News and Events

20 May 2019

Recognising grooming

The NSPCC has published a blog on how teachers can recognise the signs of grooming and take action. The blog covers watching out for unusual behaviour, being alert to smaller signs of grooming and talking to young people if you notice something.

Source: NSPCC Learning: Grooming is often discovered not disclosed - so how can teachers spot the signs? Date: 15 May 2019



20 May 2019

Deprivation of liberty

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 has received Royal Assent and become law. The legislation provides for the repeal of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) and their replacement with the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). The LPS will apply to 16- and 17-year-olds where the DoLS applied to those aged 18 and over. The Act is expected to be implemented in Spring 2020.

Source: Parliament Date: 16 May 2019

Further information: How the law on authorising deprivation of liberty will change

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Safeguarding 16- to 25-year-olds: online course



9 Apr 2019

Disadvantaged and vulnerable parents

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has published a report about how to engage disadvantaged and vulnerable parents in parenting and parental conflict services. Findings, based on a rapid evidence review, include: interventions can lack sensitivity to the needs of disadvantaged groups; multiple communication channels, well-integrated services and a targeted offer are seen as good methods for recruiting parents; and adapting content and delivery, developing a strong therapeutic alliance and removing stigma associated with seeking support can help keep parents involved. Recommendations include: monitoring data should be collected throughout intervention delivery and a focus on workforce skills and capacity is needed. The EIF has also published an updated guide for commissioners on reducing parental conflict and an outcomes framework for addressing parental conflict.

Source: EIF Date: 04 April 2019

Further information: Commissioner guide: reducing parental conflict

Help us help you: developing an outcomes framework for addressing parental conflict



9 Apr 2019

Childrens mental health

The What Works Centre has published an evaluation of a study on preventative interventions and children's mental health. The study showed that these interventions had a positive effect and the risk of children developing the same mental health problems as their parents decreased by 40%. The What Works Centre assessed the strength of evidence used in this study as 'moderate' - the second highest grading they award - and concluded that professionals in the UK can now have greater confidence in the effectiveness of these interventions.

Source: What Works Centre Date: 01 April 2019

Further information: Effect of preventive interventions in mentally ill parents on the mental health of the offspring: systematic review and meta-analysis (abstract)



8 Apr 2019

Schools and Knife Crime

Ofsted has published findings from a research project into knife crime and safeguarding children and young people in education in London. Recommendations from the research in 29 schools, colleges and pupil referral units (PRUs) include: local community safety partnerships should involve schools in developing and implementing strategies to address serious youth violence; the Department for Education (DfE) should collect data about the managed moves of children between schools; safeguarding partners should involve schools in assessing and responding to local needs; schools should share full information with one another when children move between education settings; and schools should consider how their personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) curriculum reflects local issues, including knife crime.

Source: Ofsted Date: 12 March 2019

Further information: Safeguarding children and young people in education from knife crime: lessons from London (PDF)

Her Majesty's Chief Inspector (HMCI) commentary on knife crime



8 Apr 2019

Relationships, health and sex education briefing

The NSPCC has produced a CASPAR briefing summarising the Department for Education's (DfE's) draft statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education should be implemented in all schools in England by 2020. The briefing sets out key points covered in the guidance, including: developing a policy, content, parents' right to withdraw, whole school approach and safeguarding.

Source: NSPCC Learning: relationships, health and sex education draft statutory guidance: CASPAR briefing Date: 06 March 2019

Further information: NSPCC Learning: putting safeguarding at the heart of relationships and sex education

NSPCC Learning: managing sexualised behaviour in schools: online courses



8 Apr 2019

Language and the care system

The Adolescent and Children's Trust (TACT) has published a glossary of words and terms used by the care system. The report, produced in collaboration with children and care experienced young people and 15 local authorities and organisations, sets out suggestions for better ways to talk about the care system to reduce stigma and remove barriers to understanding.

Source: TACT Date: 06 March 2019

Further Information: Language that cares: changing the way professionals talk about children in care (PDF)

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Looked after children



11 Mar 2019

#CiCC Launches

The Cumbria CiCC's launch their #CiCC campaign today (Children in Care Council). It is an idea developed by the young people (at the County CiCC).

The campaign aims:

  • To spread awareness of the #CiCC campaign and help promote it to young people.
  • To raise awareness of Children in Care Councils and how to be involved
  • To encourage more young people to be involved in Cumbria's CiCC
  • To highlight how young people living out of County or those who don't wish to attend meetings can still raise issues to the CiCC.

As part of the campaign information packs will be posted out to young people today that have been designed by the young people, the packs contain; a letter written by the CiCC sharing their experiences, a leaflet, a CiCC poster, Cumbria's Promise, CiCC business card, and an invitation to the CiCC adventure and consultation forum on 11th May. Attached are a couple of examples of some of their work. CiCC 1 / CiCC 2

Please support the campaign by tweeting and sharing #CiCC


11 Feb 2019

Safeguarding 16 to 25 year olds: online course

This online training course is for anyone who works with 16- to 25-year-olds in England or Wales. Produced by the NSPCC in association with the Ann Craft Trust, it will help give you a clear understanding of your role and responsibilities in safeguarding young people from abuse, neglect or harm.

Source: NSPCC Learning: Safeguarding 16- to 25-year-olds: online course

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Safeguarding children and child protection



11 Feb 2019

Female genital mutilation

The National FGM Centre has developed a toolkit to help social workers carry out direct work with families and girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM), or who have undergone FGM. The toolkit provides plans for sessions aimed at children aged seven and older with separate activities for parents, carers and young people. An infographic showing the potential health consequences of FGM has also been published.

Source: National FGM Centre Date: 06 February 2019

Further information: FGM direct work toolkit (PDF)

Potential health consequences of FGM: infographic (PDF)

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



11 Feb 2019

Online safeguarding: early years

The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) has published guidance to help early years settings managers and practitioners ensure that their online safeguarding practice is in line with statutory requirements and best practice. The guidance includes: a checklist of current statutory guidance with key questions to help early years managers reflect and evidence their existing practice; and resources which can be used by practitioners in early years settings to safeguard children, parents and themselves as professionals online.

Source: UKCIS Date: 04 February 2019

Further information: Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety considerations for managers (PDF)

Safeguarding children and protecting professionals in early years settings: online safety guidance for practitioners (PDF)

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from online abuse



30 Jan 2019

Teaching resources about positive relationships

The NSPCC, in partnership with the School of performance and media production at York St John University, has developed teaching resources to help children and young people recognise concerning behaviour and identify characteristics of positive relationships. It's Not OK includes lesson plans, short films and accompanying activities about topics such as: harmful sexual behaviour; child sexual abuse; child sexual exploitation; sexting; and grooming. The resources are designed to be used with children and young people aged 11+.

Source: NSPCC Learning: It's Not OK: teaching resources about positive relationships Date: 16 January 2019

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



30 Jan 2019

Suicide prevention

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in England has published a cross-government suicide prevention workplan. This sets out the actions being taken up to 2020 to carry out the suicide prevention strategy for England. It includes a focus on addressing the increase in suicide and self-harm among children and young people.

Source: DHSC Date: 22 January 2019

Further information: Cross-government suicide prevention workplan (PDF)



30 Jan 2019

Research into child sexual abuse

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA Centre) has published findings from a survey to map current and ongoing research into child sexual abuse in England and Wales. Findings from a questionnaire completed by 58 professionals involved in the commissioning, funding or delivery of research related to child sexual abuse found that: details of 163 projects were submitted; the most popular focus of studies was interventions, the majority of which looked at service responses for victims; online grooming and child sexual abuse imagery were key themes investigated by research into perpetration and common topics in research included responses to child sexual abuse by the police and the ways educational and sporting establishments safeguard children.

Source: CSA Centre Date: 23 January 2019



30 Jan 2019

Draft Domestic Abuse Bill

The Home Office has published its response to the domestic abuse consultation carried out in March 2018 along with a draft Domestic Abuse Bill for England and Wales. The statutory definition of domestic abuse in the draft Bill includes economic abuse and controlling and coercive behaviour. The NSPCC has responded to the Domestic Abuse Bill in Children and Young People Now, calling it a missed opportunity to recognise children as victims in law. Key points from the consultation response include: recognition of the impact of being exposed to domestic abuse on children; provision for including teaching about domestic abuse in relationships education in schools; and support for children exposed to domestic abuse. The Home Office has published a research report looking at economic and social costs of domestic abuse which includes a literature review on the impacts of witnessing domestic abuse on children in England and Wales.

Source: Home Office Date: 21 January 2019

Further information: Transforming the response to domestic abuse: consultation response and draft Bill (PDF)

The economic and social costs of domestic abuse (PDF)

Children and young people now

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from domestic abuse

her information: Mapping research into child sexual abuse: findings from an initial survey



22 Jan 2019

Safeguarding during adolescence

Research in Practice (RiP) has published a briefing on the relationship between contextual, complex and transitional safeguarding during adolescence. The briefing outlines what is meant by the terms 'complex safeguarding', 'contextual safeguarding' and 'transitional safeguarding' and how these approaches overlap and complement each other.

Source: RiP Date: 11 January 2019

Further information:Safeguarding during adolescence - the relationship between contextual safeguarding, complex safeguarding and transitional safeguarding (PDF)

Read more on NSPCC Learning:Safeguarding children and child protection



22 Jan 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019: education resources

The UK Safer Internet Centre has created educational resources to support teachers and educators as part of Safer Internet Day on 5 February 2019. A range of education packs include presentations along with lesson plans suitable for children and young people of different ages. A series of films (SID TV) have been created which aim to engage children and young people and help start conversations in schools.

Source:UK Safer Internet Centre Date: 11 January 2019

Further information:Safer Internet Day - SID TV 2019

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



22 Jan 2019

Multi-agency safeguarding arrangements

The National Children's Bureau (NCB) has published an interim report describing the activity of the Safeguarding early adopters programme. NCB is working with 17 Early Adopter (EA) projects to put in place new local arrangements for multi-agency safeguarding as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. The interim report describes the activity of the programme to date and the approaches which EA projects are testing and implementing. Topics to be explored in upcoming activity include: practice issues; the role of the designated health professional; and a format for transfer of activity from the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) to the new multi-agency safeguarding partnership.

Source:NCB Date: 21 December 2018

Further information:Safeguarding early adopters developing the learning on multi-agency safeguarding arrangements: interim report (PDF)

Safeguarding early adopters: overview of multi-agency safeguarding learning themes (PDF)

Read more on NSPCC Learning:Working together to safeguard children guidance



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)

Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from domestic abuse



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;-


https://www.nwcscnsenate.nhs.uk/strategic-clinical-network/scn-news/people-bereaved-suicide-opportunity-influence-service-improvements/


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: Gov.uk 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



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