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  • working together – falling apart?

    Richard Freeth

    A report by the NSPCC has highlighted the current deficiencies in the safeguarding system which means that around 1 in 9 children are receiving appropriate support and that social service departments are only reacting to emergency situations rather than undertaking early preventative work to avoid the escalation of problems. Whilst funding is an ongoing issue, […]

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  • FGM taboo to end?

    Laura Richards

    As news from the last few weeks has shown FGM is not an issue confined to the developing world, it is a real child protection risk in the UK. According to a report in The Times the MoJ has said it will consult on the idea of a new court order to protect those at […]

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  • do allegations figures raise fair child protection concerns?

    Katie Michelon

    A Freedom of Information request made to local authorities in the UK has revealed that nearly 1,000 school staff have been accused of having a sexual relationship with a pupil. Local authorities provided figures to show where staff had been suspended, disciplined or dismissed following an allegation by a pupil. It’s concerning that these numbers […]

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  • private schools feel the Savile effect

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    I have been dealing with claims arising out of institutional child abuse for over 15 years. Most of the claims my team has seen have been by claimants from deprived backgrounds complaining of abuse in children homes. Their claims for loss of earnings (the highest value of most serious claims) are limited, because most come […]

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  • new FGM inquiry highlights key safeguarding issue for schools

    Katie Michelon

    An inquiry launched to examine the lack of prosecutions for female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK is expected to review the legal framework and consider how agencies, including the police , health and education sectors, share information regarding FGM cases. With an estimated 24,000 girls identified as at risk, FGM is an important safeguarding […]

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  • secondary schools are neglecting child protection

    Emma King

    The Children’s Commissioner reports child protection is a “neglected area of practice” for many secondary schools, with staff often feeling unable to adequately deal with child protection issues. ‘Feeling Safe, Keeping Safe’ highlighted that schools with a “bottom to top” approach continually have good track records on child protection. Training all staff, including catering staff and […]

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  • Child neglect needs to be taken more seriously

    Kate Bear

    The NSPCC has warned child neglect is not being taken seriously enough by local authorities. A University of East Anglia report analysed 645 “serious case reviews” and found that of the children who died or were seriously injured, more had been placed on the child protection register for neglect than for physical and sexual abuse […]

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  • ‘Alarming new trend’ of online sex abuse

    Hayley Roberts

    The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre have reported a growth in the sexual abuse of children online. Only 7% of the 1,145 online abuse cases reported to CEOP involved attempts to meet a child; a five percent drop since 2011. Instead the new trend is to contact, groom and abuse solely online. Children can […]

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  • Child Protection-The Front Line

    Laura Richards

    A recent report looking at child protection in primary schools sets out a clear message that although many schools are well versed in child protection, the rapid changes to the rules on child protection have led to uncertainty among professionals. The report and the accompanying practical tips have come at a time when the government […]

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  • Does allowing a child to become morbidly obese constitute abuse?

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    A case where a 19 year old girl was pulled from her house by fire fighters because she weighed more than 50 stone has caused debates surrounding whether obesity should constitute “abuse” for child protection purposes. It has been argued that allowing a child to become morbidly obese is analogous to under-feeding in terms of […]

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