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Happy New Year to you all. Welcome to the first edition in 2017 of the Aidhour newsletter. This edition includes information about the Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, the Truth Project and the Youth Justice Review. We hope there might be something for everybody. Make sure you check out the training/CPD opportunities at the bottom of the email.  Please don’t forget to email me with your headshot photo (jpeg or PNG) for your new ID card so we can get this sent out. 

YOUTH JUSTICE
Justice Secretary responds to review led by Charlie Taylor
(11/12/16)
Education and training will be put at the heart of youth justice, the Justice Secretary will announce in response to a ground-breaking review led by child behavioural expert Charlie Taylor.
 
Tackling security and safety issues head on, she will announce plans to invest an additional £15m a year in youth custody - boosting front-line staff, reducing violence, and ensuring young offenders get the opportunities needed for a fresh start in life.
 
While the number of children in custody has fallen significantly, those who remain in the system have serious and complex needs. Tackling the factors that contribute to criminality and intervening at a young age is key to breaking the cycle of reoffending – making our streets safer and improving young people’s life chances.
 
Taking forward Charlie Taylor’s proposals to deliver an effective, education-led approach to custody, 2 secure schools will be launched; delivering core subjects such as English and Maths, as well as a range of work training and apprenticeship schemes to help offenders find work on release. The majority of his recommendations are being taken forward, with immediate investment and resourcing aimed at improving safety.
The overhaul of the system will also focus on life beyond bars with a youth custody apprenticeship scheme being developed to build strong relationships with employers, ensuring that all young people are earning or learning on release.
Review of the youth justice system
(12/12/16)
An interim and final report from the review of the youth justice system and the government's response.
Read more..
SI 2016/1201 - The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (Commencement No. 15) Order 2016
(13/12/16)
Section 28 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (c. 23) provides that where a witness’s video recorded evidence in chief has been admitted under section 27 of the Act the court may direct that the video recorded cross-examination and re-examination of that witness may also be admitted as evidence.
 
Article 2 makes provision for the coming into force of section 28 of the Act on 2nd January 2017, but only for the purposes of proceedings before the Crown Court sitting at Kingston-upon-Thames, Leeds or Liverpool, where the witness is aged 16 or 17 at the time of the hearing.
 
Section 28 was previously brought into force by SI 2013/3236 in relation to these courts, where the witness was eligible by virtue of section 16(1)(a) and was under the age of 16 at the time of the hearing, or by virtue of section 16(1)(b) of the Act, owing to an incapacity.
 
The effect of this Order is therefore to expand the availability of section 28 directions in these courts, so that they may also be made in relation to witnesses who are aged 16 or 17 at the time of the hearing
Read more..
Understanding the educational background of young offenders
(12/12/16)
This report sets out the key findings from an analysis of young offenders in the youth justice system.
Read more..
Youth custody data
(09/12/16)
Monthly statistics on the population in custody of children and young people within the secure estate.
Read more..
WORKING WITH CHILDREN & FAMILIES
"Understanding the unique needs of each child"
(29/11/16)
Cafcass has adapted and introduced new tools to support our direct work with children with disabilities or other additional needs, under a recent assessment tools review.
 
Incorporating visual prompts, the tools support children with additional needs, such as audio impairment or limited verbal language skills, to communicate their wishes and feelings. Our practitioners use the tools to explore the child’s situation and gain a better understanding of their experience of the adults and world around them. Paired with social work skills, the tools help us identify and assess the important issues for the children we work. 
Read more..
Government 'over-claimed' on performance of families programme
(20/12/16)
The Public Accounts Committee report says that Government has not proved the effectiveness of a programme to support troubled families. The Committee also concludes the Government overstated the programme's success through its use of terminology and the method used to estimate financial savings to the taxpayer.
 
Families were considered 'turned around' on the basis of short-term outcomes rather than "long-term, sustainable change in families' lives", says the Committee, while £1.2b of claimed savings was an overstatement.
 
An official evaluation of the programme was "unable to find consistent evidence" the Troubled Families programme had any significant impact.
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Government must end complacency over children at risk of harm
(16/12/16)The Public Accounts Committee has published a report which concludes progress to improve child protection services since the Munro report was published in 2011 has been too slow, with less than a quarter of services judged by Ofsted as Good—"by no standards" an improvement.
 
The Committee warns variations in the quality and consistency of help and protection services is leaving children at risk of harm and stresses the need for urgent action to address this. The Government should explain how it will ensure minimum standards so that all children have equal access to high-quality services.
New approach to vulnerability for policing
(30/11/16)
Almost £2m has been awarded to the College of Policing to transform the service’s approach to vulnerability, it was said today. he announcement includes funding to pilot a licence to practise approach for CSA investigators with specific roles, to improve the status of officers carrying out these challenging roles and demonstrate the police services' commitment to tackling CSA.
A common sense police approach to investigating sexting among under-18s
(24/11/16)
The College of Policing has published a briefing note which aims to help officers to respond in a proportionate way to reports of under 18-year-olds possessing, sharing or generating indecent imagery of themselves or other children – often referred to as sexting. 
Troubled Teens
(29/11/16)
Tens of thousands of teenagers across England are suffering neglect at home, according to a report by The Children’s Society.
 
The report lifts the lid on the scale of teenage neglect as reported by young people themselves. The findings show that, on average, the equivalent of three Year 10 pupils in every classroom report some form of parental neglect.
Read more..
An Exploration of Knowledge about Child Abuse linked to Faith and Belief
(30/11/16)This research investigates current knowledge and raises awareness of child abuse linked to faith or belief. It provides  a foundation on which to build more effective identification of cases, policy and intervention.
New research highlights children and young people’s needs
(05/12/16)
The ADCS has published the latest version of its Safeguarding Pressures research.
 
Since 2010 ADCS has collected and compared both qualitative and quantitative data from LAs in 5 phases spanning 2007/8 to 2015/16 in order to evidence and better understand changes in demand for, and provision of, children’s social care.
 
For the year ending 31st March 2016:
  • It is estimated that 2.19m initial contacts were made to children’s social care, up 53% since 2007/8
  • Referrals to children’s social care were up 12% since 2007/8
  • The number of children becoming subjects of an initial child protection plan has increased by 78% since 2007/8
  • Neglect continues to be the most prevalent category of abuse in child protection plans and emotional abuse, including domestic abuse, continues to increase
  • Over half a million Child in Need assessments were completed in 2015/16; the most prevalent factor in assessments remains domestic abuse, affecting nearly half of all cases coming to the attention of children’s social care
  • It is estimated that 32,964 children started to be looked after in 2015/16 - an increase of 37% since 2007/8
  • 41% of LAs reported continued and increasing difficulties recruiting experienced frontline staff.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
Violence against women and girls services: local commissioning
(07/12/16)
Guidance for commissioners and services in England on how to address and prevent the effects of violence against women and girls. 
Guidance: Violence against women and girls: national statement of expectations
(07/12/16)
The actions local areas should take to ensure victims of violence against women and girls get the support they need.
Violence against women and girls: service transformation fund
(07/12/16)
Guidance on the application process for the service transformation fund, which offers £15m for local services that address violence against women and girls.
Violence against women and girls: communications insight pack
(25/11/16)
This pack has been developed to provide partners with information about issues related to violence against women and girls.
TRAFFICKING
New UK action against modern slavery protects women at risk from trafficking in Med
(02/12/16)
HO Minister Priti Patel has set out how the Department for International Development is to boost its support to tackle modern slavery. Ms Patel also announced a new approach to increase and expand DFID’s work on ending modern slavery and child labour, which will complement the international work of other parts of government.
 
The new support will double the UK’s investment to £8m in a special protection fund set up to keep women and girl refugees in the Mediterranean region safe from trafficking and exploitation. The fund will be used to better identify, protect and refer vulnerable female migrants and refugees, by providing shelters as a safe alternative to dangerous camp environments and strengthening national counter-trafficking mechanisms in Greece and the Balkans.
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
The Independent Inquiry into CSA
 
Independent Inquiry publishes Internal Review into its work

(16/12/16)
The IICSA has published its Internal Review commissioned by Chair Professor Alexis Jay when she took office in August.
Read more..
Request for Literature: Behaviour and Characteristics of Perpetrators of Online-facilitated CSA and Exploitation
(06/12/16)
The IICS has commissioned NatCen Social Research to provide us with a review of the most up to date research on the characteristics and behaviours of perpetrators of online-facilitated CSA. The findings will help pinpoint areas where further research is needed and help inform IICSA's investigations. They may also inform recommendations for policy and practice. IICSA and NatCen are asking organisations to let us know about any unpublished literature or ongoing research in this area. 
Read more..
MAPPA
(07/12/16)
Multi-agency public protection arrangements are in place to ensure the successful management of violent and sexual offenders. This guidance sets out the responsibilities of the police, probation trusts and prison service. It also touches on how other agencies may become involved, for example the YJB will be responsible for the care of young offenders.
Children and the internet inquiry 
(25/11/16)
The Communications Committee is conducting an inquiry into children's access to, and use of, the internet. It aims to investigate the risks and as well as the benefits. The Committee will also investigate how children's use of the internet is governed and regulated, examining the roles that parents, schools, media companies and regulators should all play.
 
Ministers will be asked the extent to which initiatives already in place to prevent online risks for children have worked so far, and how the internet might be made a better and safer place for children in the future.
Read more..
CPS and NPCC launch new Honour-Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Protocol 
(14/12/16)
The CPS and police have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol, outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.
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Gulf States agree action to tackle online child exploitation and modern slavery
(07/12/16)
Gulf countries have agreed to do more to tackle online child exploitation and to stamp out the international scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking at a meeting of the UK and the Gulf Co-operation Council.
 
All 6 countries have now committed to sign up to the WePROTECT Global Alliance, a coalition of countries and organisations dedicated to taking action to end online CSE.
 
They have also agreed to enter into discussions on compliance with international conventions on forced labour as part of global efforts to tackle modern slavery.
 
British experts at the UK Border Force will now work with Gulf-based airlines to raise awareness of modern slavery among their staff and crew, and advise them how to share any concerns they might have with border officials or the police.
 
The PM led the way in securing agreement at the GCC meeting in Bahrain today.
First anonymised summaries from the Truth Project
(01/12/16)
The IICSA has published the first personal accounts from victims and survivors who have taken part in our Truth Project
Child abuse inquiry vital but must act to restore confidence
(24/11/16)
The Home Affairs Committee publishes a short report on the Independent Inquiry into CSA alongside evidence from former counsel.
 
The Committee states that the work of the Inquiry is vital but that confidence in the Inquiry's ability to deliver its objectives has been seriously diminished by problems it has encountered.
 
The report suggests swift and transparent action be taken to rebuild confidence in IICSA and its work among survivors, the public, and Inquiry workers.
DOMESTIC ABUSE
Guidance: Domestic homicide reviews: key findings from research
(07/12/16)
Information about risk assessments, information sharing and multi-agency
working and suggestions for what can be done locally. 
Domestic violence disclosure scheme 
(07/12/16)
Guidance which has been developed to support the implementation of the domestic violence disclosure scheme.
New protection for victims of 'stranger stalking'
(07/12/16)
The Home Secretary has announced her intention to introduce new stalking protection orders which will help protect victims at the earliest possible stage.
 
Amber Rudd made the announcement as part of a package of government measures to prevent violence against women and girls.
 
She announced plans for the new orders, designed to intervene early to keep victims safe and stop ‘stranger stalking’ before it escalates, after visiting the National Stalking Helpline.
FGM
Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM
(08/12/16)
These documents provide guidance to support an NHS organisation when they are developing or reviewing safeguarding policies and procedures around female genital mutilation (FGM).
 
They can be used by health professionals from all sectors, particularly designated and named safeguarding leads, and LSCB members. It is based on existing best practice within the NHS.
They have been developed in partnership with health and social care professionals, and professional bodies.
 
All organisations must ensure that their approach to safeguarding against FGM is multi-agency and multi-disciplinary. They should work with partners in social services and the police.
Statement opposing FGM
(01/12/16)
This statement opposing FGM can be taken abroad to explain the criminal status of FGM in the UK. It outlines what FGM is, the legislation and penalties involved and the help and support available.
Mandatory reporting of FGM: procedural information
(01/12/16)
A mandatory reporting duty for FGM requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police. The FGM duty came into force on 31 October 2015.
This document gives relevant professionals and the police information on the mandatory reporting duty.
Home Secretary hosts forum to end FGM
(01/12/16)
Home Secretary Amber Rudd has brought together government ministers, frontline professionals, charities, campaigners and survivors to co-ordinate efforts to end FGM at home and abroad.
 
‘Ending FGM: a forum to make a difference’ saw discussions on how the government and other agencies can better engage with communities to encourage them to turn their back on this violent, abusive practice.
 
The Home Secretary and other attendees heard survivors share their personal experiences of FGM, the impact it has had on their lives and how they have attempted to move on and campaign against the practice.
Response to the Home Affairs Select Committee's report on FGM
(01/12/16)
The government's response to the Home Affairs Select Committee's 2016 follow-up report on FGM.
NEW LEGISLATION
SI 2016/1213 - The Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2016
(16/12/16)This Order brings into force on 1st January 2017 all the provisions of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 which are not already in force.
New law needed to protect children
(29/11/16)The Women and Equalities Committee says the Government's response to its report on sexual harassment and sexual violence does not do enough to ensure schools tackle this serious problem.
 
The report exposed the widespread nature of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. It found inconsistency in how schools deal with the problem, a disregard for existing national and international equality law and obligations, and a lack of guidance and support for teachers to deal with these issues effectively.
DATA
Children looked after in England including adoption
(08/12/16)
Information on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2015 to 2016.
NEET statistics quarterly brief: July to September 2016
(24/11/16)
Statistics about 16-18 year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.
Children's social care data in England 2016
(02/12/16)
Children’s social care inspection data covering the period 2015 to 2016.
CARE LEAVERS
Supporting care leavers to thrive: everyone’s business
(28/10/16)
Edward Timpson's keynote speech at The Prince’s Trust National Care Leavers’ Week Conference 2016.
New Belongings programme
(25/10/16)
Independent evaluation of a programme looking to improve services for young people leaving care.
DBS
DBS workforce guides
(05/12/16)
Identify the type of workforce that a Disclosure and Barring Service applicant will be working in.
 
Registered bodies or employers need to add the workforce in section x line 61 of the DBS application form. DBS application forms that don’t have the workforce provided will be rejected.
HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH 
New report looks at the mental health of children in London
(08/12/16)
More than 110,000 children in London, or around one in 10, suffer with significant mental ill health according to a new report from PHE. The report has been published to support commissioners to take action in improving the mental health of children and young people.
The report also reveals that just 1 in 4 children across the country who need treatment for mental ill health receive it.
 
The report also found:
  • Nearly 40,000 children suffer with anxiety.
  • Over 10,000 children experience depression.
  • Just under 19,000 children are diagnosed with ADHD.
  • Over 68,000 children have conduct disorder (a serious behavioural and emotional disorder).
Read more..
Improving the mental health of children and young people
(06/12/16)
Reports to support commissioners in improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Read more..
End of life care for infants, children and young people with life-limiting conditions: planning and management
(December 2016)
This guideline covers the planning and management of end of life and palliative care in for infants, children and young people (aged 0–17 years) with life-limiting conditions. It aims to involve children, young people and their families in decisions about their care, and improve the support that is available to them throughout their lives.
 
The guideline does not cover children and young people without a life-limiting condition who die unexpectedly (for example, accidental death).
Read more..
 
Helping parents spot the signs of sepsis
(15/12/16)
A nationwide campaign, launched by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, will help parents spot the symptoms of sepsis to protect young children and save lives.
 
The campaign is principally aimed at parents and carers of young children aged 0 to 4. It includes a film featuring mother and campaigner Melissa Mead, who lost her baby son William to sepsis in December 2014.
 
The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that there are more than 120,000 cases of sepsis and around 37,000 deaths each year in England.
Suicide prevention: interim report
(19/12/16)
The Health Committee has published an interim report to allow the emerging themes from witnesses to be presented to government in time to inform the updated suicide prevention strategy. A full report will follow next year, once the strategy has been published and witnesses have been invited to give their views.
 
The key messages for suicide prevention
  1. Implementation – a clear implementation strategy, with strong national leadership and clear accountability, alongside regular and transparent external scrutiny. Services to support people who are vulnerable to suicide – this includes wider support for public mental health and wellbeing alongside the identification of and targeted support for at risk groups through early intervention services and access to help in non-clinical settings. The Committee recommends improvements in both primary and secondary care and services for those bereaved by suicide.
  2. Consensus statement on sharing information with families – professionals need better training to ensure that opportunities to involve families or friends in a patient’s recovery are maximised, where appropriate.
  3. Data – timely and consistent data is needed to enable swift responses to suspected suicides and to identify possible clusters, in order to prevent further suicides. The Committee recommends changes to help the law to make sure that suicides are not missed.
  4. Media – media guidelines relating to the reporting of suicide are being widely ignored and greater attention must be paid to dealing with breaches by the media, at national and local level. Consideration should be given to what changes should be made to restrict access to harmful internet content, which may encourage suicide.
Children and young people's mental health – role of education
(01/12/16)
The Health Committee is beginning a new inquiry into the role of education in promoting emotional wellbeing in children and young people and preventing the development of mental health problems. The Education Committee has been invited to join the inquiry and share its expertise in the education sector with the Health Committee's overview of mental health services.
 
The inquiry will have a specific focus on the role of educational settings in prevention and early intervention. The Committee will be examining:
  • Promoting emotional wellbeing, building resilience, and establishing and protecting good mental health.
  • Support for young people with mental health problems.
  • Building skills for professionals.
  • Social media and the internet.
 
Submissions should not exceed 3000 words, and should reach the Committee by Friday 20 January 2017.
Read more..
INSPECTION & REGULATION
Metropolitan Police Service – National child protection inspection
(25/11/16)
Fundamental deficiencies in the way that the MPS understands and responds to child abuse and CSE is putting children in London at risk, according to a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.
 
HMIC found that none of the borough or specialist teams assessed in this inspection was doing a good enough job in protecting children. The way the force handled the cases in 278 of the 374 cases examined was found to require improvement or be inadequate. 38 cases had to be referred back to the force, because they represented a continued risk to a child or children.
 
In addition to the lack of a single chief officer responsible, other principal areas of concern included:
  • In 38 cases of missing and absent children, 36 cases were judged as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. Officers and staff need to understand the link between children who regularly go missing and sexual exploitation.
  • Of the 38 cases referred back to the Met because they placed a child or children at continued risk, the force had itself assessed one as ‘requires improvement’ and three as ‘inadequate’ and yet had taken no action.
  • Of 40 custody cases, 39 resulted in the child being kept in custody, despite the stipulations of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
  • HMIC was told that there was a greater focus on reducing crimes identified as priorities by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, such as burglary and vehicle theft, than on child protection.
  • Officers and staff often do not properly assess or speak to children at significant risk of CSE, meaning these children continue to be at risk of abuse.
  • Officers were often unaware of registered sex offenders in their area and there were backlogs in visits to some offenders, including those who pose a very high risk to children.
  • Information on child abuse victims, offenders and risks is too often kept in isolated IT systems across the force and so shared properly neither with partners such as local authorities nor even with fellow officers working in the next borough.
  • Some staff in important roles, such as borough CSE officers, have limited awareness and had received no training in CSE.
Childcare protocols between Ofsted and other organisations
(24/11/16)
How Ofsted will work with other organisations.
LA and children’s homes in England inspection outcomes
(16/12/16)
Local authority and Children’s homes inspection data covering the period up until September 2016.
Joint inspections of the response to children living with domestic abuse: September 2016 to March 2017
(16/12/16)
Guidance for inspectors and inspection reports for joint targeted area inspections of local area services.
Social care: guidance for Ofsted staff 
(15/12/16)
This handbook sets out the legal background to Ofsted’s social care compliance work and Ofsted’s powers.
Inspecting registered childcare providers: information for parents
(15/12/16)
How Ofsted regulates childcare and what parents should do if they have concerns about their provider.
Local area SEND inspection outcome letters
(13/12/16)
Outcome letters from inspections of local area services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Social care questionnaires 2016: what children and young people told Ofsted
(24/11/16)
Experiences of children’s homes and foster carers.
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LA and children’s homes in England inspection outcomes
(02/12/16)Combined official statistics release following a consultation on the presentation of social care statistics.
Read more..
Non-association independent schools inspection outcomes official statistics as at 31 August 2016
(29/11/16)
Provisional data for the period: September 2015 to August 2016 and revised data for the period: September 2014 to August 2015.
Read more..
ADOPTION
Policy paper: Adoption: a vision for change
(19/12/16)
How the government plans to address challenges in the adoption system over the next 4 years.
Consultations

Children's social care providers: fees and inspection frequency
(12/12/16)
The aim of this consultation is to seek the views of interested parties on proposed changes to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Children's Homes etc.) Regulations 2015.
This consultation seeks views on:
A 10% increase on current fees, for those settings where fees are not already at full cost recovery.
 
A reduction in the annual fee for residential holiday schemes for disabled children.
 
Amending the frequency of Ofsted inspections for those registered children’s homes (excluding those children’s homes approved as secure homes) which currently have an overall effectiveness judgement of “good” or “outstanding” so that they receive a minimum of one full inspection during the next inspection period (i.e. April 2017 - March 2018) and each subsequent year.

 
Closing date: 17th January 2017 
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Consultations on the CPS public policy statements on Crimes against Disabled People, offences involving hostility on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and Racially and Religiously Aggravated Hate Crime
(10/10/16)
We are publishing revised public policy statements on offences involving hostility on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and Racially and Religiously Aggravated Hate Crime. We are also publishing the first public policy statement on Crimes Against Disabled People.
 
We are publishing these statements because we want victims and witnesses and their families and communities, as well as the general public, to be confident that we understand the serious nature of these crimes.
The policy statements acknowledge the damaging and wide ranging effects of racially and religiously aggravated hate crimes, homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and crimes against disabled people on individuals and wider communities.
 
There are three separate public policy statements and therefore three separate consultations.


 
Closing date: 9th January 2017 
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Have your say on the Children and Social Work Bill  
(06/12/16)
Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Children and Social Work Bill [Lords], which is currently passing through Parliament?
 
If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.
 
The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration.Once the Committee has dealt with an amendment it will not revisit it.
 
The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 13 December 2016; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage, which is scheduled to be 5.00pm on Tuesday 17 January 2017. However, please note that when the Committee concludes its consideration of the Bill it is no longer able to receive written evidence and it can conclude earlier than expected.
 
The Bill relates to:

  • Support for, and education of, looked after and previously looked after children;
  • Adoption;
  • Child safeguarding and proper performance;
  • Pre-employment protection of whistleblowers; and
  • The regulation of Social Workers.
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Conference Round up

Mental Health Support in Schools


17th January 2017                         London

£250 - £575 + VAT
This conference aims to help you create a framework which supports the mental wellbeing of students using an integrated services approach.

Benefit from transferable knowledge on forming effective partnerships with CAMHs. Learn about practical methods for implementing schemes and building student resilience. Hear how peers are using a whole-school approach to deliver an effective mental health support structure.

Key topics covered include:

  • Evaluating CAMHS Schools Link Pilot delivering a whole-school approach which builds students’ resilience and reduces stigma surrounding mental health
  • Exploring strategies of early identification, approaching complex cases and the role of parents and carers
  • Recognising the importance of involving parents and carers and how they can support schools’ mental health provision
  • Learning how to implement a best practice approach which supports the emotional wellbeing of students.

Book here

Protecting Children and Young People in the Digital Environment 

31st January 2017                       London    

£250 - £575 + VAT
This conference will explore solutions to key challenges faced by those working to protect children from online threats.
 
This event explores tried and tested techniques to ensure staff, children and parents are aware of the risks faced and outline critical ideas that will support the protection of children and young people in the digital environment. 
 
Key topics covered include:

  • Developing awareness amongst both young people and parents regarding potential threats posed online
  • Tackling issues including radicalisation and gang violence
  • Ensuring staff are aware of how different technologies pose individual risks to children and young people

Attend this interactive conference in order to train your staff in identifying risk factors for online grooming,gain best practice in investigating digital offences and understand measures to prevent children and young people from creating their own indecent content.

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Improving Adoption Services and Support

19th January 2017                       London

£250 - £575 + VAT
Following the government’s publication of ‘Adoption: a vision for change’ and ‘Putting Children First’, outlining reforms to the adoption system and children’s social care, this Conference aims to provide strategic and practical guidance to enhance your adoption processes.
 
With input from practitioners and best practise, this event gives an opportunity to explore reforms to adoption services, assess the impact of the Adoption Support Fund and take away guidance from those involved in regionalisation adoption pilot.
 
Hear how partners are working together to achieve permanence for children and ensuring support is offered to adoptive families in order to meet the needs of every child.
 
Key topics include:

  • Delivering new service models through Regional Adoption Agencies (RAAs)
  • Developing the process of transitioning from foster care to adoption
  • Enhancing preparation for adoptive parents and expanding workforce training on how to help children who have experienced trauma

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Developing Research for the Children's Residential Care Sector 
 

31st January 2017                       Witney, Oxon

£45
This course for residential practitioners, providers, researchers and academics, will help participants to:

  • Understand and articulate the importance of research use within the children’s residential sector
  • Explore how others have supported practitioner-led research within residential settings
  • Assess and analyse the barriers and enablers to evidence-informed practice, and develop ideas to apply in their own workplace
  • Consider the importance of the voice of young people as a source of evidence, and explore the leadership role of the residential sector in this
  • Develop plans, individually and collectively, to further the research agenda within the children’s residential sector
 

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Tackling FGM, Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage
 

14th March 2017                       London      
          
£250 - £575 + VAT
This event is designed to provide an update on the statutory duty to report new known cases of FGM and help you to improve multi-agency working to identify and protect victims of FGM, HBV and FM.
 
Bringing together experts from police, local government, health, education, housing and the voluntary sectors, this conference offers a forum to develop stronger cross-sector relationships to assist in preventing and responding to cases of FGM, HBV and FM.
 
This event focuses on key topics including:

  • Understanding the mandatory reporting and recording duties
  • Engaging with communities to encourage the reporting of at-risk individuals and better identify possible victims
  • Implementing effective training and development for all frontline staff in identifying and responding to FGM, HBV and FM

Book here
 

Safeguarding Teenagers

18th May 2017                       Birmingham

£339 - £479 + VAT
The statistics surrounding the risks facing young people today speak for themselves:

  • A quarter of teenagers suffered online abuse last year (Stop Online Abuse, February 2016)
  • More than third of teenage girls in England suffer depression and anxiety (Open Door, September 2016)
  • Almost a third of 16-18-year-old girls say they have experienced unwanted sexual touching at school (Women and Equalities Committee, September 2016)
  • 73% of 15-year-old girls and 52% of 15 year old boys feeling pressured by schoolwork (WHO March 2016)

 
This event is an opportunity to network with leading practitioners and experts and take away proven strategies and resources.
 
Workshops will include:

  • Supporting the mental health needs of older students
  • Know the signs of teenagers vulnerable to radicalization
  • Understand the latest ricks of online and social media safety
  • Protecting students against the risks of sexual violence
Book here
 
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