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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