Posts tagged Safeguarding
"Numbing the Pain: Survivors' voices of childhood sexual abuse and addiction" One in Four Report

One in Four, a charity for survivors of sexual violence and abuse, has released a report about childhood sexual abuse and addiction. Findings from the report, based on personal accounts by survivors, include:

  • drugs and alcohol were used by some survivors as a means of regulating their emotions

  • addiction services rarely made the link between substance use and the trauma caused by childhood sexual abuse.

Recommendations include: train staff in addiction services to respond to disclosure; establish a process for supporting survivors and create links between local addiction services and survivor support agencies.

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Vulnerable Adolescents Thematic Review - Croydon Local Safeguarding Children Board March 2019

Croydon Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has published a thematic review based on the experiences of 60 vulnerable young people identified by local agencies.

Findings include:

  • early help and prevention is critical

  • greater recognition and response to children’s emotional health and wellbeing is needed

  • an integrated, whole system approach is needed across agencies, communities and families; schools need to be equipped to respond to the challenges presented by children with high risk behaviour and central to multi-agency service provision.

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State of Children's Rights 2018 The Children's Rights Alliance for England Report

The Children’s Rights Alliance for England have published their latest report looking at how the government has helped to protect or hinder children’s rights in 2018. It covers areas including Poverty and Homelessness, Safeguarding, Education and Health.

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Jessie & Friends: Online safety education for 4-7s National Crime Agency Resource

The National Crime Agency has created a new resource for use with 4-7 year olds to help them explore the topic of online safety. Jessie & Friends is a three-episode animated series which aims to equip 4-7 year olds with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to help them stay safe from sexual abuse and other risks they may encounter online.

The films are accompanied by a comprehensive resource pack for professionals, with session plans for each episode and guidance on safe and effective delivery. Also available are subtitled versions of the animations, storybooks, and posters for parents/carers and children.

The key message for children throughout Jessie and Friends is that if a child ever feels worried about anything that happens online, they should seek help from an adult they trust.

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Step Up, Speak Up! Childnet International Resources

Childnet International has produced a set of resources to help Key Stage 3 and 4 students to explore the topic of sexual harassment online. The resource includes 4 lesson plans which cover ground rules, understanding, responding and reporting peer-based online sexual harassment as well as a teacher toolkit, an assembly presentation and a peer-led workshop plan.

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NSPCC Learning Blog: Helping school governors keep children safe

A new blog post from NSPCC Learning providing an overview of the role that school governors play in safeguarding students. It provides suggestions as to how school governors can improve their confidence in fulfilling their role, including ensuring that they access up-to-date, evidence-based training on school safeguarding policies and procedures.

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National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day Resource Pack - Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board

The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has designed a resource pack for National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, which takes place on the 18th March. The resources include information on online safety, as the LSCB and Lincolnshire Police figures have shown that 60% of CSE cases involve online grooming at the start. The Resource Pack includes suggested tweets, a Safeguarding Briefing and infographics.

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"On the sidelines: The economic and personal cost of childhood exposure to Domestic Violence" Hestia Report

A report from the charity Hestia which explores findings from analysis carried out by the charity Pro Bono Economics into the cost of failing to provide support to children exposed to domestic violence. The report, which focuses on the long term costs incurred by the state in supporting children who develop conduct and attention disorders as a result of exposure to severe domestic violence, estimates a potential total cost of between £480 million and £1.4 billion.

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National FGM Centre Resource: Exploring Concerns around Child Abuse linked to Faith or Belief

A new resource designed by the National FGM Centre to help schools and youth organisations to raise and discuss concerns they have about Child Abuse which is linked to a faith or belief, such as FGM.

The resource consists of 4 documents which are designed to support frontline professionals in introducing conversations around faith or belief in relation to concerns around Child Abuse, including a Language and Terminology guide and an Infographic to display in staff rooms and offices.

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Brook Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool for Safeguarding Training

A great resource for Designated Safeguarding Leads to use with the SLT and with teachers in safeguarding training sessions to help instigate important discussions around spotting the signs of harmful sexual behaviours amongst children and young people. The resource includes a number of scenarios and guidance on how to assess the behaviour.

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Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk Report: Breaking Down The Barriers: Findings of the National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and Multiple Disadvantage

The Alliance for Women and Girls at Risk (Agenda) has released a report looking at the experiences of women, children and young people who have survived domestic abuse and/or sexual violence and how this links to being disadvantaged.

The report includes a section on children and finds that: women facing multiple disadvantage are reluctant to seek help for fear of losing their children; and not enough is being done to support children or consider their needs when they are removed into care. 

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Let children know you're listening: The importance of an adult's interpersonal skills in helping to improve a child's experience of disclosure Report

Practical resources published by NSPCC Learning designed to help adults who work with children better respond to disclosures of abuse.

The evidence-informed resources include a poster to help professionals remember the key interpersonal skills they should be using when responding to disclosures, and a briefing paper sharing the learning from research with adults and children.

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"Skipping School- Invisible Children: How children disappear from England's Schools" Children's Commissioner Report February 2019

A new report from the Children’s Commissioner for England exploring the growing trend of children being home educated. The report concludes that, while many parents who make a decision to home educate their children provide them with a high quality, well-rounded academic education, many other families are home educating for other reasons and are struggling to cope, particularly parents of children with SEND.

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Research in Practice Briefing: Safeguarding during adolescence– the relationship between Contextual Safeguarding, Complex Safeguarding and Transitional Safeguarding

A Research in Practice briefing for safeguarding professionals working with young people, including school Designated Safeguarding Leads exploring the relationship between contextual, complex and transitional safeguarding during adolescence. The briefing outlines what is meant by the terms ‘complex safeguarding’, ‘contextual safeguarding’ and ‘transitional safeguarding’ and how these approaches overlap and complement each other.

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Report: Childhood maltreatment and adult suicidality: a comprehensive systematic review with meta-analysis

A research report from researchers based at the University of South Wales and University of Manchester detailing a systematic review of 68 studies examining the relationship between different types of child abuse and rates of suicide amongst adults. They have found an increased risk for suicide attempts and suicidal ideation was identified in adults who experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse as children compared with adults who have not experienced maltreatment during childhood.

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