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Three ways Child Sexual Exploitation can affect children

In a guide for Community Care Inform Children, Emilie Smeaton, research director of Paradigm Research, covers the different ways that experiencing sexual exploitation can affect children. This excerpt from Smeaton’s guide covers three impacts CSE can have.

 

Behaviour

Children who experience CSE often exhibit risky behaviours such as offending, running away, substance misuse and general anti-social behaviour. They may bully and exhibit controlling behaviour towards others and situations. Children may also exhibit violent behaviour towards others including adults who care for them. These behaviours may result from children and young people ‘acting out’ the abuse they experience but may also be encouraged or forced by perpetrators of CSE.

Children’s violent behaviour may also be as a result of fear from threats made by perpetrators of CSE.

Education

Truancy and exclusion from school are commonly experienced by children who experience CSE. Exclusion is often experienced as a consequence of adopted behaviours as a result of experiencing CSE. If still attending school, a child who is experiencing CSE may cease to engage with school and/or exhibit disruptive behaviour.

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News and parliamentary business update

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 makes a series of changes to local safeguarding arrangements and the social work profession and can be accessed here  

Bills currently going through the Parliament are listed below and can be accessed by clicking on the name of the Bill. 

 

 

  

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) identifying and responding in practice with families

Research in Practice has issued a frontline briefing for practitioners to raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Sutton LSCB members can access a copy for free by emailing suttonlscb@sutton.gov.uk  

There is an urgent need to recognise prenatal alcohol exposure at an early stage and to develop pathways for diagnosis, assessment and support. This briefing introduces practitioners working with children and families to key research and practice surrounding FASDs, including:

  • What constitutes a dangerous level of alcohol intake during pregnancy.
  • The impact on the fetus, child and family at different stages of development.
  • How to identify and respond to FASDs, including appropriate referral.
  • Guidance on prevention and management.

Aimed at: Early help, targeted support and statutory services with children and families.

Source: Research in practice 


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Implementing Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS)

Child protection information sharing: free webinars

NHS Digital is running a series of webinars in August and September to help healthcare organisations and local authorities learn more about Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS) and how to implement it. The CP-IS project is linking IT systems together and helping organisations to change business processes so that child protection information can be shared securely between local authorities and NHS unscheduled care settings. CP-IS aims to ensure that health and social care staff have a more complete picture of a child’s interactions with health and social care services.

Further information: Implementing Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS)
lCP-IS: what is it and how does it work? (YouTube video)

 


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Child sexual exploitation: messages from research

Child sexual exploitation: messages from research

The Centre for expertise on child sexual abuse has published a series of briefing papers bringing together messages from research on child sexual exploitation (CSE) with implications for practice and strategic commissioning. The briefing papers aim is to increase professionals’ confidence in taking appropriate action based on the best current research evidence and cover: professionals in school settings; multi-agency working; staff working in health settings; and commissioning health care services.

Further information: Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation: professionals in school settings

Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation: multi-agency working

Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation: staff working in health settings

Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation: commissioning health care service

Source: Centre for expertise on child sexual abuse Date: 29 June 2017


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Public Health - effective interventions to prevent child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation

Child sexual exploitation: literature search

Public Health England (PHE) has published a literature search to identify the latest international research about effective interventions to prevent child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation.

Date: 11 July 2017

Further information: Child sexual exploitation: how public health can support prevention and intervention – literature search (PDF)


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Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill - first reading

Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill

The first reading of the Home Education (Duty of Local Authorities) Bill in the House of Lords took place on 27 June 2017. The Bill makes provision for local authorities to monitor the educational, physical and emotional development of children receiving elective home education, and for connected purposes.

Source: UK Parliament  Date: 27 June 2017


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LSCB FGM Awareness event 10 July 2017 - book a place

The LSCB FGM  Awareness Event will be taking place on  Monday 10th July 2017, 14.45 - 17.00 at the Salvation Army in Sutton. Register on the training booking site and for further details contact: childrenstraining@sutton.gov.uk 

 


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Safeguarding in the voluntary and community sector new NSPCC publications

The NSPCC has published updated editions of two safeguarding publications: Standards and guidance for the voluntary and community sector in England is designed to help non-statutory organisations put in place clear safeguarding arrangements for children, young people and young adults up to the age of 25; and Are they safe?: a safeguarding guide for group leaders in the voluntary and community sector, which provides a range of activities, support or services, from arts activities and hobbies to faith-based education or community work.

Further information: Safeguarding standards and guidance for the voluntary and community sector: working with children, young people and young adults aged 0-25 

Are they safe? A safeguarding guide for group leaders in the voluntary and community sector: working with children and young people aged 0-18 


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Duty of Care in Sport report with recommendations on safeguarding

An Independent Report to Government has been produced by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, with recommendations of interest to LSCBs on safeguarding.