Library – Safeguarding

A review of what works in multi-agency decision making and the implications for child victims of trafficking

Added: 17/08/2020 at 9:21 am Category: Safeguarding

ECPAT UK and the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner have produced a review into models of multi-agency decision making in the UK. A review of what works in multi-agency decision making and the implications for child victims of trafficking makes recommendations for best practice in multi-agency decision making for child victims of trafficking, including potential future devolved decision-making in the National Referral Mechanism.

At last there is someone I can talk to

Added: 11/12/2020 at 10:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Operation Encompass, Safeguarding

Children are to be recognised as victims of domestic abuse in their own right in the new Domestic Abuse Bill.
When the Bill receives Royal Assent, the Government, organisations and professionals who come into contact
with children will need to demonstrate the ways in which this recognition has changed and improved the services and support that are available for the children in their care.

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.

Building a country that works for all children post covid-19 (ADCS Discussion Paper)

Added: 15/07/2020 at 8:41 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding

All communities and every aspect of children’s services have been affected by Covid-19, however, experiences have varied greatly, and for some, this period will have been exceedingly difficult and traumatic. The purpose of this short discussion paper is three-fold: to put children, young people and their lived experiences of Covid-19 front and centre in national recovery planning; to articulate what is needed to restore the public support services they rely on; and, to capture the positives and gains made during a very complex national, and indeed, global emergency.

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.

Characteristics of children in need: 2018 to 2019 (DoE)

Added: 04/11/2019 at 7:35 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding

The number of children in need at 31st March decreased very slightly from 2018 to 2019. Episode starts are unchanged, but more have ended compared to last year.

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.

Childline Annual Review 2018/19

Added: 21/11/2019 at 7:53 am Category: Safeguarding

The Annual Review shows Childline delivered 4,500 counselling sessions around child sexual exploitation in 2018/19 – a 16% increase on the previous year.1 The youngest child was just 9. In more than a third of counselling sessions about child sexual exploitation young people said they were targeted online – usually through social media or video games, and often by their peers or people they knew.

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

Covid-19 and early intervention: Understanding the impact, preparing for recovery

Added: 18/06/2020 at 9:04 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Safeguarding

This report highlights the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown on local services for children and families, based on the experiences of service leaders and head teachers, and explores their responses to both the immediate challenges and the major challenges on the horizon, as the country moves towards recovery.

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.

Gangs and Exploitation: A youth work response to COVID-19

Added: 08/06/2020 at 9:55 am Category: Crime/ASB, Drugs, Safeguarding

This report builds on the insights from NYA’s ‘Out of Sight?’ research (April 2020) on the vulnerabilities of young people caused or exacerbated by COVID-19. Here, we take a deeper look at the scale of and response to gang- associated activity, the exploitation of young people through lockdown and the impact of COVID-19.

Global Threat Assessment 2018 – Working together to end the sexual exploitation of children online

Added: 29/10/2019 at 9:56 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

The Global Threat Assessment is the first of its type, both in terms of the broad stakeholder community that it draws from but also in its global vision to strengthen and further develop the international response to this growing and persistent threat.
The report has been commissioned with the following aims:
• raising international awareness of online child sexual exploitation (OCSE);
• greater understanding of the threat and how it is evolving;
• greater understanding of both the impact to victims and the wider societal impact of OCSE;
• creating a baseline which can be used to monitor both the level of the threat and the positive impact that interventions are having on the offender population;
• to provide evidence based examples to support members in making domestic and international decisions or investments.

Guess how much we love you – Why politicians urgently need to help our children (A Manifesto for Children)

Added: 24/09/2019 at 3:20 pm Category: Safeguarding

Families increasingly receive support only when they and their children hit crisis point. This is not only damaging to children’s life chances, it is expensive and harmful to society. One in six children arrives at school having failed to meet half of their expected physical and emotional developmental milestones; in some areas, this rises to a quarter of children.

How safe are our children?

Added: 03/09/2020 at 10:00 am Category: Safeguarding

An overview of data on abuse of adolescents – Since 2013, our annual How safe are our children? report has compiled and analysed data from across the UK to show the current child protection landscape. In 2020, for the first time, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) took on this task. We took this opportunity to refocus our annual report. This year we’ve looked in more detail at statistics relating to abuse perpetrated against adolescents. We’ve also included an overview of emerging data on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the safety of children and young people in the UK.

Keeping children safe in education – Statutory guidance for schools and colleges

Added: 21/01/2020 at 8:41 am Category: Education, Safeguarding

This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education (the department) issued under Section 175 of the Education Act 2002, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, and the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015. Schools and colleges in England must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. For the purposes of this guidance children includes everyone under the age of 18.

Learning about online sexual harm

Added: 02/12/2019 at 7:58 am Category: Online Safety, Safeguarding

This research was commissioned by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (the Inquiry),1 as part of its investigation into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and exploitation facilitated by the internet.

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.

Pass the parcel: Children posted around the care system

Added: 30/12/2019 at 7:21 pm Category: Safeguarding

There are over 30,000 looked after children living ‘out of area’1 in England. This is 41% of all children in care2 and has risen by 13% since 2014. Over 11,000 of these children are more than 20 miles from what they would call home, with over 2,000 further than a hundred miles away.

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 Abuse Strategy

Added: 25/01/2021 at 10:24 am Category: Safeguarding

The Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy sets out our whole-system response to all forms of child sexual abuse. This strategy is the first of its kind in setting out the government’s vision for preventing, tackling and responding to child sexual abuse in all its forms, whether it is committed in person or online, in families or communities, here in this country or overseas.

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.

We’re all in this together?

Added: 27/04/2020 at 10:01 am Category: Drugs, Safeguarding

The Children’s Commissioner’s local area profiles of child vulnerability provide a way for councils to understand which groups of children are likely to be at risk under lockdown, and how many children in their area fall into those groups. It also provides a framework for central government to target additional resources at the areas most in need.

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.

When to call the police: Guidance for schools & colleges (NPCC)

Added: 10/08/2020 at 3:06 pm Category: Crime/ASB, Drugs, Education, Online Safety, Safeguarding

This advice is for school and college staff with responsibility for behaviour management, including designated safeguarding leads (DSLs), their deputies, head teachers and senior leadership teams in schools and colleges in England. This advice covers incidents on school and college premises where students have potentially committed a crime. It provides guidance on what schools and colleges should bear in mind when considering contacting the police.

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