Posts tagged Safeguarding
NSPCC "How Safe Are Our Children" 2019 Report

The 2019 NSPCC annual report looking at levels of online activity and online child sex abuse recorded in the UK. Key findings include:

  • 44% of 5-15 year olds own a smartphone

  • 90% of 11-16 year olds said they had a social media account

  • Year on year increases were recorded in the numbers and rates of police-recorded online child sexual offences in England and Wales and Northern Ireland;

  • Increases in the number of URLs confirmed by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as containing child sexual abuse imagery since 2015

  • the majority of parents, carers and members of the public agree that social networks should have a legal responsibility to keep children safe on their platforms.

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Female Genital Mutilation: Guidance for Schools

New guidance from the National FGM Centre for primary and secondary schools which aims to equip professionals to feel confident in responding to safeguarding concerns relating to girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The guidance covers areas including:

  • FGM and the law

  • FGM risk factors

  • Requirements of the new statutory RSE guidance regarding FGM

  • How to explore concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

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"Left to Their Own Devices: Young People, Social Media and Mental Health" Barnardo's Report June 2019

Barnardo’s has released a research report into young people’s use of social media, with a specific focus on the effect of using social media platforms on mental health. The authors explored the views of children and young people, parents/guardians/carers and frontline Barnardo’s practitioners.

The report found that:

  • 78% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 had accessed unsuitable or harmful content through social media

  • 84% of practitioners working with children aged between 11 and 15 were able to use social media to access advice and help for mental wellbeing

  • Children and young people want guidance on social media to focus on the stories of children and young people who have first-hand experience of social media.

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Forced Marriage Awareness Free Course Virtual College

A free course from the Virtual College for frontline professionals to build their awareness of Forced Marriage and awareness of the actions they should take should they suspect someone is at risk of being forced into marriage. The course has been developed with input from the Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit and includes sections on recognising the warning signs of forced marriage and cooperating effectively with agencies.

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Sexting in Schools and Colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people

A guide from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety for education professionals in schools and colleges to help them respond effectively to incidents of sexting to ensure that the wellbeing of young people is safeguarded. The guide includes sections on disclosure and reporting incidents to the police, searching students’ devices and educating young people about sexting in PSHE and RSE lessons.

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"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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