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The Department for Education is consulting on measures to keep children safe at home and online. They include: appropriate filters and monitoring so that children cannot access harmful content via the school's IT systems and concerns are spotted quickly. Consultation closes on 16 February 2016. Read more about the proposed changes here

Source: Department for Education

 

There are now a range of resources available that you can access to help parents, carers and professionals who work with children to keep them safe online;

1. Read this practical guide by UKCCiS for parents and carers whose children use social media

2. Are you a Social Media and Interactive Services provider? Read this UKCCiS guide on how you can make your services safer for young people

3. Use Thinkuknow to find age sensitive information about being safe online as well as information for parents and carers too

4. Take the Google Internet Legends Tour for primary school children and families

5. Do you work with children? Take an online introductory course in safeguarding children online commissioned by the NSPCC

Child neglect is still the most common form of abuse, and the NSPCC Spotlight on Neglect report contains research on child neglect, evaluations of assessment tools and services and new evidence of what works to prevent child neglect. 

On 1 November, a provision in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 requiring public authorities to notify the Home Office when they encounter a potential victim of modern slavery came into force.  Professionals  are encouraged to make a voluntary notification despite not being bound by the duty, in order to help build the picture of modern slavery in the UK. You can find the guidance here and more details on Modern Slavery on the website:

https://modernslavery.co.uk/ 

Ofsted highlights views of children in care

Category: General

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Ofsted has captured the views of 3000 children in care homes and foster care to give their thoughts on what is good about their care homes and foster carers and what could be improved. 

You can read about the story here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-highlights-views-of-children-in-care

Analysis of the questions for both foster carers and children can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-care-questionnaires-2015-what-children-young-people-and-adults-told-ofsted 

In February 2015 Kate Lampard and Ed Marsden published their report into the themes and lessons learnt from the NHS investigations into matters relating to Jimmy Savile. This built on the findings from 44 NHS investigations into allegations of abuse by Savile on NHS premises. The report included 14 recommendations for the NHS, the Department of Health (DH) and wider government.

This report provides an update on progress in response to those recommendations:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/480059/lessons-response.pdf

This report outlines the findings of the first phase of the Children’s Commissioner for England’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment:

http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/Protecting%20children%20from%20harm%20-%20full%20report.pdf

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