20th April 2015

Important Date for your Diary! 

Designated Person Network Event

Date: Thursday 4th June,
Time: 10am - 12.30pm, 
Venue: Pegswood.

The next FREE Designated Person Network Event will focus on the very important subject of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
This is a hot topic in safeguarding, which follows a number of high profile cases over the last few years, involving whole communities.  
Lorraine Topping from Northumberland Children’s Services will be joining us to share what her service are doing to tackle this very worrying safeguarding issue.
Professionals across the country did not work effectively together to protect children and young people. This will be your opportunity to consider if you need to improve your service in any way in order to spot the signs of CSE and to respond effectively should you be concerned about children in your care.
To book, please email Jennifer O'Malley at by 28th May.
Disabled Children Have an Equal Right to Protection from Abuse
All children have the right to be safe. In the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), it is stated that every child has the right to be protected “from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse”.

And yet, we know that disabled children are three times more likely to be abused. Disabled children face many injustices in their lives. What is even more concerning about their increased vulnerability to be abused is the fact that they are still less likely to get the protection and support they need when they have been abused.
Click here to download “We Have the Right To Be Safe” report.

It identifies a number of factors which increase the risk for disabled children, including:
  • a general reluctance of people to believe that disabled children are abused
  • limited opportunities to seek help from someone else
  • a skills gap between disability and child protection workers
  • inadequate teaching about personal safety skills
  • issues relating to the child’s specific disability, for example difficulties in communicating or an inability to understand what is happening.
Source: Miller, D and Brown, J (2014) We have the right to be safe.
Disguised Compliance: Learning from Case Reviews 
A summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around families and disguised compliance

Disguised compliance involves parents giving the appearance of co-operating with child welfare agencies to avoid raising suspicions and allay concerns. Published case reviews highlight that professionals sometimes delay or avoid interventions due to parental disguised compliance.
The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals need to establish the facts and gather evidence about what is actually happening, rather than accepting parent’s presenting behaviour and assertions.  By focusing on outcomes rather than processes, professionals can keep the focus of their work on the child.
This Disguised Compliance NSPCC briefing is based on case reviews published since 2011, where disguised compliance is a key factor. It pulls together and highlights the learning contained in the published reports.

In these case reviews, children died, or were seriously injured in a number of different ways: 
  • Physical abuse, including head injuries and shaking
  • Neglect, including dehydration and malnutrition                       
  • Co-sleeping with parents who had consumed alcohol and drugs
  • The ingestion of drugs 
Babies and very young children are at particular risk from a lack of timely intervention due to disguised compliance.
Hidden Men: Learning from Case Reviews
A summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice around ‘hidden’ men
Men play a very important role in children’s lives and have a great influence on the children they care for. Despite this, they can be ignored by professionals who sometimes focus almost exclusively on the quality of care children receive from their mothers and female carers.
From the analysis of these case reviews, two categories of ‘hidden’ men emerged:
  • men who posed a risk to the child which resulted in them suffering harm
  • men, for example estranged fathers, who were capable of protecting and nurturing the child but were overlooked by professionals.
This briefing Hidden Men summarises the learning from case review reports. It is an analysis by the NSPCC Information Service, highlighting risk factors and key learning for improved practice.
Great Advice for Children using Webcam
CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Practice ) have produced a very helpful factsheet on keeping children safe whilst using a webcam.
Please share this link Webcam Factsheet  with your colleagues and most importantly the children and families you work with. If we don’t realize the potential online dangers as workers then how can we help those we are trying to protect?
Keeping Up with the Joneses – Video
For those of us old enough to remember the 1950’s, CEOP have produced a fun safeguarding message set in that era – oh to be young again! click here for video.





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