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Children and Young People Now reports that figures revealed in Parliament show that were 197,700 child protection assessments where domestic violence was identified as a 'relevant factor'. The government is due to publish a refreshed cross-government Violence Against Women and Girls strategy 'shortly'.
Source: Children & Young People Now http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1156099/government-details-full-scale-of-domestic-violence-impact-on-children?utm_content=&utm_campaign=230216%20Daily%20CH&utm_source=Children%20%26%20Young%20People%20Now&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=http%3A%2F 23 February 2016

In November 2015, the Railway Children, a charity that helps young people who go missing, launched a report on the social value of Return Home Interviews and follow-up support for young people who have been missing from home or care. A one page summary and the full report can be viewed at: www.railwaychildren.org.uk/research

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces package of measures to protect children from extremism. You can read the rest of the press release here and you can access the new government website 'educate against the hate' to find more information about how parents, teachers and school leaders can protect children from radical views

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. 

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

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/ 

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