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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

Free online e-learning training

Category: Safeguarding

Friday 27th November 2015

The Home Office is offering a number of free e-learning training courses. Follow the links below to access the training on:

FGM

http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/resources/female-genital-mutilation-recognising-preventing-fgm-free-online-training/ 

Forced Marriage
 
 
Radicalisation and Prevent training Duty 
 

 

Missing People launches new Runaway Helpline

Category: General

Friday 13th November 2015

Missing People has launched a new website as part of its Runaway Helpline Service, which has supported children and young people thinking about running away or already away from home since 2003. Here's a link to the new website: http://www.runawayhelpline.org.uk/ 

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