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Serious case reviews: guidance for judges

Children & Young People Now reports that Sir James Munby, president of the high court’s family division, has written guidance setting out the extent to which judges and magistrates can participate in serious case reviews in England.

Source:  Children & Young People Now  Date: 04 May 2017

Further information: President’s guidance: judicial cooperation with serious case reviews (PDF)


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Child sexual abuse in the family


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)

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Joint targeted area inspections to focus on children living with neglect


Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and HM Inspectorate of Probation have announced a series  of six joint targeted area inspections (JTAI) to examine how local partner agencies, including local authorities, health and probation services and the police, are working together to protect children living with, or at risk of, neglect in England. The inspections, starting in May 2017, will focus on the experiences of children aged between 7 and 15 years old, who may be at higher risk of going missing or being exploited, or who exhibit challenging behaviours in adolescence. Guidance for inspectors has been published.

Source: Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and HM Inspectorate of Probation  Date: 18 April 2017

Further information: Guidance joint inspections of the response to children experiencing neglect: May to December 2017 (PDF)

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Free child protection e-learning for voluntary and community groups

The LSCB now offer all voluntary and community groups in Sutton the opportunity to complete FREE accredited child protection e-learning. For more details about how to register and complete the training, follow this link


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Sutton LSCB FGM referral and assessment guidance issued

Sutton LSCB has published FGM referral and assessment guidance which can be downloaded here

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Children Society Report on Troubled Teens

Children Society launches Report on Troubled Teens

The Children’s Society recently launched a new report, ‘Troubled Teens: A study of the links between parenting and adolescent neglect’. Please click here to read the full report and a summary or the policy and practice briefing which accompanies the report.

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The presentation from the Early Help Conference 17 Nov is now available.

Early Help Conference Presentation 17 Nov 2016.

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Sutton Early Help Assessments are changing in Sutton

Early Help Assessments are changing in Sutton

Following the implementation of the Early Help Strategy and Action Plan, there has been a review of the current Common Assessment Framework (CAF) used in Sutton. A new Multi-Agency Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT) and accompanying EHAT Guidance Document has been created and is live on the LSCB website for you to use from 9th September 2016. It can be accessed on this link   EHAT guidance and tool

The new EHAT document will replace the CAF and all associated CAF documentation. The new documents will be available on the internet and LSCB web pages, and are attached for your reference. 

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Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect - consultation

Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect – consultation

The government is consulting on the views of mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect by professionals until 13 October 2016. The two main questions under consideration are: whether there should be mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect or, alternatively, a duty to act where a case of abuse and neglect is suspected. The consultation also considers whether this should be extended to vulnerable adults. The consultation can be viewed here  

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The Government announces changes in regulations to safeguard children who are missing from education

The Government announces changes to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 to improve communication and co-ordination between schools and LAs about children missing education. This will improve LAs’ ability to ensure children are safe and receiving suitable education.

The amended Regulations will come into force on 1 September 2016 and the duties will apply to all schools and LAs in England. The implementation of the amendments will be supported by strengthening the ‘Children Missing Education’ statutory guidance and and  ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance. The revised guidance will be published this summer.