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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:

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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.



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.


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  

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