Wood review of local safeguarding children boards

Department of Education, May 2016

Alan Wood’s review into the role that local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) play in protecting and safeguarding children.

Click here to view the full report.


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.

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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.

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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.

Click here to download the full report.