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Protecting Girls and Young Women from Criminal Exploitation and Violence

It is often thought that only boys are criminally exploited but research by The Children’s Commissioner reveals that girls account for 34% of children aged under 17 involved in gangs in England. In this video Sherry Peck, Chief Executive of Safer London addresses the less well-known role of girls in criminal networks and discusses contextual safeguarding approaches to improve support programmes focused on rehabilitating females affected by violence and exploitation.

Preventing Child Exploitation: Identifying Vulnerable Young People and Intervening Early

Over 12,500 children in England were identified as being at risk of criminal exploitation in March 2020-21. Alex Bridge, Service Manager at Southend Borough Council, shares how the ‘See the Signs’ campaign has raised local community awareness of child exploitation to improve early intervention responses from councils and protect at risk individuals.

In conversation: Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

In 2020 around 43% of those seeking asylum in the UK were women and children. Of these, 8% were children who arrived in the country without a parent or guardian. We spoke to Coventry City Council, about they are working with local partners to provide more holistic care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Mental Health Support with YouthFed

YouthFed is a youth charity that supports young people between the ages of 10 and 29, helping to improve their lives. Their vision is to help create a society where all young people are able to achieve their full potential. They shared Mark's story with us.

Voluntary Sector Leadership: Managing Finances as a Small Charity

The Young Barnet Foundation work to bring charities and organisations together to support and build capacity in the CYP voluntary sector across the London Borough of Barnet. We heard from their CEO, Janet Matthewson on their leadership strategy and their pioneering community work.

Supporting Young People with Mental Health Issues

Youth Fed is a youth charity that supports over 5,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 29, helping to improve the lives of young people. They shared Amy's story with us.

Children in Care: Reducing the Risk of Children in Care going Missing

Over 1 in 8 children in care go missing every year. They are at risk of criminal and sexual exploitation, and when they return, are often put in secure accommodation. We heard from the National Youth Advocacy Service about why secure accommodation isn’t always the best option and why open communication can be the best way forward in these situations.

Children in Care: Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children to Adjust to Life in the UK

Hampshire is seeing the arrival of more and more unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC). We heard from Sarah Coles, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Consultant, Hampshire County Council about ways that schools and carers can best support these children with their integration into UK life.

Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children to Adjust to Life in the UK

Local authorities are continuously working to understand how best to integrate unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into UK schools and foster homes. We heard from Sarah Coles, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Consultant at Hampshire County Council on their recommendations for how schools and carers can best support these children.

Streamlining the Transition Between Child and Adult Safeguarding Services

Child and adult safeguarding services share the aim of protecting people from harm, however, they are guided by different practices. There needs to be more guidance in place to help ease the transition between services and streamline practice when a person reaches adulthood. This case study looks at how Birmingham City Council Preparation for Adulthood service helps young people with this transition.

Revising Drugs Support and Education for Children and Young People

The tragic death of Daniel Spargo-Mabbs highlighted the lack of awareness and understanding around drugs among both young adults and parents. His mother, Fiona, founder of the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, explains the importance of being realistic about drugs in order to save young lives.

Blackpool: A Place-Based Approach to Improving Early Child Development

Children growing up in Blackpool have historically faced poor outcomes. The Blackpool Better Start Partnership, which includes the Centre for Early Child Development, strives to give local children the best start in life. This article outlines the projects commissioned by the Partnership.

Using Data and Performance Measures to Drive Improvements in Children’s Services

Data is a powerful tool for monitoring the performance of children’s services. Alastair Lee of East Sussex County Council and the Children’s Services National Performance and Information Management Group shared recommendations on how to use data and effectively how to use data to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged children.

Ofsted: A Review on Sexual Harassment in Schools

After the viral ‘Everyone’s Invited’ campaign that raised awareness of sexual harassment in schools, Ofsted launched an investigation into the prevalence of abuse in schools. This article outlines the findings of this review, providing recommendations to tackle abuse.

Digital Safeguarding Strategies to Protect Children Online

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) have a vision to eliminate child sexual abuse imagery online. This case study examines the work of the IWF and what they are doing to tackle online child exploitation.

Safeguarding Children and Young People the NHS Perspective

Effective safeguarding arrangements seek to prevent and protect individuals from harm or abuse, regardless of their circumstances. This article discusses the NHS’ perspective on safeguarding child victims of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online: Consistent Safeguarding in Schools

Rob Shephard, Online Safety Coordinator at St Mark's Ecumenical Anglican/Methodist Primary School discussed ways of achieving consistent online safeguarding in schools.

The Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation Conference: Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the NHS

Kenny Gibson, National Lead of Safeguarding for the NHS speaks to us about methods the National Health Service have in place to protect children

Safeguarding Children and Young People: Partnership Working, and Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment

Paul D'Iverno, HMI Specialist Advisor Child Protection Ofsted, spoke about multi-agency safeguarding arrangements at The Child Safeguarding and Young People Conference, 2020.

Safeguarding Children and Young People: Real-Time Monitoring of Substance Abusing Parents

Chris Miller, Chair at Harrow Local Safeguarding Children's Board spoke about monitoring drug and substance abuse in parents as a new way of safeguarding children, at The Child Safeguarding and Young People Conference, 2020.