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21 Nov 2018

Elective home education

The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has published analysis of a survey about children and young people who are home schooled across England. The survey received responses from 106 local authorities out of 152 contacted. Key findings include: it is estimated that 57,873 children and young people are home schooled across all 152 local authorities in England; local authorities reported that an average of 11 per cent of their home schooling cohort were known to children's social care, both historic and/or current.

Source: ADCS Date: 15 November 2018

Further information: Elective home education survey 2018

21 Nov 2018

Mental health in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated guidance for schools on supporting pupils with mental health problems. Updates include: information about school responsibilities in relation to mental health; how to identify behaviours that might be related to mental health problems; working with external professionals and agencies; where to find further support.

Source: DfE Date: 12 November 2018

Further information: Mental health and behaviour in schools (PDF)

15 Nov 2018

Invitation to Focus Groups - Bereaved by Suicide Support Pathway

Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria Integrated Care System are running a number of Focus Groups for those who have been Bereaved by Suicide to attend, to be part of a co-produced Bereavement Support Pathway for L&SC. Research shows that those bereaved by suicide who have access to bereavement support services are at lesser risk of suicide and have a lower risk for depression.

The Focus Groups are for anybody who has been bereaved by suicide (family, friend, colleague, student, teacher - anybody) to come along and participate in a review of the bereavement services currently available across the Lancashire & South Cumbria footprint while adding what services 'were, weren't and would have' been useful. This will help to build on the current pathway, highlighting what a specialist Bereavement Service would look like and how it could be achieved through recommendations to the Suicide Prevention Board.

They will be held in;-

- Cumbria

- Preston

- Blackburn/Burnley

- Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre

To book onto a focus group, please use the link below to the NWCSCN webpage where the Eventbrite bookings can be accessed;-

15 Nov 2018

Anti-bullying week: teaching resources

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has developed a series of teaching resources as part of Anti-bullying week 2018, which runs from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November. The resources include assembly and lesson plans for primary and secondary schools, as well as posters, handouts and information on restorative practice.

Source: Anti-Bullying Alliance Date: 12 November 2018

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Keeping children safe online - online course

Protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying

15 Nov 2018

Support for care leavers

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper detailing support for young people leaving local authority care. The briefing gives information on the development of Government policies relating to care leavers in England as well as the support available to them, including on subjects such as: housing; health services; education and training and social services.

Source: House of Commons Library Date: 29 October 2018

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Looked after children

5 Nov 2018

Child trafficking leaflets

The NSPCC's Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) has produced a leaflet, translated into 12 languages, for children who have come to the UK from another country. The leaflet explains: how to ask for help; who to ask for help; what words like "refugee", "asylum seeker" and "trafficking" mean; what help is available for children who have come to the UK from another country.

Source: NSPCC Learning: Child trafficking leaflets for children and young people Date: 29 October 2018

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from trafficking and modern slavery

5 Nov 2018

Serious organised crime strategy 2018

The Home Office has published a policy paper about preventing and defending against serious organised crime in the UK, including child sexual exploitation and abuse. The strategy outlines efforts that companies providing online platforms should take, including: blocking child sexual abuse material as soon as companies detect it being uploaded; stopping online grooming taking place on their platforms; working with government and law enforcement to stop live-streaming of child abuse.

Source: Home Office Date: 1 November 2018

Further information: Serious and organised crime strategy (PDF)

5 Nov 2018

Organised crime: child sexual exploitation

The Home Office has published analysis of the scale and economic cost of organised crime, including child sexual exploitation, over 2015/16. Findings include: in 2015 it is estimated that there were 6,850 victims of child sexual exploitation; the social and economic cost of child sexual exploitation over the 2015/16 financial year is estimated to be £ 2.3 billion.

Source: Home Office Date: 1 November 2018

Further information: Understanding organised crime April 2015 to March 2016 (PDF)

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from sexual exploitation

29 Oct 2018

Online safety

Childnet International has produced guidance for parents and carers on looking after the digital wellbeing of children and young people. This includes having an awareness of how being online can make children and young people feel, and how they can look after themselves and others when online. The guidance includes: age specific information about how children and young people are interacting with the internet; top tips to support young people at this age; and ideas to help start a conversation about digital wellbeing.

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre Date: 25 October 2019

Further information: Digital wellbeing

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from online abuse

29 Oct 2018

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

The Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Home Office have replaced the Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation with an updated version.

Source: Date: 08 October 2018

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from female genital mutilation (FGM)

29 Oct 2018

Female genital mutilation

The Home Office has published promotional materials to be used to help raise awareness of the harmful health consequences associated with female genital mutilation (FGM) and reinforce that the practice is illegal in the UK. The campaign material signposts the NSPCC's free 24-hour FGM helpline 0800 028 3550 which can be contacted anonymously.

Source: Home Office Date: 04 October 2018

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from female genital mutilation (FGM)

2 Oct 2018

New Childline website for under 12s

Childline has launched a website aimed at children under the age of 12. This provides age appropriate content on topics including: bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. It also includes games and therapeutic tools for young visitors to play and express how they are feeling. It will be promoted through the NSPCC's Speak out Stay safe programme.

Source: Childline website for under 12s Date: 27 September 2018

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Speak out Stay safe

2 Oct 2018

Preventing child sexual abuse in the home

The NSPCC has published two reports about working with a community to prevent child sexual abuse (CSA) in the home. Findings from an evaluation of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation's Protecting Parents Across Communities programme (PPAC) include: working directly with community members helps professionals to identify local risks; CSA prevention programmes need to help mothers overcome the challenges to identifying risk and taking action if they are to be successful.

Source: NSPCC Learning: A community approach to preventing child sexual abuse in the home

Further information: Working with a community to prevent child sexual abuse in the home (PDF)

Four steps to the prevention of child sexual abuse within the home (PDF)

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Child sexual abuse

2 Oct 2018

Child abuse and neglect: NICE quality standard consultation

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is consulting on a draft quality standard for child abuse and neglect. The quality standard covers recognising, assessing and responding to abuse and neglect of children and young people under 18. The standard is for commissioners, service providers, health, public health and social care practitioners, and the public. The closing date for comments is 08 October 2018.

Source: NICE Date: 26 September 2018

Further information: Child abuse and neglect NICE quality standard: draft for consultation (PDF)

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Child abuse and neglect

1 Oct 2018

Safeguarding Module Updates

The top ten most utilised Safeguarding courses have been updated to reflect the changes to Working Together 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018:

  • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect - Core
  • Understanding Pathways to Extremism and the Prevent Programme
  • Safeguarding Children in Education
  • Safeguarding Everyone
  • Safeguarding Children from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation
  • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Refresher
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • An Introduction to FGM, Forced Marriage, Spirit Possession and Honour-based Violence
  • Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Talking to Your Children About Emotional Resilience and Self-harm

The following modules are due to be updated shortly:

  • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect - Foundation
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Hidden Harm
  • Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery
  • Basic Awareness of Child and Adult Sexual Exploitation
  • Safer Working Practices
  • Information Sharing
  • Safeguarding and Leadership
  • Introduction to Safeguarding

24 Sep 2018

Healthy and unhealthy relationships

Childline has released figures which show that it held 3,878 counselling sessions about peer on peer sexual abuse in 2017/18 - a 29% rise since 2016/17. Childline has relaunched its #ListenToYourSelfie campaign about healthy and unhealthy relationships and is promoting the online tool 'Looking out for Lottie' to help young people recognise when a relationship doesn't feel right.

Source: NSPCC: 29% rise in counselling sessions on peer sexual abuse Date: 18 September 2018

Further information: Childline: Lotties story

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Making sense of relationships: teaching resources

24 Sep 2018

Safeguarding and child protection in schools: NSPCC resources

The NSPCC has developed resources to help schools safeguard children including: training courses; a free online Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool (ESAT); free classroom resources and lesson plans; and a consultancy for schools offering support from education safeguarding consultants.

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Safeguarding and child protection in schools

24 Sep 2018

Keeping children safe in education: update

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the Keeping children safe in education statutory guidance for England to include: a link to The Childcare (Disqualification) and Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Extended Entitlement) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (paragraph 132); and clarification on the point at which a school must make referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (paragraphs 158 and 159). The flowchart titled 'Actions where there are a concern about a child' in Keeping children safe in education: for school and college staff (part 1) has also been updated to make it more accessible.

Source: DfE Date: 19 September 2018

Further information: Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF)

24 Sep 2018

Child criminal exploitation

The Home Office has published a new version of the county lines guidance relating to the criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, for professionals across the UK who work with children. The new version includes a definition of child criminal exploitation, which is common in county lines, noting: it occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18; it does not always involve physical contact and can also occur through the use of technology; and it is broader than just county lines, including children forced to work on cannabis farms or to commit theft.

Source: Home Office Date: 17 September 2018

Further information: Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines guidance (PDF)

18 Sep 2018

World Mental Health Day 10 October 2018 - #HelloYellow fundraising kit

Young Minds are asking people to take part in #HelloYellow and support children and young people's mental health on World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October 2018. Sign up for free #HelloYellow fundraising kit or you can request the kit to be sent to you in the post -

18 Sep 2018

Managing sexualised behaviour in secondary schools: new online course

This new online course, available from the NSPCC, is for anyone working in secondary schools in the UK. The course will help you gain the skills to assess and manage incidents of sexualised behaviour within your school. An online course for primary schools is also available.

Source: NSPCC: Managing sexualised behaviour in schools

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from online abuse

18 Sep 2018

Healthy and unhealthy relationships

Childline has launched a campaign to help young people understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and help them identify signs that their relationship might not be quite right. 'Looking out for Lottie', an eight part series, follows a fictional character Lottie who gets into an unhealthy relationship, showing how grooming can happen without realising it.

Source: Childline: healthy and unhealthy relationships Date: 14 September 2018

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Making sense of relationships: teaching resources

18 Sep 2018

Cross-border child protection

Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) have published a report looking at cross-border child protection. Findings from a case audit of 200 cases referred to CFAB in 2015 and 2016 involving 333 children include: 1 in 4 children in need of protection in the UK who travelled abroad continued to be at risk of abuse and/or neglect; and differences were identified in local authority approaches to assessing international placements, the legal orders used and the post-placement support provided. Recommendations include: practical guidance is needed for local authority safeguarding teams on actions required when a child in need of protection travels abroad, and further research is needed into long-term outcomes for children placed with family internationally.

Source: CFAB Date: 13 September 2018

Further information: Cross-border child safeguarding: challenges, effective social work practice and outcomes for children (PDF)

6 Aug 2018

Children and young people's mental health

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing on children and young people's mental health policy in England. The briefing covers: Government child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) policy since 2010; Select Committee enquiries into children and young people's mental health; and mental health in schools, including the impact of the Children and young people's mental health green paper on schools and forthcoming reforms to mental health education in the curriculum.

Source: UK Parliament Date: 01 August 2018

Further information: Children and young people's mental health: policy, services, funding and education (PDF)

19 Jul 2018

Band Runner: new Thinkuknow game and website for 8-10 year olds

We're delighted to say that Band Runner - our fun new runner-style game for 8-10 year olds - is now live on the Thinkuknow website.

The game features some familiar faces: Sam, Alfie and Ellie from the Play Like Share animations are continuing their adventures and helping children to build their knowledge, confidence and skills to stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they might encounter online.

Band Runner is hosted on an all-new Thinkuknow website for 8-10 year olds.

17 Jul 2018

Child mental health

An article in the Guardian reports that figures from NHS Digital show that there were 389,727 referrals active for children and young people aged under 19 for mental health problems during April 2018, a third higher than the same month two years ago; and there were 47,910 new referrals and 42,455 children and young people under 19 were discharged during the month.

Source: Guardian Date: 12 July 2018

Further information: Mental health services monthly statistics: final April, provisional May 2018

17 Jul 2018

Sexually exploited boys

Barnardo's has released findings from research looking at support for sexually exploited boys and young men. Findings from research involving 17 boys and young men with an average age of 15 who had experienced child sexual exploitation include: the boys and young men reported that the failure to see them as possible victims of abuse had created barriers and stopped them talking about abuse they suffered; they also reported poor relationship and sex education in schools, a lack of pastoral support, low self-esteem and feeling lonely and isolated or excluded from support networks.

Source: Barnardo's Date: 11 July 2018

17 Jul 2018

Bullying in schools

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published advice and guidance on how schools in England, Scotland and Wales can use data to monitor and prevent bullying. The guide covers: creating an anti-bullying culture in schools; finding ways for students and staff to report bullying incidents; finding ways to record and review the data on bullying; and communicating anti-bullying messages.

Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission Date: 29 June 2018

Further information: Using data to inform and evaluate anti-bullying strategies (PDF)

10 Jul 2018

Joint inspections of the multi- agency response to older children

Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services have published a report examining the multi-agency response to older children who are living with neglect following inspections of six local authority areas. The inspections reviewed practice in children's social care, education, health services, the police, youth offending services and probation services, as part of the programme of joint targeted area inspections looking at how well agencies are working together in local areas to help and protect children. The report finds that: neglect of older children sometimes goes unseen; work with parents to address the neglect of older children does not always happen; adult services in most areas are not effective in identifying potential neglect of older children; and the behaviour of older children must be understood in the context of trauma.

Source: Date: 06 July 2018

Further information: Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children (PDF)

10 Jul 2018

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners: advice

The Department for Education (DfE) has published advice to support practitioners in the decisions they take to share information, which reduces the risk of harm to children and young people and promotes their well-being. This advice has been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, and it supersedes the Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)'

Source: DfE Date: 04 July 2018

Further information: Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (PDF)

10 Jul 2018

Disqualification by association: statutory guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has revised statutory guidance for local authorities, maintained schools, academies and free schools relating to disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006. The new guidance removes disqualification by association for individuals working in childcare in non-domestic settings (e.g. schools and nurseries): disqualification by association will continue to apply for individuals providing and working in childcare in domestic settings (e.g. where childcare is provided in a childminder's home).The revised version will come into force on 31 August 2018. The DfE has also published the outcome following the consultation on amending the childcare disqualification arrangements.

Source: DfE Date: 02 July 2018

Further information: Amending the childcare disqualification arrangements in schools and non-domestic registered settings government consultation response (PDF)

10 Jul 2018

Children's social care referrals

Action for Children have published a report looking at the number of children and young people re-referred into children's social care. Findings from analysis of the Department for Education Children in Need database for the years 2013/14 and 2014/15 show that as many as 36,000 children had to be referred a number of times before there was any statutory intervention to help them with serious issues like abuse and neglect and family dysfunction.

Source: Action for Children Date: 30 June 2018

Further information: Revolving door part 2: are we failing children at risk of abuse and neglect? (PDF)

5 Jul 2018

New Working Together 2018 Guidance published by the DfE

The Department for Education (DfE) has published (4 July 2018) a new Working Together 2018 (WT2018) that sets out new Safeguarding Arrangements for Local Authorities, their statutory partners and wider safeguarding agencies and bodies.

In addition they have published Transitional Guidance that is in force from 29 June 2018 - to ensure LSCBs have the time and space to move to the new arrangements as set out in WT 2018. The Guidance states "From 29 June 2018, local authority areas must begin their transition from LSCBs to safeguarding partner and child death review partner arrangements. The transition must be completed by 29 September 2019."

18 Jun 2018

Mental health support for children in care

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced a new £ 1million pilot scheme that will aim to give children in care better mental health assessments as they enter the care system. Up to 10 pilots across England will trial the new mental health assessments over two years. The trial aims to establish: which professionals should be involved in the assessment process at which stage; and to develop best practice that ensures the child's unique needs are at the centre of the process.

Source: DfE Date: 13 June 2018

18 Jun 2018

Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a report on the prevalence of bullying across several case studies and schools in England. The DfE commissioned Cooper Gibson Research (CGR) to conduct qualitative interviews with senior leaders in schools, identified by anti-bullying organisations, as exhibiting some examples of promising practice to combat bullying. Common strategies identified included: a whole school approach involving teaching and non-teaching staff, pupils, parents and carers and governors; preventative practices such as a focus on positive behaviours and attitudes, with rewards and recognition systems for behaviour and achievement; and empowering pupils through anti-bullying roles such as Anti-bullying Ambassadors, prefects, playground monitors or 'worry busters'.

Source: DfE Date: 13 June 2018

18 Jun 2018

Bullying in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has released its third wave of research into the prevalence and nature of bullying through its Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LYSPE2). Based on interviews with 10,010 young people in year 11 at schools across England, the research compares students' responses to responses from the same students when they were in year 10; and with the responses from year 11 students from 2006. Key findings include: in 2015, a smaller proportion of year 11 pupils reported having been bullied than they did the year before, when they were in year 10 (37% compared with 30%); females are more likely to report being bullied than males (35% vs 26%), though males are more likely to experience violent bullying; and name calling remains the most common type of bullying (15%).

Source: DfE Date: 13 June 2018

18 Jun 2018

Stand up to bullying day: resources

Stand Up To Bullying has made available a series of resources to accompany the annual Stand Up To Bullying Day on Wednesday 13th June 2018. Established by The Diana Award, since 2016 the day has aimed to raise awareness about what bullying is, how it occurs and what to do about it. The resources include: guidance on reviewing a school anti-bullying policy; primary and secondary school lesson plans on discussing and understanding bullying; and worksheets for students.

Source: Stand Up To Bullying Date: 13 June 2018

Further information: Stand up to bullying: resources

18 Jun 2018

FGM statistics update

NHS Digital has published experimental statistics about female genital mutilation (FGM) in England. Findings from January 2018 to March 2018 include: there were 1,745 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified or a procedure related to FGM was undertaken, and 1,030 women and girls appeared for the first time in this dataset.

Source: NHS Digital Date: 07 June 2018

18 Jun 2018

Child abuse image database

The Home Office has updated its guidance to the child abuse image database (CAID). Guidance states that CAID can: help identify images of abuse on devices more quickly so that cases can start and evidence be presented sooner; help identify victims more quickly by sharing images more easily between agencies; liaise with communication service providers to help them in their efforts to remove indecent images from the Internet.

Source: Home Office Date: 07 June 2018

12 Jun 2018

NSPCC online course: It's your call

The NSPCC has developed a short (15-minute) interactive online course to help workers who enter or have access to people's homes recognise the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what actions need to be taken. Workers who visit or enter people's homes may see or hear things that others may not and the course will: help them recognise the signs of possible abuse and neglect; encourage them to report concerns; and support those who may have already witnessed signs of child abuse to know what to do about it and provide advice.

12 Jun 2018

Young people and their foster carersā?? experience of education

TACT (The Adolescent and Children's Trust) has published a report of its annual survey of children and young people and their foster carers' experience of education. 81 children and young people were interviewed and 89 foster carers surveyed. Key findings include: most children and young people interviewed feel supported at school, with 92 per cent able to name someone they could talk to if they had a problem; 30 per cent of foster carers said they did not get to choose which school their foster child attended - not reflecting changes in the admission process, which enable looked after children to get their first school choice. Recommendations include: tutoring from a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) tutor in the home to further support education outcomes.

Source: TACT Date: 04 June 2018

12 Jun 2018

Trauma-informed recovery service model

The Department of Health and Social Care has published a commissioned report summarising current knowledge on trauma-informed care approaches to child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. Areas covered include: defining trauma; impact of child sexual abuse and exploitation; and theories informing trauma-informed recovery. Describes a trauma-informed recovery service model, based on current research.

Source: Department of Health and Social Care Date: 31 May 2018

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