speak Out

Added: 22/10/2018 at 9:11 am Category: Safeguarding

The Truth Project was set up for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting. It’s part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) which was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. We need to understand the past to help protect children now and in the future.
This is a set of personal experiences that have been shared with the Inquiry. These represent a range of the experiences shared. All names and identifying details have been changed. Victims and survivors can share as little or as much as they want on any aspect of their experience.

What can I do – Every childhood is worth fighting for

Added: 26/03/2018 at 12:32 pm Category: Safeguarding

As a parent, knowing or suspecting that your child is being sexually abused can be incredibly traumatic. It can be difficult to know how to begin to do something about it. We understand that reporting your concerns is not easy, particularly when the abuser is someone that you know and trust. However, to protect your child, it is vital that you do speak out.