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:Stability index: overview and initial findings April 2017 (PDF)
The University of Bedfordshire in partnership with the NSPCC has published a report looking at children's experiences of help-seeking and support after sexual abuse in the family. Findings from interviews with 53 children aged between 5 and 19 across England along with focus groups and a survey of wider groups of children show that: professionals often fail to pick up signs of child sexual abuse; many victims wait months or years before accessing appropriate therapeutic support; young people are more likely to disclose experiences of sexual abuse to peers than professionals; children's familial ties to the perpetrator have significant implications for the impacts on families; disabled children and young people, those from some minority ethnic communities, boys and young men and care experienced children and young people face additional barriers to identification or disclosure, and accessing services.
Source: NSPCC Date: 19 April 2017
Further information:Making noise: children's voices for positive change after sexual abuse (PDF)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
Furtherinformation:Power of image report (PDF)
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
@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
We would like to invite you to our Children and Young People's Emotional Resilience and Mental Wellbeing Learning events.
Please click here for further details of the events
Cumbria LSCB have agreed the refresh of the Multi-Agency Thresholds Guidance. Please click here to review
Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Whether you're a neighbour, teacher, nurse or anyone else who has contact with children the county council is encouraging you to work with them to identify Private Fostering arrangements for the safety and wellbeing of children in Cumbria.
It's important that the county council are made aware of Private Fostering arrangements. Private Fostering is a private arrangement and can often be hidden from agencies who have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children. Privately Fostered children can be vulnerable as they may not see their families very often. It is therefore important that their needs are assessed and their situation monitored to safeguard their well-being.
Professionals working with children should refer to the LSCB Procedure for Children Living Away from Home with Other Families. Teachers, health and other professionals should notify the county council of a private fostering arrangement that comes to their attention, where they are not satisfied that the arrangement has been or will be notified, call 0333 240 1727 or for more information seewww.cumbria.gov.uk/privatefostering.
The NSPCC's Impact and evidence insights series features a blog by Paul Whalley, Senior Evaluation Officer, who shares his advice for conducting home-based interviews with service users. Click here for the 7 tips
The UK Safer Internet Centre shares tips for parents on talking to their children about online safety ahead of the new school year. These include: encourage the child to share their online experiences with you by talking about your own experiences and asking for their opinions; if a child does come to you with a problem, stay calm and listen, then find a solution together.
Source: UK Safer Internet Centre (30 August 2016)
The NSPCC warns that the number of reports of indecent images offences made to police forces across the UK has risen from 4,530 in 2013 to 10,818 in 2015. More than 2,000 children were among those reported to police for indecent images offences over the last 3 years. Parents are urged to talk to children about the risks of sharing nude selfies on social media, which could be partly fuelling the rise in offences by children.
Source: NSPCC (1 September 2016)
The LSCB has published its Septembers newsletter. This month's newsletter is brought to you by the LSCB Policies and Procedures Sub Group.
The LSCB has published its August newsletter. See here for the latest updates including the new LSCB training offer.
Better together...getting it right for children and families Roadshows
Cumbria LSCB is holding a series of multi-agency events across the County for professionals who work with Children and Young People. The aim of the events is to provide support and information to all professionals who have safeguarding responsibilities.
For further details please click here