Child Sexual Exploitation: Improving Recognition and Response in Health Settings

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, 20 November 2014

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is publishing new guidance to doctors and other health professionals designed to help them spot the possible warning signs of child sexual exploitation and refer those concerns to helping services quickly and effectively.

The new report, which has been drafted by a range of medical, health, academic and third sector groups, sets out a series of recommendations aimed at improving clinicians’ awareness of the issue and calls for medical Royal Colleges and Faculties to ensure that doctors receive training in this area. The report, which was commissioned in 2013 following discussions with the Department of Health, is released at a time of mounting concern about the scale and the extent of the problem following a series of shocking revelations emerging from Rotherham and elsewhere.

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We have the right to be safe: Protecting disabled children from abuse

NSPCC, November 2014

This report identifies key issues about safeguarding and disabled children. It outlines the rationale for the NSPCC’s work with disabled children, identifies influencing factors on risk and safeguarding, considers what we know from research and reviews of service delivery before moving on to the policy context and current state of safeguarding services in the UK. Finally, the report sets out what is needed to improve the protection of disabled children.

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“I think you need to show someone what help there is: Understanding parental alcohol misuse at a local level

Children’s Commissioner, October 2014

This study was commissioned to investigate gaps in knowledge highlighted through Silent Voices (Adamson and Templeton, 2012), a review into supporting children and young people affected by parental alcohol misuse. The present study engaged with three local areas in order to learn about the challenges and the ways forward for improvements in meeting the needs of children and young people.  The project aims to identify and promote good practice in response to the needs of affected children and their families, with key questions as to how local areas can discover the extent and need among children and young people and how services, including universal provision, can best respond.

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NSPCC Family SMILES: interim evaluation report

NSPCC, August 2014

The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series presents findings from their research into what works in preventing cruelty to children.  Parental mental health problems are a common feature in child protection investigations. Family SMILES (Simplifying Mental Illness plus Life Enhancement Skills) is an NSPCC service, which works with parents and children to reduce the risk of harm.

Family SMILES is a group work intervention programme for children aged 8 to 13 years who have a parent with a mental health problem. The programme also includes individual sessions for the parent with the mental health problem and joint work with the parent and child. It aims to improve children’s self-esteem, resilience and life skills; to help parents understand the impact of their mental health problem on their child; and to improve protective parenting skills.

The interim evaluation report gives findings from questionnaires completed before and after the programme. It also includes interviews with some of the children and parents who took part.

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Keeping Myself Safe: Practitioner’s toolkit for developing effective relationships with vulnerable young people

Action for Children, August 2014

Action for Children have developed a new practitioner’s toolkit which gives young people in our residential services a voice and offers guidance to the practitioners who support them.

Focusing on safeguarding issues such as risk taking behaviour and self harm, the toolkit explores the skills and qualities which practitioners should have if they are to build effective professional relationships which can enable young people to build their resilience, develop confidence and manage risk in their lives.

Please click here for further information and to download the toolkit.