The new version of “WORKING TOGETHER” is out…

Working Together 2015The new version of the guidance document for safeguarding practice and inter-agency working is out – it was released in March   (I missed it at that point!).

As with previous editions there is a great online version which is very easy to use.

Here’s the link:

Working Together 2015…

Apps to help you help teenagers: No.6 – iAssistSafety

We live in a risky world. But there’s safety and solace in the people we trust. This is true for children and young people too.

Image courtesy of ©Matlecapps

Image courtesy of ©Matlecapps

In this latest post in our “Apps” series, we look at a way of helping children to identify their safe people – those they could turn to if needed…

Who’re you gonna call?…

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Safeguarding Pressures research published…

Image courtesy of ©ADCS

Image courtesy of ©ADCS

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services – The ADCS – has published Phase 4 of it’s Safeguarding Pressures research findings.

These cover the period to the end of March 2014. To download the executive summary click here.

For the full report and the findings from the previous 3 phases, click here.

Join the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation…

CSE CampaignSPEAK OUT AGAINST CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION – this is the National Working Group Network campaign to tackle CSE.

For more information about the Network and its excellent work, click here.

There is a library of useful resources and information from NWG here.

Just text the word “VOICE” to 70007 to donate £3…

THANKS! Cheers, J.

Apps to help you help troubled young people – No. 4… ZIPIT

Who would send an inappropriate picture of themselves to a journalist?

Well, it happens – a British member of parliament did it just recently!

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Photo courtesy of ©123RF/loganban

I’ve written before about the dangers and pressures young people can encounter online. The pressure to send indecent selfies is one.

How can we help young people resist this pressure?…

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Apps to help you help teenagers: No.3… Safeguarding

The father of a teenager once asked me, “What qualifies you to work with my son?”

Good question! And certainly one I would be asking in his position…

Image courtesy of ©CCW & WCVA

Image courtesy of ©CCW & WCVA

Looking back, the answer I gave wasn’t the best. Basically, I gave him a run through of my qualifications.

But knowing stuff doesn’t necessarily mean we know what to do with that knowledge…

How good is your child protection practice?…

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Intra-familial child sexual abuse…

I love my family. Most of us do. But for some children, family is far more complex than it should be.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/lovleah

When sexual abuse is part of children’s family experience, it complicates matters incredibly. They love their family, too. But then there’s the other stuff…

What do we know about intra-familial child sexual abuse?…

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Risk? What risk?…

“Risk” is one of those words. It gets used a lot. Often without much explanation.

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Children and young people are often spoken of as being “at risk,” or as “posing risks” to others.

But what do we mean by these terms?

What is “risk?”

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Sexual abuse – what’s the damage?

It’s a daily occurrence on the news these days – another sexual abuse case. But what of the victims?

Photo ©iStockphoto/enieni

Photo ©iStockphoto/enieni

We know that kids can be resilient, but what other factors influence the harm caused? What do we know about the impact of sexual abuse on the children themselves?

What makes the bad even worse?

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Intra-familial child sexual abuse report published…

Image ©Children's Commissioner for England

Image ©Children’s Commissioner for England

The office of the Children’s Commisioner for England has published a new report this month.

It’s a rapid evidence assessment into sexual abuse of children within their own families. It precedes a fuller study which will report in 2016.

To download, “It’s a Lonely Journey” – An Rapid Evidence Assessment into Intra-familial Child Sexual Abuse, click here or on the photo opposite.

Miss this at your peril: 5 reasons to go to NOTA 2014…

NOTA International Conference 2014 – York, U.K. Sept.10-12

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Photo ©Yorkshire.com

Why should I go to the NOTA conference?

…because it is, quite simply, the best training opportunity in the UK for anyone who works with children and young people (and adults) with sexual behaviour problems.

Amongst other things, you can be sure to find:

  • up-to-date research
  • specialist resources
  • practice innovations and ideas
  • support from like-minded colleagues
  • opportunities to build your network, including with others from your part of the country (see the NOTA branches page for more on this)
  • 3 days off work!

So, I guess it’s time to talk to your boss or dig deep in the austerity-resistant part of your purse or wallet and get yourself booked in.

If this sounds like a bit of a hard sell, it is; for the following…

5 reasons:

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Male victims of sexual abuse – 3 myths…

I’ve lost count of how many boys and young men I’ve encountered who were victims of childhood sexual abuse. It’s the nature of the job.

Sad boy...

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The typical perpetrator is male. The typical victim is female. And we have an image of both in our minds.

Such stereotypes of sexual abuse, whether they are accurate or not, can detract from good practice.

Professionals working with young people who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) MUST think beyond the caricatures. We must reject the stereotypes.

Myths about males as victims of sexual abuse…

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