News and Events

19 Feb 2018

NSPCC website updates: parental mental health and substance misuse

The NSPCC has updated its website page on family issues children experience to include information on parental mental health and parental substance misuse.

Source:NSPCC Child protection in the UK webpage Date: 09 February 2018

Further information:Parental mental health: how to help children living with parents with mental health problems
Parental substance misuse: how to support children living with parents who misuse alcohol and drugs

19 Feb 2018

Child mental health

Young Minds has published a report looking at the mental health needs of young people in England who face complexity and adversity in their lives. The report includes key messages on: child hood adversity and the increased risk of mental health; identifying complexity and adversity in childhood and recognising its impact; the adoption of risky behaviours. Recommendations include: fast-tracking children for mental health support when they need it, even if they don't meet the usual thresholds for those services; improving training for doctors, teachers, social workers, police officers and charities; establishing an expert group to improve understanding of adverse experiences in childhood and provide consistent treatment.

Source:Young Minds Date: 09 February 2018

Further information:Beyond adversity: addressing the mental health needs of young people who face complexity and adversity in their lives (PDF)

19 Feb 2018

Female genital mutilation

To mark International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, the Guardian published two videos to explain what FGM is and its consequences.

Further information:The facts you should know about female genital mutilation (video)

'Why did you cut me?' Survivors share the pain of FGM (video)
International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

19 Feb 2018

Child sexual exploitation online

WePROTECT Global Alliance against child sexual exploitation has published a report highlighting the dangers posed to children and young people around the world by the growth of smart phone technology and an expanding online community of tech offenders. The report finds that: technology is allowing offender communities to organise at an unprecedented scale using the dark net and anonymous communication software; increasingly offending is now committed entirely online, with offenders coercing and extorting children into producing indecent images of themselves via webcams; as children get older, their access and competence in the use of technology increases - as do the range of threats they face.

Source:Home Office Date: 14 February 2018

Further information: Global threat assessment 2018: working together to end the sexual exploitation of children online (PDF)

12 Jan 2018

Child Death Booklet for Schools and Community Groups

Child Death Booklet for Schools and Community Groups - The attached booklet has been drafted and contains information regarding support and resources for professionals, children and young people, and parents/carers. It also contains information for schools to help address issues regarding bereavement and emotional health and wellbeing issues.

9 Jan 2018

Preventing domestic abuse

The NSPCC's Impact and evidence insights series features a blog by Karen Bateson, Development and Impact Manager, on stopping domestic abuse before it starts. This explains how the NSPCC's Together for Childhood centres are supporting families to have healthy relationships, which contributes to a long term reduction in all forms of violence.

Source: NSPCC Impact and evidence insights blog Date: 08 January 2018

9 Jan 2018

Research on harmful sexual behaviour

The NSPCC has published a briefing to help professionals update their knowledge of the most recent research on harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). It highlights the key messages from articles published in academic journals, chapters in edited books and reports from specialist organisations, which were published in 2016 or 2017.

Source:NSPCC research briefing Date: 31 December 2017

Further information:NSPCC: What is harmful sexual behaviour?

9 Jan 2018

Online safety

The UK Safer Internet Centre offers advice for families wanting to set online safety resolutions for the new year. Tips include: have an open and honest conversation; create a family agreement; look at all your accounts; use the internet together.

Source:UK Safer Internet Centre blog Date: 03 January 2018

9 Jan 2018

Children's use of social media

The Children's Commissioner for England has published a report looking at the ways younger children use platforms, which the social media companies say are not designed for them, and the effect on their wellbeing. Findings from eight focus groups involving 32 children aged 8 to 12 years old include: the most popular social media were Snapchat, Instagram, and WhatsApp; social media was important for maintaining relationships, but this got more difficult to manage at secondary school, where friendships could break down online; children are conscious of keeping up appearances on social media, particularly when they start secondary school. Recommendations to government include: broadening digital literacy education in schools beyond safety messages, to develop children's critical awareness and resilience, focusing on the transition stage from primary to secondary school; and guidance to inform parents the ways in which children's social media use changes with age, particularly on entry to secondary school.

Source:Children's Commissioner for England news release Date: 04 January 2018

Further information:Life in 'likes': Children's Commissioner report into social media use among 8-12 year olds (PDF)

3 Jan 2018

NYAS are looking to recruit a self employed advocate

NYAS is a leading children's charity providing advocacy services for children and young people from 0-25, across England and Wales for over 30 years. There work helps make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people when they are in desperate need of help. NYAS are looking to recruit a Self Employed Advocate in the Cumbria area.

Further details including job description:Self Employed Advocate

3 Jan 2018

Children's homes

The Howard League for Penal Reform has published a briefing paper looking at the policing of children's homes in England and Wales. The report finds that: police forces receive a high number of callouts from some children's homes often dealing with minor issues that should not be brought to their attention; and that many police forces are taking measures to solve this problem by working closely with children's homes and local authorities to reduce unnecessary call-outs, and prevent vulnerable children being drawn into the criminal justice system.

Source:Howard League for Penal Reform press release Date: 18 December 2017

Further information:Ending the criminalisation of children in residential care: briefing two: best practice in policing (PDF)

3 Jan 2018

Child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has published findings from a study carried out by NatCen Social Research looking at what workers in night-time economy - businesses and services that have direct contact with the public after 6pm - know and do about child sexual exploitation (CSE), and child sexual abuse (CSA). The study of 126 night economy workers found that: perceptions of risk ranged from high to none at all across the industries and roles; not all workers in the night-time economy feel equipped to recognise and respond to the warning signs; levels of training, information and support around CSE varied across industry sectors; and that training is not widespread across the night-time economy.

Source:Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse summary of Responding to child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy Date: 21 December 2017

Further information:
Responding to child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy (PDF)

3 Jan 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018: resources

The UK Safer Internet Centre has launched six education packs with age appropriate content to help teachers across the UK educate children and young people aged 3-18 about online safety issues. The packs and other resources have been created for Safer Internet Day 2018 which will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018.

Source:UK Safer Internet Centre blog article Date: 18 December 2017

3 Jan 2018

Supporting children and young people's mental health

The Early Intervention Foundation ( EIF) has published a policy briefing setting out the case for an increased emphasis on social and emotional learning in schools in England. The briefing calls for social and emotional learning should be given greater prominence within schools; and the implementation of high-quality social and emotional skills-based interventions within the context of a whole-school approach.

Source:EIF summary of Social and emotional learning: supporting children and young people's mental health Date: 14 December 2017

Further information:Social and emotional learning: supporting children and young people's mental health (PDF)

19 Dec 2017

Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on proposed changes to its statutory guidance on keeping children safe in education. These will reflect the changes being made to the Working together to safeguard children statutory guidance. The consultation also seeks views on a new non-statutory advice document on responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges. Deadline is 22 February 2018.

Source:DfE consultation hub: Keeping children safe in education Date: 14 December 2017

Further information
: Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions (PDF)

Keeping children safe in education: government consultation (PDF)
Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges (PDF)

19 Dec 2017

Children's rights in England 2017

Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) has published their annual report assessing how well England is meeting its commitments under the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. The report contains thematic briefings which cover: safeguarding; immigration, asylum and trafficking; poverty and homelessness; education; health; and policing and criminal justice, as well as a summary of the action needed.

Source:CRAE press releaseDate: 13 December 2017

Further information:State of children's rights in England 2017

19 Dec 2017

If I could talk to me: short animated film

Just for Kids Law have released a short animated film showing the perspective of young care experienced parents at risk of having a child taken into care.

Source:Animated film - if I could talk to me Date: 12 December 2017

Further information:Guardian article

11 Dec 2017

BBC launches 'Own It' website

The BBC has launched Own It, a website for 9 to 12 year olds to help them maximise opportunities in the digital world as well as helping them to develop the confidence and resilience to tackle the everyday challenges they face online. The site includes quick links to charities and organisations including Childline to provide urgent support should children need it.

Source:BBC press release Date: 06 December 2017

Further information:BBC website: Own It

11 Dec 2017


Shelter has published a report on the experiences of homeless children in emergency accommodation. Findings include: around 128,000 children in Great Britain are currently homeless, with more than 11,000 of them living in emergency accommodation.

Source: Shelter summary: 'We've got no home': the experiences of homeless children in emergency accommodation Date: 06 December 2017

Further information: 'We've got no home': the experiences of homeless children in emergency accommodation (PDF)

11 Dec 2017

Young Carers

Barnardo's has published findings from a survey about young carers. Findings from the YouGov poll of 808 teachers include: 75% said that most or all the young carers they had supported had suffered from anxiety, depression, isolation and feelings of anger; and 34% thought there were young carers at their school who were not sufficiently supported.

Source:Barnardo's press release Date: 06 December 2017

11 Dec 2017

Children and young people's mental health provision : consultation

The Department of Health (DH) and the Department for Education (DfE) are seeking views on views on the green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people in England. The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges. Proposals include: encouraging every school and college to have a 'designated senior mental health lead'; setting up mental health support teams working with schools, to give children and young people earlier access to services; a 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people's mental health services to be piloted in some areas. The consultation closes on 2 March 2018.

Source: DH and DfE summary: Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a green paper Date: 04 December 2017

Further information:Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: a green paper (PDF)

23 Nov 2017

Unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery: statutory guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statutory guidance for local authorities in England setting out the steps local authorities should take to plan for the provision of support for looked after children who are unaccompanied asylum seeking children, unaccompanied migrant children or child victims of modern slavery including trafficking. The guidance replaces Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children: statutory guidance for local authorities on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children (2014).

Source:DfE Date: 01 November 2017

Further information:Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery: statutory guidance for local authorities (PDF)

23 Nov 2017

Gaming: resources for parents and carers

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a leaflet for parents and carers providing information and advice about online gaming, and how to help support children and young people enjoy online games positively and safely.

Source:UK Safer Internet Centre Date: 31 October 2017

23 Nov 2017

Challenges facing children and families

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) has published a report looking at the challenges facing children and families, particularly those with multiple disadvantages.The report examines areas including: improving outcomes for children in care and care leavers; mental health and wellbeing; bullying in schools; and delivering high quality relationships and sex education.

Source:NCB Date: 30 October 2017

Further information:Off the radar: shining a light on children whose rights and welfare are at risk (PDF)

23 Nov 2017

Managing sexualised behaviour in primary schools: online course

This course, organised by the NSPCC, is for anyone working in primary schools. The course will cover how to: recognise which sexual behaviours are healthy and which are of concern; respond to incidents of sexualised behaviour; report concerns and record incidents; and risk manage sexualised behaviour.

Further information: NSPCC

23 Nov 2017

Parental alcohol abuse

The Children's Society has published findings from research looking at pressures on teenagers from homes where alcohol is being misused. Findings from a survey of 3,000 families with children aged 10-17 were used to estimate that parents' alcohol abuse affects the lives of 700,000 young people across the UK.

Source:Children's Society Date: 09 November 2017

Further information:Children & Young People Now

23 Nov 2017

Learning from serious case reviews

Cafcass has published findings from a study of Serious case reviews (SCRs) looking at the children and families involved, the serious incident and the risks known at the time. A study of 97 SCRs in England to which Cafcass contributed to between 2009-2016 found that: about 60% of SCRs have been triggered by the death of a child; a substantial majority of incidents were known or thought to have been perpetrated by family members; and domestic abuse was the most common risk factor in the SCR cases.

Source:Cafcass Date: 07 November 2017

Further information: Learning from Cafcass submissions to serious case reviews (PDF)

23 Nov 2017

The long term impact of negative childhood experiences

The NSPCC's Impact and evidence series features a blog by the NSPCC's Senior Evaluation Officer Paul Whalley discussing the documentary film Resilience: the biology of stress and the science of hope, which highlights research about the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children throughout their whole lives.

Source:NSPCC Date: 20 November 2017

Further information: NSPCC

23 Nov 2017

Children whose parents have a drug or alcohol problem

The NSPCC has published an evaluation of the Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP) service which supported children whose parents have a drug or alcohol problem. Findings from the evaluation of the experiences of 59 parents and 253 children who took part in the programme between 2011 and 2015 include: a small but statistically significant improvement in children's emotional and behavioural wellbeing, and in their self-esteem and ability to process their thoughts and feelings.

Source:NSPCC Date: 20 November 2017

Further information:Supporting families where parents have substance misuse problems: final evaluation of our FED UP service (PDF)

23 Nov 2017

Run, Hide, Tell resources for schools

Counter Terrorism Policing in collaboration with the PSHE Association and Girlguiding have produced a Run, Hide, Tell resource pack for teachers to use to inform 11-16 year olds on how best to react to a gun or knife terror attack. The resource includes training films, lesson plans for key stage 3 and key stage 4 as well as teacher guidance on how to deliver this material confidently and safely.

Source:National Counter Terrorism Security Office Date: 14 November 2017

Further information:Run, Hide, Tell

1 Nov 2017

County lines - children forced to sell drugs

The BBC reports that about 4,000 teenagers from London are being exploited and trafficked every year to sell drugs in rural towns and cities. Known as "county lines", gangs use children as young as 12 to traffic drugs using dedicated mobile phones or "lines".

Source:BBC Date: 24 October 2017

Further information:Crossing the line: Britain's teenage drug mules (File on 4; BBC Radio 4)

1 Nov 2017

Review of children's mental health services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a review looking at the quality and accessibility of mental health services for children and young people in England. Findings from the review, commissioned by the Prime Minister, include: the system is complex and fragmented - mental health care is funded, commissioned and provided by many different organisations that do not always work together in a joined-up way; children and young people expressed major concerns about how long they waited to access mental health support and that mental health care did not always feel person-centred and responsive to their needs; safety is seen as the greatest overall area of concern in specialist child and adolescent mental health services.

Source:CQC Date: 26 October 2017

Further information:Review of children and young people's mental health services: Phase one report (pdf)

1 Nov 2017

Working together to safeguard children

The NSPCC has published a briefing on the Department for Education consultation on Working together to safeguard children. The briefing summarises key proposed changes to the statutory guidance which sets out what is expected of organisations, individually and jointly, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The revisions, made to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017, relate to: the replacement of Local Children Safeguarding Boards (LCSBs) with local safeguarding partners; the establishment of a new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel; and the transfer of responsibility for child death reviews from Local Safeguarding Children Boards to new Child Death Review Partners.

Source:NSPCC Date: 30 October 2017

10 Oct 2017

Vulnerable birth mothers and recurrent care proceedings

The Nuffield Foundation has published a summary report looking at vulnerable birth mothers in England who have had children repeatedly removed from their care. Findings from research carried out by a team at Lancaster University between 2014 and 2017, looking at a representative sample of 354 mothers involved in recurrent care proceedings, found that: 66% of mothers had experienced neglect in their childhood; 67% experienced emotional abuse; 52% suffered physical abuse; and 53% were sexually abused. 54% of the mothers had spent a period in out of home care as a child.

Source:Nuffield Foundation Date: 03 October 2017

Further information:Vulnerable birth mothers and recurrent care proceedings (PDF)

10 Oct 2017

Childline body image counselling

The NSPCC has released figures on the number of Childline counselling sessions relating to body image delivered in 2016/17. Figures show that Childline delivered: 1,983 counselling sessions to girls with body image concerns; and 256 counselling sessions with boys.

Source:NSPCC Date: 05 October 2017

Further information:Childline

18 Sep 2017

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) resources for schools

Public Health England (PHE) has published a personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) resource to support secondary school teachers when promoting positive health, wellbeing and resilience among young people aged 11 to 16 in England. The resource, Rise above for schools, covers topics which include: bullying and cyberbullying, alcohol, positive relationships, smoking, exam stress, online stress, and body image in a digital world.

Source:PHE Date: 13 September 2017

Further information:Rise above for schools

11 Sep 2017

Young people's experiences of social networks

The NSPCC has published the Net Aware Report for 2017, providing a snapshot into young people's online lives along with reviews of individual sites, apps and games that they use. Findings from a survey of 1,696 11-18 year olds across the UK exploring the opportunities they benefit from alongside the risks they face include: young people are motivated by enjoyment in their exploration of the online space valuing opportunities for fun, communication, self-expression and online autonomy; one in four reviews stated that the platform being reviewed was risky - the primary risks identified were: interaction with strangers; and inappropriate content which was particularly prevalent on sites and aps with live streaming. Recommendations include the setting up of an independent body to ensure social media platforms are transparent and accountable for the safety of children using their services.

Source:NSPCC Date: 11 September 2017
Further information:Net Aware report 2017: "Freedom to express myself safely": exploring how young people navigate opportunities and risks in their online lives (PDF)

11 Sep 2017

E-safety for schools

The NSPCC has updated its website to include online safety advice and resources for schools and colleges. The webpage includes: links to resources to teach children and young people the skills to stay safe online; resources and advice to share with parents and carers; and guides and example documents on how to safeguard against and respond to an online safety incident which can be used to develop policies and procedures.

Source:NSPCC Date: 08 September 2017

11 Sep 2017

Social media guidance

The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) has published guidance for social workers and other health and care professions on using social media. Top tips include: think before you post; think about who can see what you share; maintain appropriate professional boundaries; and not posting information which could identify a service user unless you have their permission.

Source:HCPC Date: 04 September 2017
Further information: Guidance on social media (PDF)

29 Aug 2017

Cumbria County Council are seeking to recruit a Children's Rights Officer

Cumbria County Council are seeking to recruit a Children's Rights Officer to cover Allerdale and Copleand who will enable vulnerable children and young people to have a voice, campaign, represent and actively participate in the design, delivery, development and improvement of services; and to inform and influence decision making. The successful candidate will provide interventions with children looked after supporting the Children in Care Council and the Care Leavers Forum. This is an exciting opportunity for those with experience of working with children and young people, who have an interest and understanding of their rights. The post is 30 hours per week and involves some flexible evening, weekend and school holiday delivery, when children and young people are available.

Appointment to this post is subject to enhanced vetting checks.

Interview date to take place 6 October 2017

Click here for Post Specification

Click here for Role Profile

29 Aug 2017

Child Neglect

The Guardian reports on figures published by the NSPCC showing that the NSPCC helpline service, which provides support for adults who are worried about a child, received 19,448 reports of child neglect in 2016-17, compared with 12,110 in 2011-12, a 61% increase over the five year period.

Source : Guardian Date : 23 August 2017

Further Information : How Safe are our children? (PDF)

NSPCC helpline service

29 Aug 2017

Parental Substance Misuse

Community Care has published key points from a review looking at the research into the impact of parental substance misuse on children, as well as examples of effective interventions. Topics covered include: the impact on children; longer term risks; and the impact on the wider family.

Source : Community Care Date : 18 August 2017

15 Aug 2017

Serious Case Review

Brighton and Hove have published a SCR which has identified learning around young people at risk of exploitation through radicalisation, This case is possibly the first serious case review that considers safeguarding in relation to the risks of children being exploited by radicalisation. What it tells us most about is the professional challenge when working with disaffected young people and families, in the context of a long history of trauma.

The SCR was initiated as a result of the reported deaths of two young people in Syria, both of whom travelled there when they were aged under eighteen years old. Both died in 2014, the elder soon after his eighteenth birthday and the younger at age seventeen.
These deaths have highlighted safeguarding risks for children and young adults in the UK, who may be vulnerable to 'radicalisation'. This vulnerability may be linked to individual histories and circumstances (see sections 4 and 5), but is also associated with global events.

Brighton and Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has published the report of the serious case review (SCR) into the deaths of two brothers W' and 'X,' in Syria in 2014 when they were aged 17 and 18. The siblings received services from local agencies in the Brighton & Hove area before leaving the UK. The SCR evaluates multi-agency responses to vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation through radicalisation. Key issues identified include: safeguarding adolescents involved in risky behaviour and intervening with families who have suffered long-standing trauma and whose previous experience of intervention was not perceived positively.

Source:Brighton & Hove LSCB Date: 27 July 2017

Further information:Brighton & Hove local safeguarding children board serious case review: Siblings W and X (PDF)

31 Jul 2017

Domestic abuse

Cafcass and Women's Aid have published findings from research looking at domestic abuse allegations in a random sample of 216 child contact cases. Findings include: domestic abuse was alleged in 62% of applications to the family court about where a child should live or spend time. The most common additional concerns raised were parental substance abuse; parental mental health and emotional child abuse.

Source: Cafcass Date: 27 July 2017

Further information: Allegations of domestic abuse in child contact cases (PDF)

28 Jul 2017

Vacancy for a Practice Development Officer Countywide Fixed Term for 2 years

An exciting opportunity to be part of Cumbria County Council's leadership team in improving practice in Cumbria via the implementations of the Signs of Safety model across the whole service for children, young people and their families. The Signs of Safety journey has already started with a lot of success but these dedicated posts will allow to drive forward this practice model towards full implementation. If you would like to discuss this role please contact Lynn Berryman, Senior Manager, Carlisle and Eden, Operational lead for Signs of Safety

Salary 37,306 - 38,237

Full time

For full details of the role please click here - Practice Development Officer

Interviews will take place on 1 September 2017 and appointment to this post is subject to Enhanced Vetting Checks

Closing date 16 August 2017

26 Jul 2017

Child protection information sharing: free webinars

NHS Digital is running a series of webinars in August and September to help healthcare organisations and local authorities learn more about Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS) an dhow to implement it. The CP-IS project is linking IT systems together and helping organisations to change business processes so that child protection information can be shared securely between local authorities and NHS unscheduled care settings. CP-IS aims to ensure that health and social care staff have a more complete picture of a child's interactions with health and social care services.

Source: NHS Digital Date: 20 July 2017

Further information: Implementing Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) and lCP-IS: what is it and how does it work? (YouTube video)

26 Jul 2017

'Signs of Safety' practice in children's services: an evaluation

The Department of Education (DfE) has published an evaluation project to transform children's services in 10 local authorities by implementing signs of safety (SoS) practice which aims to improve the quality of direct social work with children, young people and their families. Findings from a survey of 471 social workers who participated on the project include: improved quality of their assessments since the adoption of the SoS programme; better communication with families, and great inclusion of children and young people. Findings from interviews with 270 families showed that 52% were satisfied with the contact with social workers and believed their lives had been improved as a result.

Source: DfE Date: 06 July 2017

Further information: Evaluation of Signs of safety in 10 pilots: research report (PDF)

20 Jul 2017

Council's Young Perspective Board wins 'Outstanding Young Citizen' award at Police and Crime Commissioner Community Awards

Cumbria County Council is delighted to announce that the Young Perspective Board has collectively won the 'Outstanding Young Citizen' of the year at the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner Awards. For further details please click here.

17 Jul 2017

Impact of child sexual abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a rapid evidence assessment summarising the existing evidence for the impact of child sexual abuse (CSA) and identifying gaps in the evidence. The report found evidence that CSA is associated with an increased risk of adverse outcomes in almost every sphere of victims and survivors' lives, and that this risk can persist across their lifespan. Gaps in evidence include the impact of CSA on: younger victims (pre-adolescent) and older survivors (65 plus); black and minority ethnic, lesbian, gap, bisexual and transgender and disabled people; male victims and survivors; the non-abusing father, siblings, partners and children of victims and survivors.

Source: IICSA Date: 04 July 2017

Further information: The impacts of child sexual abuse: a rapid evidence assessment: summary report (PDF)

17 Jul 2017

Preventing bullying in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a new version of 'Preventing and tackling bullying' outlining: the government's approach to bullying; legal obligations and the powers schools have to tackle bullying; and the principles which underpin the most effective anti-bullying strategies in schools in England. The advise also lists further resources through which school staff can access specialist information on the specific issues that they face.

Source: DfE Date: 04 July 2017

Further information: Preventing and tackling bullying: advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies (PDF)

17 Jul 2017

Child sexual exploitation: prevention and intervention

Public Health England (PHE) has published an evidence summary and framework to support local public health leaders to prevent and intervene early in cases of child sexual exploitation in the UK.

Source: PHE Date: 11 July 2017

Further information: Child sexual exploitation: how public health can support prevention and intervention (PDF)

17 Jul 2017

Child sexual exploitation: literature search

Public Health England (PHE) has published a literature search to identify the latest international research about effective interventions to prevent child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.

Source: PHE Date: 11 July 2017

Further information: Child sexual exploitation: how public health can support prevention and intervention - literature search (PDF)

5 Jul 2017

SafeLives publishes Safe Young Lives: Young People and domestic abuse

SafeLives has published the reportSafe Young Lives: Young People and domestic abuse. The report was developed out of the Spotlight on Young People.

They have also releasedSafeLives response to the report from the Children's Commissioner,which highlights that millions of children in England are growing up in high risk environments.

Keep checking into the Spotlight project as there is a range of interesting themes coming up over the next twelve months. They have just completed the Spotlight on 'honour' - based violenceand forced marriage and will be starting the next Spotlight on homelessness and domestic abuse in August 2017.

23 Jun 2017

Positive Relationships

Voice box, ChildLine's weekly video chat, discusses how to have as healthy and positive a relationship as possible.

Source:YouTube Date: 31 May 2017

Further information: Childline

23 Jun 2017

Bullying in online gaming environments

Ditch the Label has published research looking at children and young people's experiences of being subjected to, witnessing and perpetrating bullying in online gaming environments. Findings from a survey of 2,515 UK young people aged 12-25 conducted within the Habbo game, a virtual hotel where people go to chat, play games and make friends, include: 57% reported that they have been bullied in an online game; 47% have received threats; and 40% have had unwanted sexual content in an online game. 20% of the children and young people surveyed said they had bullied someone online.

Source: Ditch the LabelDate: 1 June 2017

Further information:In game abuse: the extent and nature of online bullying within digital gaming environments (PDF)

24 May 2017

PAUSE Practice Lead vacancy

Are you ambitious, creative and influential, and passionate about reducing the number of children being taken into care each year by supporting women to bring about change in their lives?

Pause is a charity working with women who have experienced - or are at risk of - repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care. An exciting opportunity to be Practice Lead is being advertised, please follow the below link.

As Practice Lead you will provide leadership to the Pause Practice in Cumbria, ensuring the implementation and delivery of an integrated package of health, therapeutic and social support.

Please click here for further information, closing date Friday 2 June.

24 May 2017

Why this online game is putting teenagers at severe risk

The Blue Whale Challenge, also known as the Blue Whale suicide game, has seen a flurry of activity over the last few weeks, encouraging vulnerable teenagers to take their lives and already resulting in 130 deaths in Russia.

The deadly social media game leads young people through 50 dangerous challenges, with the final task telling the individual to commit suicide.

Read the article that we published that highlight the dangers of this life-threatening trend

Find out more

22 May 2017

Children affected by domestic abuse

Children & Young People Now reports that Buttle UK has released figures following analysis of grant-giving which shows that: it received 9,909 referrals about children affected by domestic abuse during 2016, an increase in referrals of 33% on the previous year; 3,384 of these referrals related to children aged four or under.

Source: Children & Young People Now Date: 15 May 2017

Further information:Buttle UK

22 May 2017

Technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour

The NSPCC has published a report analysing data from their Turn the Page service, which supports children and young people aged 5-18 who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB), looking at the characteristics of children and young people who display HSCB using online and mobile channels. Findings from analysis of 275 cases and case file data from a random sample of 91 boys and young men include: 46% of all the children and young people who were assessed for Turn the Page displayed some form of Technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSCB), including 7% who only displayed TA-HSB with no offline HSB; within the random sample of boys and young men, the most common form of TA-HSB was the possession, making and/or distribution of indecent images of children; the developmentally inappropriate use of pornography was identified as a trigger for offline HSB in more than half of the cases where boys and young men displayed both offline and TA-HSB.

Source: NSPCC Date: 18 May 2017

Further information:Children and young people who engage in technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour: a study of their behaviours, backgrounds and characteristics (PDF)

22 May 2017

Social media and young people?s mental health and wellbeing

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM) have published a report examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people's health in the UK. Findings from a poll 1,479 young people aged 14-24 looking at how each of the social media platforms they use impacts upon 14 health and wellbeing-related issues show that: YouTube was considered to have the most positive impact on mental health; while Snapchat and Instagram were considered to be the most detrimental to young people's mental health and wellbeing.

Source: RSPH Date: 19 May 2017

Further information:#statusofmind

16 May 2017

LSCB Lay Member Vacancies

Cumbria LSCB are recruiting Lay Members. For further information please see job advert and job description/person specification below.

LSCB Lay Member Job Advert

LSCB Lay Member Job Description/Person Specification

8 May 2017

Brads Story - how he helped save a child from neglect

The NSPCC have published 'Brad's Story on how he helped save a child from neglect'. When Brad an engineer, came across a child living in a dirty flat, he didn't think twice about reporting it. He called the NSPCC's helpline and spoke to them about his concerns. Please click here to view the full video of Brad's story.

5 May 2017

Southlakes Practitioner Forum 11 May 2017 change of venue

The Southlakes practitioner forum in Kendal on Thursday 11 May 2017 will now be held at Kendal Town Hall. Full details of all practitioner forums are on the LSCB website here.

2 May 2017

Understanding wellbeing after child sexual abuse

The NSPCC's Impact and evidence series features a blog by Dr Debbie Allnock, Dr Camille Warrington and Dr Helen Beckett, from the International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire, talking about new research that highlights the importance of learning from those affected by sexual abuse. The research will create opportunities for young people who have been sexually abused to share what they think would help improve their wellbeing. The research aims to: map the mental health and wellbeing support needs of young people who experience sexual abuse in adolescence; learn more about how young people define the concepts of mental health, wellbeing and resilience after abuse; and develop a more child-centred theoretical framework for thinking about these issues.

Source:NSPCCDate: 02 May 2017

26 Apr 2017

Coercion and Control

The Serious Crime Act 2015 creates a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships (section 76). This website is for social workers and other health and social care practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in working with situations of coercive control (Research in Practice for Adults and Women's Aid). This resource was commissioned by the Chief Social Worker's Office at the Dept of Health.

25 Apr 2017

Child Sexual Exploitation Training - new training dates available

Cumbria LSCB have published dates for its 2017/18 CSE Training. The LSCB now provides four levels of CSE training. Please click here for further information

24 Apr 2017

Stability for children in care

The Children's Commissioner for England has published a report on the stability of the lives of children in care. Preliminary findings include: children in care say that changes in their home, school or the professional working with them affect their relationships with adults and peers, making it difficult to trust others and build connections; it is estimated that, during the year ending 31st March 2016, 71% of all children in care in England experienced a change in their placement, school or their social worker.

Source:Children's Commissioner for England Date: 12 April 2017

Further information:

24 Apr 2017

Making Noise - short animation

The University of Bedfordshire in partnership with the NSPCC has released a short animation to help practitioners gain insight into the feelings and perspectives of children affected by child sexual abuse in the family. The films puts the focus on children and young people's voices for positive change after sexual abuse, and was produced in partnership with a group of young people who advised on the Making Noise research project and its dissemination.

Source:YouTube Date: 20 April 2017

11 Apr 2017

Indecent images of children: guidance for young people

The Home Office has published guidance to help young people understand the law on making or sharing indecent images of children. The guidance includes: definitions of some of the terms used in legislation; examples of situations covered by the law; three short films highlighting the harm that viewing indecent images of children can cause.

Source:Home Office Date: 29 March 2017

Further information:Indecent images of children: guidance for young people


3 Apr 2017

Young parent's advice website

Family Rights Group has launched a website for young parents whose children are involved with children's services whether as children in need, deemed at risk, in care or adopted. The website includes information and tips to help young parents: understand their rights and options; seek the support they need for their children; get ready for meetings with their child's social worker; know what to expect if care proceedings begin. Includes also: tailored information for young fathers, young parents who are themselves care leavers, and young parents experiencing domestic violence.

Source: Young Parents Advice Date: 30 March 2017

3 Apr 2017

Childhood neglect and abuse: evidence review

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an evidence review examining the effects of abuse and neglect on children, and whether different placement types affect their outcomes. Findings from the review of UK research fro 2000 to 2016 includes: neglect is the most prevalent form of maltreatment; providing earlier, effective and holistic support to parents, whilst keeping the child's welfare in mind, can reduce the risk of maltreatment; the age of the child at entry to care has been consistently found to be associated with the stability of placements and children's well-being; positive changes to the caregiving environment can help children to recover from their experiences of maltreatment; children and young people may also need specialist therapeutic support to help them recover from adverse impacts of maltreatment and to make sense of their experiences.

Source: DfE Date: 27 March 2017

Further information:The impacts of abuse and neglect on children; and comparison of different placement options: evidence review (PDF)

22 Mar 2017

The LSCB Young People's Shadow Board is changing its name

We are excited to announce that the LSCB Young People's Shadow Board is changing its name to The Young Perspective Board.

The new name reflects how the young people involved want to be seen, they felt that the old name "LSCB Children and Young People's Shadow Board" gave the wrong impression and suggested they follow or observe the LSCB. They wanted a name to reflect their goal; "to get the voice of young people who aren't often heard and develop projects to keep young people in Cumbria safe".

They will continue to operate in its current structure, and all contacts will remain the unchanged. There is no change to future meeting dates or venues.

The next meeting of the Young Perspective Board is Saturday 8th April 12.00pm - 3.00pm at Penrith Fire Station.

20 Mar 2017

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day took place on 18 March 2017. The day aimed to: highlight the issues surrounding child sexual exploitation (CSE); encourage everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse; promote zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children and children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.

Source: STOP CSE Date: 17 March 2017

Further information:NSPCC

20 Mar 2017

Childline launches counselling app

Childline has launched a new app providing counselling to young people in the UK and Channel Islands through their smartphone. The app, named 'For Me' and invented by four teenagers, allows users to interact with all Childline's online services including 1-2-1 chant with a counsellor; the 'Ask Sam' problem pages; and entrance to their private 'locker', an area where they have their own daily mood tracker and can write down personal thoughts.

Source:NSPCC Date: 16 March 2017

14 Mar 2017

Domestic abuse resource for health professionals

The Department of Health (DoH) has published a resource looking at how health professionals in England can support adults and young people aged over 16 who are experiencing domestic abuse, and dependent children in their households. The resource covers: the legal and policy contexts of domestic abuse; information for commissioners and service providers; and what health practitioners need to know. Annexes include: examples of domestic abuse behaviours; and risk identification tools for adults and dependent children and young people.

Source: DoH Date: 08 March 2017

Further information:Responding to domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals (PDF)

14 Mar 2017

Rethinking 'did not attend'

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board has produced a short video animation to encourage practitioners to identify children as 'Was Not Brought' as opposed to 'Did Not Attend' (DNA) when referring to them not being presented at medical appointments. The NSPCC thematic briefing on learning from case reviews for the health sector finds that the DNA category does not recognise the real issue which is children not being taken to appointments, a potential indicator of neglect.

Source: Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board Date: 09 March 2017

Further information:Rethinking 'Did not attend' (YouTube)

Health: learning from case reviews

1 Mar 2017

National Safeguarding Month

UK Youth has launched its #StopLookListen17 campaign to mark National Safeguarding month, 28 February - 31 March. The campaign calls on organisations that work with young people to "Stop what they're doing, Look at their safeguarding practices, Listen to young people".

Source:UK Youth Date: 24 February 2017

Further information: #StopLookListen17

27 Feb 2017

Self-Help Tool for Bullying

Childline has launched an online self-help tool for young people experiencing bullying. 'Bounce back from bullying' aims to help young people: understand whether what they are experiencing is bullying; build their resilience; gain help and support from counsellors. The tool asks questions about different aspects of bullying, and gives young people the tools they need, based on their answers, to build confidence and seek support. Click here for further details.

13 Feb 2017

Influence of images and videos in young people's digital lives

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a report looking into the role and influence of images and videos in young people's digital lives and the influence this can have on their self-esteem, behaviour and emotions. Findings from a survey of 1,500 young people aged 8-17 years old in the UK include: 70% said they have seen images and videos not suitable for their age in the last year; 22% said that someone has posted an image or video to bully them; and 45% of 13-17 year olds have see nude or nearly nude photos of someone they know being shared around their school or local community.

Source: UK Safer Internet Centre Date: 07 February 2017

Further information:Power of image report (PDF)

8 Feb 2017

Disrespect NoBody

The Home Office has launched Disrespect NoBody, a campaign to help young people understand what a healthy relationship is and re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and consent.

Source: Disrespect NoBody Date: 27 January 2017

Further information: Disrespect NoBody campaign

Disrespect NoBody: campaign posters

8 Feb 2017

Young People and Domestic Abuse

SafeLives has launched a spotlight on the experience of 13-17 year olds affected by domestic abuse, and the professionals who support them. From the end of January to the middle of March, resources being made available will include: research; practical resources for professionals; practitioner advise/guidance; young people's testimonies; a webinar from 1-2pm on 03 March; a Twitter Q&A from 1-2pm on 15 March, using the hashtag #SafeYoungLives.

Source: SafeLives Date 29 January 2017

Further information: Introduction to spotlight on young people experiencing domestic abuse

31 Jan 2017

New Training Dates

The LSCB are pleased to announce new training dates have been published on the website. Further dates for Safeguarding Responsibilities, Threshold Guidance & Referral Process (Level 2), Safeguarding & Child Protection Working Together to Safeguard Children (Level 3) and Early Help Assessment Training and many more. Please refer to the training pages of the website - click here.

26 Jan 2017

Keeping Children Safe Online

Social media apps; we are now living in age when the World Wide Web and access to unlimited information is at our fingertips. Increasingly children of all ages are using the internet for a variety of different reasons. Read more...

24 Jan 2017

Self-help tool for bullying

Childline has launched an online self-help tool for young people experiencing bullying. 'Bounce back from bullying' aims to help young people: understand whether what they are experiencing is bullying; build their resilience; gain help and support from counsellors. The tool asks questions about different aspects of bullying, and gives young people the tools they need, based on their answers, to build confidence and seek support.

Source: Childline Date: 16 January 2017

23 Jan 2017

The lives of young carers

The Department of Education (DfE) has published research on the effect of caring on the lives of young carers in England. Key findings from a survey of the parents of young carers aged 5 to 17 and young carers aged 11 to 17 include: 78% of young carers were reported by their parents to be undertaking practical tasks as part of their caring responsibilities; 19% of parents of young carers helping within the household reported that their child had received an assessment of the child's needs by the local authority and 64% were receiving no support, whether formal or informal.

Source: DfE Date: 12 January 2017

Further information:The lives of young carers in England (PDF)

The lives of young carers in England: appendices to research report (PDF)

19 Jan 2017

Digital technology and child protection

Child Abuse Review has published a special issue covering digital technology, child abuse and child protection. Articles include a review of the role of technology in managing people who have been convicted of internet child abuse images offences, written by Claire Lilley, the NSPCC's Head of Child Safety Online, and the University of Bedfordshire. Findings include: the technologically enabled management strategies outlined in the article each have features which might contribute to the management of internet child sex offenders, but none have yet been proven or disproven to be effective.

Source:Child Abuse Review (some content is available for subscribers only) Date: 13 January 2017

Further information:The role of technology in managing people who have been convicted of internet child abuse image offences

19 Jan 2017

Mental health problems in young people with learning disabilities

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard on identifying and managing mental health problems in people with learning disabilities in England. Recommendations include: young people and adults with learning disabilities should have an annual health check that includes a review of mental health problems.

Source: NICEDate: 10 January 2017

Further information: Learning disabilities: identifying and managing mental health problems: quality standard

19 Jan 2017

Keeping children safe while playing sport

The Daily Telegraph features an article by NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless, looking at how children can be protected from being targeted, groomed or abused while playing sport.

Source: Daily Telegraph Date: 10 January 2017

10 Jan 2017

Online Safety

The NSPCC and O2 have launched a campaign to illustrate how innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. Highlights how using parental controls to block or filter content can help keep children safe online and includes information on how to set up parental controls on mobiles and tablets, home computers, search engines and games consoles.

Source: NSPCC Date: 06 January 2017

10 Jan 2017

Film warning about online grooming

Leicestershire Police has made its film to raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming publicly available. Based on the story of teenager Kayleigh Haywood, the film highlights how quickly and easily children can be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. Kayleigh's love story is available to watch online in eight different versions, including a signed version, and audio described version and versions translated into five languages. It has previously been shown to school children aged 11 and above in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in controlled screenings by specially trained officers.

Source: Leicestershire Police Date: 03 January 2017

Further information:Kayleigh's love story

Audio described - Kayleigh's love story

BSL and subtitles - Kayleigh's love story

Gujarati - Kayleigh's love story

Hindi - Kayleigh's love story

Polish - Kayleigh's love story

Punjabi - Kayleigh's love story

Urdu - Kayleigh's love story

19 Dec 2016

Violence against women and girls newsletter

The Home Office has published the winter 2016 edition of the violence against women and girls newsletter. This includes up to date information on: the updated domestic violence disclosure scheme guidance; the stalking protection order; the forced marriage unit; the National FGM Centre.

Source: Home OfficeDate: 12 December 2016

Further information: Violence against women and girls newsletter: winter 2016 (PDF)

6 Dec 2016

Updates to information about female genital mutilation

The Home Office has made updates to its documents about female genital mutilation (FGM). These include: the statement opposing FGM; the procedural information for mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation; the factsheet on FGM protection orders.

Source: Home Office Date: 01 December 2016

Further information:Statement opposing female genital mutilation

Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation: procedural information

FGM protection orders: factsheet

2 Dec 2016

Helpline for footballers who have experienced sexual abuse

The NSPCC, supported by the Football Association (FA) has launched a free, 24 hour helpline to offer support to anyone who was sexually abused in football as a child. The number to call is 0800 023 2642. Advice is also offered for parents about making sure their child is safe at clubs and activities.

Source: NSPCCDate: 24 November 2016

22 Nov 2016

Launch of new resource for 8 to 10 year olds - Play Like Share

CEOP are very excited to share their brand new resource Play Like Share with you.

  • This three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack aims to help eight-to-ten year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online such as sharing content.

Download Play Like Share films and resources pack here

8 Nov 2016

Young People's experiences on moving on from child sexual exploitation

The University of York and Basis Yorkshire have worked with young women from Basis Yorkshire and a young man from the BLAST Project to create Breaking Through, a new set of resources about child sexual exploitation (CSE). These include an animation of young people talking about their experiences of getting involved in CSE and moving on from it, a booklet with short quotes from their stories and all the stories in full.

Source: Basis Yorkshire Date: 02 November 2016

Further information:

Breaking through - moving on from child sexual exploitation

Breaking through - moving on from child sexual exploitation: our stories

Breaking through - moving on from child sexual exploitation: our stories in full

8 Nov 2016

Save the Date - Serious Case Review Event (Neglect Conference)

On the 20th January 2017, Cumbria LSCB will host a Neglect Conference which will be the first of three SCR events. The Neglect conference will include sessions from experts at a national and local level, will launch the Cumbria LSCB Neglect Strategy and the roll out of the practitioner training events.

Key note speech by Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice.

More details an dhow to book onto the event will be published soon.

26 Oct 2016

Neglect Assessments

The NSPCC's Impact and evidence series features a blog by Robyn Johnson, Senior Evaluation Officer, who shares tips for improving neglect assessments.

Source:NSPCCDate: 24 October 2016

26 Oct 2016

Stigma around Young People's Mental Health

YMCA has published a report on the stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties. Key findings from interviews with young people aged 11-24 from across England and Wales include: 38% of the young people who identified as having mental health difficulties had felt the negative impact of stigma; of these 70% said they have been subject to prejudice, 54% were left out of activities, 36% experienced verbal abuse, and 56% said it made them less likely to seek professional help.

Source:YMCADate: 10 October 2016

Further information:

I am whole: a report investigating the stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties (PDF)

I am whole: a collection of stories from young people about their experiences of mental health difficulties (PDF)

26 Oct 2016

Online Safety Resources

@Teacher Toolkit shares resources created by Digital Awareness UK and the Girl's Day School Trust to help teachers protect their students online. Live My Digital is a series of 6 films for parents and 6 films for students on topics such as sexting, cyberbullying and grooming.

Source: @Teacher Toolkit Date: 05 October 2016

Further information: Live My Digital and Digital Awareness UK

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