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14 Jan 2019

Children living with domestic abuse

The NSPCC is calling on the government to recognise children as victims when living with domestic abuse, to ensure they get the support they need. The government's proposed new statutory definition of domestic abuse, outlined in the consultation document Transforming the response to domestic abuse, only refers to the effects of abuse on those aged 16 and over.

Source: NSPCC Date: 10 January 2019

Further information: Transforming the response to domestic abuse: government consultation (PDF)

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14 Jan 2019

Child abuse and neglect research

Researchers from the University of Manchester and South Wales University have published findings from a systematic review of 68 studies looking at the association between different types of childhood abuse and suicide among adults. Findings include: an increased risk for suicide attempts and suicidal ideation was identified in adults who experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse as children compared with adults who have not experienced maltreatment during childhood; and adults exposed to sexual abuse and complex abuse in childhood were particularly vulnerable to suicidality.

Source: Guardian Date: 09 January 2019

Further information: Childhood maltreatment and adult suicidality: a comprehensive systematic review with meta-analysis (PDF)

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

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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

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