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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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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: 


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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.


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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.