On measuring the number of vulnerable children in England

Children’s Commissioner, July 2017

This analysis from the Children’s Commissioner for England aims to report on the scale of vulnerability among children in England.  The initial analysis has found that over half a million children so vulnerable that the state has to step in, 670,000 children in England are growing up in ‘high risk’ family situations and 800,000 children are suffering from mental health difficulties.

Click here to view the full report.

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Protection of Nurses Working with Children and Young People

Royal College of Nursing, May 2017

This guidance aims to raise awareness among nurses and their managers of the complex issues surrounding safeguarding in the context of relationships between nurses and children and young people. We include the age range of 0-18 (up to 25 years in line SEND reforms) in this definition and also advocate the need for special consideration in view of children and young people who may have a disability, or other need that affects their mental capacity to make decisions. This guidance concentrates on allegations of abuse made against staff eg, smacking a child, inappropriate physical contact.

Click here to view this guidance.

Serious Case Reviews: Learning into Practice Project (LiPP)

Social Care Institute for Excellence, April 2016

The Learning into Practice Project was undertaken between March 2015 and March 2016 by the NSPCC and the Social Care Institute for Excellence, funded by the Department for Education Innovation Programme.

The project developed and tested a number of ways to improve the quality of Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and their impact on local and national child protection practice.

The goal was to help local safeguarding children boards and SCR reviewers to improve the quality and use of Serious Case Reviews. To that end, we developed and tested four mechanisms: two for improving the quality of SCRs, and two for improving their use.

Click here to download the report and resources relating to the project.

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Home Office, April 2016

This multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) should be read and followed by all persons and bodies in England and Wales who are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It replaces female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect children and women (2014).

It is not intended to replace wider safeguarding guidance, but to provide additional advice on FGM.

Click here for further information and to download the guidance.

Unprotected, Overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of sexual exploitation

BILD, September 2015

Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) than other children, facing additional barriers to their protection and to receiving support, new research has revealed.

Click here to download the report.

Female genital mutilation risk and safeguarding: Guidance for professionals

Department of Health, March 2015

This guidance provides practical help to support NHS organisations developing new safeguarding policies and procedures for female genital mutilation (FGM).

It can be used by health professionals from all sectors, particularly designated and named safeguarding leads, and local safeguarding children board members. It is based on existing best practice within the NHS.

Click here to download the guidance.