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Joint campaign on stopping domestic abuse

A major new report (PDF) published this week, based on a survey of local residents, reveals the public perception of domestic abuse and the urgent need to tackle it.

Last year in Sutton, domestic abuse accounted for more than a third of incidents of violence resulting in injury (467 out of 1,242)* and Sutton had the twelfth highest number of reports of domestic violence per 1,000 people out of the 32 London boroughs**.

The survey of 270 local residents conducted by Sutton Council in December 2017 revealed:

  • 96 per cent said they were familiar with the concept of domestic abuse.
  • Women were more likely to say they were familiar with domestic abuse.
  • Nearly two thirds said domestic abuse was a problem in Sutton.
  • 55 per cent said they would feel comfortable discussing concerns about domestic abuse with friends, 46 per cent with family, 18 per cent with neighbours.
  • 44 per cent would know where to go if they needed help from domestic abuse services.
  • 37 per cent would know where to go if they were concerned about their own behaviour.
  • Fear of making things worse was the top reason given as a barrier to seeking support, followed by uncertainty of what would happen to children.

Many incidents of domestic abuse are not reported to police. The estimated number of victims is thought to be much higher than the number of incidents and crimes recorded.  

Domestic abuse has been identified as an urgent policy priority of The Sutton Plan, a partnership of 23 local public, private and voluntary organisations. The Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme has been launched in Sutton, with £1.25 million being invested over three years to improve awareness and services relating to domestic abuse, including early intervention and prevention, such as working with schools.

The survey’s findings are now being used alongside the findings of an independent review of local services to improve the services Sutton provides and the support offered to address issues of domestic abuse over the next two years.

Its aims are:

  • People affected by domestic abuse will feel empowered to come forward early, knowing there is safe and effective support in place.
  • Perpetrators will be held to account, managed effectively and supported to make lasting change.
  • All public services will be working together with the community to prevent domestic abuse from happening.
  • Domestic abuse will in the long term be significantly reduced.

Cllr Jean Crossby, Sutton’s Anti-domestic abuse champion said, “This campaign is one that is very close to my heart. I know the suffering caused by domestic abuse and fully support any initiative that seeks to reduce this.”

 

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The Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme is a partnership involving Epsom and St Helier hospitals, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police Service, Primary and Secondary School Headteachers, Community Action Sutton (on behalf of the voluntary sector), Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group, Sutton Council and Sutton Housing Partnership, working together to reduce domestic abuse in the borough.

Campaign website: http://notaloneinsutton.org.uk/


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Revised Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance

 
The revised statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), is published today for information only and will come into effect for schools and colleges on 3 September 2018. Until that point schools and colleges should continue to have regard to KCSIE 2016 Guidance.

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Child mental health

Child mental health

The House of Commons Select Committees on Health and Education have findings from a joint inquiry into the government’s green paper, Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision. Key recommendations include: considering the role of health visitors and children’s centres in promoting emotional wellbeing in the early years; a full assessment of the current transition arrangements between child and adult mental health services, with a recommendation that this should be at 25 instead of 18-years-old; considering the social, emotional and mental health needs of young people excluded from school; and a distinct and separate set of proposals for children in care accessing mental health services.

Further information: The government’s green paper on mental health: failing a generation (PDF)

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper (PDF) 


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Positive Mental Health Awareness

Positive Mental Health Awareness

The London Borough of Sutton, supported by the LSCB, are running an awareness week to promote and support positive mental health for young people – which you may have noticed is our current staff email banner.

The week will focus on how young people can take care of their own mental health, by encouraging them to reflect on the factors which can impact on this.

There will also be a focus on providing young people with strategies they can use to maintain good mental health and to cope with stresses and difficulties in a positive way.

For more information please visit our website:
sites.google.com/sutton.gov.uk/positive-mental-health


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Adolescent neglect

Adolescent neglect

The Children’s Society has published a review of research on adolescent neglect. The report, commissioned by Luton Safeguarding Children Board, includes: a definition of adolescent neglect; the impacts of neglect, ways in which adolescent neglect can be identified, assessed and responded to in practice. A briefing for professionals has also been published. 

Further information: Thinking about adolescent neglect: a review of research on identification, assessment and intervention (PDF)

Adolescent neglect: briefing for professionals (PDF)


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LSCB Statement Ellie Butler

Statement from Christine Davies CBE

As the Independent Chair of the Sutton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), I welcome the Coroner’s verdict and the thoroughness of the Inquest, where the evidence of all interested parties was heard and read. This was an exceptionally unusual case and an overwhelming one for those involved. Despite various failings which have been highlighted in the Serious Case Review the Coroner is unable to conclude that any acts or omissions by the relevant agencies possibly or probably contributed to the death of Ellie. Over the past two years, the main agencies in Sutton responsible for children’s welfare have worked hard to learn the lessons from Ellie’s death and put in place measures to ensure, as far as possible, such a tragedy never occurs again.   

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Modern slavery and human trafficking

Modern slavery and human trafficking

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has published a summary of the number of potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2017. Figures show that in 2017 the NRM received 2118 referrals of potential victims who were under the age of 18, an increase of 66% on the previous year, due in part to an increase in county lines gang exploitation referrals included within labour exploitation and unaccompanied asylum seeking children figures.

Further information: Modern slavery and human trafficking: national referral mechanism statistics annual report 2017 (PDF)


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Resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour

Resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour in schools

The Contextual Safeguarding Network at the University of Bedfordshire has created a range of resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour. Resources include: a traffic-light tool for self- assessment; a series of five webinars that explain how to use the tool; and a spreadsheet to record the scores of self-assessment.

Source:  Contextual Safeguarding Network 


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Multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours

Multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours

There is a need for a multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) which has been developed by NSPCC in partnership with The Lucy Faithful Foundation, Action for Children and Barnardo’s, and other experts in HSB. The framework focuses on five key elements including: responses to children and young people who display HSB; prevention, identification and early assessment; effective assessment and referral pathways; interventions; and workforce development. 

Further information: NSPCC: Harmful sexual behaviour framework


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The new offence of Sexual Communication with a Child which came into force in April 2017

The NSPCC has revealed that more than 1,300 cases of sexual communication with a child have been recorded in the six months following the introduction of the new offence, Sexual Communication with a Child. Before the new law was introduced in April 2017, police couldn’t intervene until groomers met young people in person.

The NSPCC has found that girls aged 12–15 were the most likely to be targeted, but that some children were as young as seven. The charity has called for the government and social media companies to use existing technology to identify grooming behaviour and set up anti-grooming alerts for young people and moderators.

Further details, here