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Create, Connect and Share Respect - A better internet starts with you

Create, Connect and Share Respect - A better internet starts with you

Safer Internet Day 2018 is celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018. Join more than a thousand organisations across the UK to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. To find out more click here

 

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Keeping children safe in education: consultation on proposed changes

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on proposed changes to its statutory guidance on keeping children safe in education. These will reflect the changes being made to the Working together to safeguard children statutory guidance. The consultation also seeks views on a new non-statutory advice document on responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges. Deadline is 22 February 2018.

Source: Gov.uk     Date: 14 December 2017

Further information: Overview of the consultation 

Keeping children safe in education - consultation document (PDF)

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges (PDF)


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Child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has published findiChild sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economyngs 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)


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Elective home education

Elective home education

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has published findings from a survey of local authorities in England looking at the characteristics of children and young people who are known to be home schooled. Findings from 118 local authorities who responded to the survey show that 35,487 children and young people were known to be home schooled on school census day, 5 October 2017. The analysis covers: the most common reasons given for home schooling; ways of supporting home schooling children and their families; information about safeguarding issues; and comments on existing legislation and guidance.

Source: ADCS  Date: 17 November 2017

Further information: Summary analysis of the ADCS elective home education survey October 2017 (PDF)


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Review of children mental health services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a review looking at the quality and accessibility of mental health services for children and young people in England. Findings from the review, commissioned by the Prime Minister, include: the system is complex and fragmented - mental health care is funded, commissioned and provided by many different organisations that do not always work together in a joined-up way; children and young people expressed major concerns about how long they waited to access mental health support and that mental health care did not always feel person-centred and responsive to their needs; safety is seen as the greatest overall area of concern in specialist child and adolescent mental health services.

Source: CQC  Date: 26 October 2017

Further information: Review of children and young people’s mental health services: phase one report (PDF)


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Working Together to Safeguard Children Consultation

The revised Working Together was published for consultation on 25 October 2017 and will close on 31 December 2017. The documents for consultation are:

  • Changes to statutory guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children and new regulations;
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children;
  • Child death review statutory guidance;
  • Local safeguarding - transitional arrangements.

Further details can be found by following this link: https://consult.education.gov.uk/child-protection-safeguarding-and-family-law/working-together-to-safeguard-children-revisions-t/


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Children living with domestic abuse

Ofsted has published a report looking at the extent to which children’s social care, health professionals, the police and probation officers are effective in safeguarding children who live with domestic abuse. Findings from joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) carried out by inspectors from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, and HM Inspectorate of Probation in six local authorities in England include: professionals have made progress in dealing with the immediate challenges presented by the volume of cases of domestic abuse; too little work is being done to prevent domestic abuse and repair the damage that it does. The report calls for: a national public service initiative to raise awareness of domestic abuse and violence; and for a greater focus on perpetrators and better strategies for the prevention of domestic abuse.

 

Further information:  The multi -agency response to children to children living with domestic abuse (PDF)


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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. 

 

 

  

News and parliamentary business


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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