The Department of Education has published the latest statistics on children in need, in England, for the year 2015 -2016. This data gives an insight into the children, who are referred to and assessed by children’s social services, and the issues they face. Gender The gender remained similar to previous years with 52.7% of those…

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Do you sometimes feel unsure about dealing with child protection issues when working with children and parents of different faiths?  Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect regardless of faith and culture. However, having a greater understanding of different faiths and cultures can…

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Home Affairs Committee report into FGM – Female GM: abuse unchecked – has said it is “beyond belief” that there has not been one successful prosecution since FGM was made illegal in the UK 30 years ago.  The Committee makes key recommendations around central data recording saying that current data is ineffective in measuring the extent…

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NICE Guidance – Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people published in Sept 2016 provides guidelines covering children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour. The guidance has been developed because research indicates that many children and young people charged with criminal offences relating to harmful sexual behaviour had previously been referred to children’s services. But…

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A new non-statutory guidance document on how schools and colleges should respond to incidents of sexting, as part of their safeguarding responsibilities, has been published by UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). The guidance looks at the extent of the issue, the law and the role of the police as well as detailed advice on how schools should…

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‘Alright Charlie’ is a school safeguarding resource which aims to highlight the warning signs of grooming in an age appropriate way.  It includes teachers’ guidance, a children’s workbook and a video seen through the eyes of Charlie who is being groomed by Danny. The resource was designed in consultation with CSE professionals, primary schools teachers and children in years…

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The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have produced a guide to support primary and secondary schools in adapting their existing arrangements for preventing bullying and handling bullying incidents in order to meet the needs of deaf pupils. The free guide Bulling and deaf children: A guide for primary and secondary schools (2014) is available here and includes sections…

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Children will be better protected under new plans to update the child cruelty law.  The change will make it clear that it is a crime to inflict cruelty which is likely to cause psychological suffering or injury to a child. Offenders will face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison whether the harm is physical…

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The government have recently launched an awareness and prevention campaign about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Indicators which might suggest a girl or woman is at risk include: She has a parent from a practising community She and her family have a low level of integration into a community The mother or any sisters have experienced…

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has launched a new anti-hate crime education campaign for schools to help young people tackle homophobic and transphobic abuse. The campaign provides an educational resource pack which will teach students about the impact of homophobic and transphobic bullying on victims and the potential consequences of this behaviour. The pack includes a…

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