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6 Aug 2018

Children and young people's mental health

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


Source: UK Parliament Date: 01 August 2018


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



19 Jul 2018

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

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

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

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



17 Jul 2018

Child mental health

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


Source: Guardian Date: 12 July 2018


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



17 Jul 2018

Sexually exploited boys

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


Source: Barnardo's Date: 11 July 2018



17 Jul 2018

Bullying in schools

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


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


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



10 Jul 2018

Joint inspections of the multi- agency response to older children

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

Source: Gov.uk Date: 06 July 2018

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



10 Jul 2018

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners: advice

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

Source: DfE Date: 04 July 2018

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



10 Jul 2018

Disqualification by association: statutory guidance

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

Source: DfE Date: 02 July 2018

Further information: Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006: draft statutory guidance for local authorities, maintained schools, academies and free schools (PDF)

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



10 Jul 2018

Children's social care referrals

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

Source: Action for Children Date: 30 June 2018

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



5 Jul 2018

New Working Together 2018 Guidance published by the DfE

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

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


18 Jun 2018

Mental health support for children in care

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

Source: DfE Date: 13 June 2018


18 Jun 2018

Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying

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

Source: DfE Date: 13 June 2018




18 Jun 2018

Bullying in schools

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

Source: DfE Date: 13 June 2018



18 Jun 2018

Stand up to bullying day: resources

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

Source: Stand Up To Bullying Date: 13 June 2018

Further information: Stand up to bullying: resources


18 Jun 2018

FGM statistics update

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

Source: NHS Digital Date: 07 June 2018



18 Jun 2018

Child abuse image database

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

Source: Home Office Date: 07 June 2018



12 Jun 2018

NSPCC online course: It's your call

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




12 Jun 2018

Young people and their foster carersā?? experience of education

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

Source: TACT Date: 04 June 2018



12 Jun 2018

Trauma-informed recovery service model

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

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



29 May 2018

Experiences of children forced into migration

The Child Trafficking Advice Centre [CTAC] has published a report looking at the experiences of children forced into migration through northern France into the UK. Findings from a study of case files from 196 referrals to CTAC relating to children being moved from France between August 2016 and November 2017 found that: the youngest children referred to CTAC were nine years old with 15 being the most common age for a child being referred. A workbook, for professionals to use when working with children who have been forced into migration to help explore their experiences prior to arriving in the UK, has been published alongside the report.

Source: NSPCC: Uprooted and unprotected Date: 29 May 2018



29 May 2018

Parental alcohol and drug use: toolkit for local authorities

Public Health England (PHE) has published a toolkit for local authorities to help identify problematic parental drug and alcohol use in their area, and to understand the impact this can have on children and young people living in the same household. The toolkit includes data on local prevalence and unmet need amongst adults who live with one or more child and misuse substances. It aims to: help local authorities commission services to reduce and prevent harm to children and families; and address the effects of adverse childhood experiences and to safeguard children.

Source: PHE Date: 22 May 2018

Further information: Children & Young People Now


22 May 2018

Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) has published 2 new guidance documents for schools and colleges in England on keeping children safe in education, which will come into effect on 3 September 2018. Schools and colleges must continue to have regard to Keeping children safe in education 2016 until this point. Sections of the guidance, including those relating to multi-agency working and information sharing, will be updated again when the new Working together to safeguard children statutory guidance is published.

Source: DfE website Date: 17 May 2018



The NSPCC has published a briefing on the key updates to the statutory guidance.



22 May 2018

Child experiencing domestic abuse

The BMJ has published findings from research carried out by the universities of Bristol, Queen Mary and Cambridge in the UK and McMaster and Western in Canada looking at evidence on the best ways to identify and respond to children experiencing domestic abuse. Findings from a review of 11 studies with 42 children, 220 parents, and 251 health care and social services professionals include: children and mothers wanted professionals to talk to children directly and engage them in safety planning; professionals preferred to engage with children via the parent, and did not perceive children exposed to domestic abuse as patients or clients in their own right; health care professionals should enquire about the child's safety when they see clinical signs of domestic violence and abuse in children.

Source: The Conversation Date: 09 May 2018



15 May 2018

Children, Young People and Families Wellbeing Model - Stakeholder Engagement Events

Cumbria County Council would like to invite you to a redesign consultation event for the new Children, Young People and Families Wellbeing Model.

Events are being held in Carlisle and Workington. For further details please click on either of the following dates

Tuesday 22nd May (9.30am-12pm) Energus, Blackwood Road, Lillyhall, Workington CA14 4JW

Thursday 24th May (4pm-6pm) Botcherby Community Centre, Victoria Road, Carlisle, CA12UE


14 May 2018

NSPCC online course: Keeping children safe online

The NSPCC has updated its online introductory training course to help people who work with children learn how to keep them safe from online abuse. Learning outcomes include: how children use the internet and technology; the risks children take online; harmful online content; and how to make organisations safer places for children to go online.



14 May 2018

Female genital mutilation clinical handbook

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a clinical handbook on the care of girls and women living with female genital mutilation (FGM). The Handbook offers advice on how to: communicate effectively and sensitively with girls who have developed health issues due to FGM; work with patients and families to prevent the practice of FGM; and identify when and where to refer patients who need additional support and care.

Source: WHO Date: 01 May 2018



8 May 2018

Update to Net Aware website and app

Net Aware, the NSPCC and O2 website and app providing information for parents or anyone working with children to stay up to date and keep children safe in today's digital world, has been updated with new reviews from parents and young people. Fourteen new sites, apps and games now feature on the website and app including Yubo, Sarahah, Discord and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Net Aware provides online safety information and advice on privacy settings and other features, as well as recommended age guidance and risk ratings for inappropriate content.

Source: Net Aware website

Download the app from Google Play or the App Store



8 May 2018

Updates to Ofsted early years compliance handbook

Ofsted has released updates to the Early years compliance handbook, outlining what Ofsted does when a childminder or childcare provider does not comply with regulations. Updates include: changes to the DBS referral process, reflecting the ability to make referrals online; the inclusion of what must be covered in planning regulatory visits; and changes to use of the word 'investigation' throughout the Handbook.

Source: Ofsted Date: 02 May 2018



8 May 2018

Supporting bisexual young people in secondary schools

Stonewall has published guidance for secondary schools providing insight into the experiences of bisexual young people in schools and highlighting issues that bisexual people of all ages face. The guidance includes: definitions of terms including biphobia and bi-erasure; ways in which schools can tackle these issues as part of their wider work on LGBT inclusion; and practical tips on training school staff, to talking about bi issues with students, and building an inclusive school environment.

Source: Stonewall Date: 30 April 2018



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