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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

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)

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