Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care and Home Office, October 2018

This amended guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) is for all persons and bodies in England and Wales.  This guidance is a must read if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

Click here to view the guidance.

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Healthy Child Programme: rapid review on safeguarding

Public Health England, February 2018

The purpose of this rapid review is to update the evidence regarding safeguarding guidance, focusing on prevention and early intervention.

The review looks at relevant systematic review level evidence, supplemented with some primary impact evaluations in the areas of preventing or intervening early with:

  • child abuse and neglect
  • child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • intimate partner violence
  • female genital mutilation
  • gang violence

Click here to access the documents.

Rapid review on safeguarding to inform the Healthy Child Programme 5 to 19

Public Health England, February 2018

The purpose of this rapid review is to update the evidence regarding safeguarding guidance, focusing on prevention and early intervention.  The review looks at relevant systematic review level evidence, supplemented with some primary impact evaluations in the areas of preventing or intervening early with:

  • child abuse and neglect
  • child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • intimate partner violence
  • female genital mutilation
  • gang violence

Click here to view the review.

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.

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.

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.