Barnardo’s Publishes its Inquiry into HSB…

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Image courtesy of ©Barnardo’s

Today, Barnardo’s has published it’s parliamentary inquiry into harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people.

Download it for free here.


Children’s Residential Care – New Research…

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Image courtesy of ©Cardiff University

Cascade has published new research on children’s residential care in Wales.  Title:


Download the full report here.

Looking After No.1 – paperback version published!

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Photo courtesy of © 123rf/Ion Chiosea (adapted)

Lots of people have asked whether my latest eBook is available in paperback. Well it is now!

It’s available on Amazon here for the princely sum of £3.97

I hope you find it helpful.

(P.S. The audio version is on its way too!  :0)

Youth Justice Review – Interim Report published…

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The Ministry of Justice has published its interim report of the youth justice review.

Charlie Taylor’s full report is due in June.

Download the Interim Report – here


The National Working Group on Child Sexual Exploitation have come up with the goods again!

This time, two tools to helps professionals…

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Image courtesy of ©NWG

There’s some excellent information here.

Those working at a strategic level will find a summary of recommendations to follow.

Practitioners can access an excellent and very easy to use tool that will help them explore the possible relationship between other issues and CSE.

NWG website here…

Youth Justice bulletin from the Standing Committee for Youth Justice…

SCYJHere’s the January 2016 bulletin from the SCYJ.

This month there’s stuff on:

  • Medway STC, G4S and the Panorama programme
  • Olivia Pinkney on police engagement with Children
  • Children joining gangs
  • Use of cells to keep children overnight, and
  • Nick Hardwick’s issues with the MoJ and inspections…

View the full bulletin – here.

Enjoy!  J.

The Government’s Vision for Children’s Social Care Reform

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Image courtesy of ©DofE

This month the government has published it’s vision for reforming children’s social care services.

The document sets out the goals for the rest of the parliament – what will be achieved by 2020.

My quick summary of the main points on first reading:

  • – attract quality people to the profession
  • – reform of qualification for Social Work & training
  • – reform Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards – “need to find a better way
  • – using data to drive innovation & accountability
  • – clear but arms length regulatory framework
  • – more collaboration across authority areas (e.g. use of “not for profits”)
  • – better support for Social Workers – “innovate as to how these people are supported

To read the full report (it’s only 9 pages) click here…

Enjoy!  :0)

Subscribe & get my FREE e-book: “Connecting With Troubled Young People” – click here…

Are you working with sexual abuse?


It allows you to express the experiences of a child you’ve worked with. Their voice can contribute!

I took the survey – it takes about 10 minutes max.

Yes, I’ve got 10 minutes to give sexually abused children a voice…

The Universities of Bath and Birmingham, in collaboration with the NSPCC and CEOP are carrying out research about young people who have experienced sexually abusive experiences, whether online or offline.  This research aims to investigate how the environment of abuse (online or offline) effects the impact on the victim, and will be used to provide advice and guidance to professionals’ working in this area, to help them better support young people who have been abused in the future.

As part of this study, the research team are trying to gain the perspectives of professionals working with young people who have been sexually abused (either on or offline).

Your information will remain anonymous and will only be reported in group format. Some quotes may be used (with no identifying features in them). If you later change your mind about taking part, you will be given the chance to opt out of the survey.

Yes, I’ll help – take me to the survey…

Thanks for your help with this!  Cheers, Jonny.

CSA research

Custody report 2014-15…

The prison inspectorate and the Youth Justice Board have published their joint report into children in custody during 2015-15.

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Image courtesy of ©HMIP & YJB

The report is, “An Analysis of 12-18 Years Olds’ Perceptions of Their Experience in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions.”

Download it here.