Teaching teenagers about sexual consent:

If it's not "yes", it's "No"...

If you work with young people, the issue of sex is never far away.

Are they practicing safe sex? Do they understand consent? These are key issues.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Antonio Guillem (adapted)

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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

Working with harmful sexual behaviour:

6 tips for improving your practice...

I spent the best part of ten years working full time with harmful sexual behaviour – HSB.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/skdesign (adapted)

During that time we dealt with something like 800 young people. After that many cases, you learn a thing or two…

I want to share some tips for  improving your HSB practice. Whether you’re new to this or an experienced professional. A specialist or just interested.

6 tips for top notch HSB work…

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Austerity – The Impact on Child Protection

5 ways the cuts affect safeguarding...

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Lucian Milasan

Since 2008 the western world has been in financial trouble. And most of us have been affected by it in some way.

Those working with disadvantaged and vulnerable people are seeing this first hand…

Worryingly, child protection is a case in point…

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Why we need to get back to “Child Protection”…

Being responsive NOT responsible...

In recent years we’ve changed the terminology of child protection. We now call it “safeguarding.”

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Imgorthand (adapted)

There are a number of reasons why I believe this wasn’t a good change.

Why “safeguarding” fudges the issue…

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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.

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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…

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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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