Advice to parents and carers on gangs

Added: 17/08/2018 at 9:30 am Category: Crime/ASB

The vast majority of young people are not involved in gangs and want nothing to do with them. However, the behaviour of the small number of young people who are involved has a significant impact on communities, on their families and associates, as well as themselves.This leaflet sets out some information to help parents identify and respond if their children are affected by gangs.

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Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying

Added: 22/06/2018 at 8:44 am Category: Bullying, Health/Wellbeing

Qualitative research to understand anti-bullying practices schools have found effective.

These include approaches to tackling bullying generally and more specific types of bullying, for example:
•racial bullying
•special educational needs and disability (SEND) bullying
•lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) bullying

The report contains common themes found throughout the research and 7 case studies. It’s intended to be used as a resource by schools and other stakeholders looking for examples of anti-bullying practices.

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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.

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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.

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Briefing: Falling through the Gaps in Education

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:22 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

Measuring and assessing the scale of vulnerability among children in England in order to reduce those vulnerabilities is one of my key priorities. In July 2017, I published a report called ‘Vulnerability in Children’ which brought together a range of information held by government departments, agencies and others to reveal shocking statistics about the number of children living in vulnerable situations. It estimated that half a million children – a number equivalent to the entire population of the city of Manchester – need direct intervention or care from the state because they are living vulnerable lives.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children excluded from Schools and in Alternative Provision

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:23 am Category: Education, Health/Wellbeing

This report explores findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children who have been, or are at risk of being, excluded from school and children in alternative provision, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. The report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.

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Children’s Voices: The Wellbeing of Children in Detention in England

Added: 26/03/2018 at 10:25 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Youth Justice

This report explores findings from an evidence review of the views, perspectives and experiences of children in detention, on matters related to their subjective wellbeing. This report forms part of a series of studies examining the subjective wellbeing of vulnerable groups of children in England. This series was produced as part of a larger project focused on improving evidence about childhood vulnerability.

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Home Office Guidance: Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines

Added: 20/09/2018 at 9:07 am Category: Crime/ASB

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults is a geographically widespread form of harm that is a typical feature of county lines activity. It is a harm which is relatively little known about or recognised by those best placed to spot its potential victims. This guidance is intended to explain the nature of this harm to enable practitioners to recognise its signs and respond appropriately so that potential victims get the support and help they need.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Advice to parents and carers on gangs

Added: 17/08/2018 at 9:30 am Category: Crime/ASB

The vast majority of young people are not involved in gangs and want nothing to do with them. However, the behaviour of the small number of young people who are involved has a significant impact on communities, on their families and associates, as well as themselves.This leaflet sets out some information to help parents identify and respond if their children are affected by gangs.

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Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision: a Green Paper

Added: 26/07/2018 at 7:39 am Category: Health/Wellbeing

People with mental health problems have too often in the past experienced unfair discrimination and poor treatment. In recent years however, we have seen a welcome shift in attitudes to mental health. The Prime Minister and this Government have provided the leadership needed to correct this historic injustice and are committed to delivering and building upon the vision set out in Future in Mind.1 We are a major funder of anti stigma initiatives. And we were among the first to legislate for ‘parity of esteem’ between mental and physical health. This means that in delivering health services, the two should be considered equally important.

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Skin gambling: teenage Britain’s secret habit (Parentzone)

Added: 23/07/2018 at 8:45 am Category: Health/Wellbeing, Online Safety

This research began because one young person told us he thought skin gambling was a problem. It turned out he was not alone. Two in five young people who know about it agree. We share their concern. Our investigation has uncovered a complicated ecosystem of games, sites and services that knowingly and unknowingly facilitate gambling with virtual currencies. With the help of young gamers, we have learnt that in-game purchases and rewards can easily be used to gamble, and that young people have enterprising ways to fund gambling activity.

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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.

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Counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) 2018

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

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