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Multi-agency working and information sharing: learning from case reviews

Summary of key issues and learning for improved practice around multi-agency working and information sharing

Publication date April 2024
Source: NSPCC

Multi-agency working and information sharing are key to effective safeguarding and child protection.1 Perennial issues around practice in both these areas have been identified in case reviews and inquiries, including in the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s (the Panel’s) 2022/23 annual report.2

> Read our summary of the Panel’s annual report 2022/23

This learning from case reviews briefing looks at a sample of case reviews, published by local safeguarding partnerships between 2017 and 2023, where there were issues around multi-agency working and information sharing.

Each professional working with a family brings their own knowledge, insight and perspective. However, the case reviews highlighted that professionals sometimes face challenges around:

  • why information is being shared with them, and what to do with it
  • when they can share information with others
  • how to work collaboratively and communicate clearly
  • other professionals’ roles and safeguarding responsibilities.

Good practice involves professionals from different agencies taking joint responsibility for finding effective ways of working together, making joint decisions where possible, and actively seeking and providing information.


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Child sexual abuse

Source: Lucy Faithfull Foundation

Date: 30 May 2024

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has published a paper on links between adult pornography and online child sexual abuse. The Foundation works with people who pose risks to children online and offline and the paper shares case examples of adult pornography contributing to the viewing of illegal sexual images of children. The paper looks at some reasons behind pornography use and discusses how to prevent online child sexual abuse.

Read the paper: Time to talk about porn: the link between viewing legal adult pornography and online child sexual abuse  

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Mandatory Reporting for CSA and other news

The NSPCC has provided the following items of interest regarding Child Sexual Abuse.


Mandatory reporting

Source: Home Office

Date: 09 May 2024

The Government has published its response to the consultation on introducing a mandatory duty in England to report child sexual abuse. It summarises themes arising from consultation responses, sets out proposals for the new duty, and outlines next steps. The Government intends to introduce the duty as an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill.

Read the report via the NSPCC: Government response to Child sexual abuse: mandatory reporting consultation  
See the bill on Criminal Justice Bill, as amended (PDF) (at report stage)



‘Self-generated’ child sexual abuse material

Source: Internet Matters 

Date: 03 May 2024

Internet Matters has published a report on preventing ‘self-generated’ child sexual abuse material among 11- to 13-year-olds. The research included a literature review and panel discussions with 11- to 17-year-olds around effective messaging to help deter children from creating and sharing sexual images. Key findings include: many children said there were barriers to learning due to how they were taught about sexual image-sharing in school, with smaller, gender-based group work preferred; and most were supportive of peer learning approaches, learning though games, and learning from those with lived experience on social media.

Download the report: Preventing ‘self-generated’ child sexual abuse  

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Free live webinar: Unpacking Complex Trauma

The UK Trauma Council has developed a live webinar series providing expert insights into important trauma-related areas affecting children and young people.


Free live webinarUnpacking Complex Trauma

Thursday May 16, 2024, 05:00 PM – 06:30 PM BST 

The UKTC’s online event will explore what complex trauma means, how it might be defined, and considering the impact on children and young people. Through short presentations, the speakers will present different dimensions of complex trauma from perspectives such as systemic, structural, cognitive and neuroscience. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

The live event is aimed at professionals supporting children and young people who have experienced trauma.

Book a free place via this link

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Parent infant relationships

Parent-infant relationships: starting conversations (practitioner guide)

Guidance for frontline practitioners to explore a parent or carer’s relationship with their baby, and identify parent-infant relationship difficulties.


The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance to help frontline practitioners in England explore parent/carer and infant relationships. The guidance is aimed at social workers, health visitors and family support workers. It includes conversation prompts and sets out a framework to help identify parent-infant relationship difficulties.

Read the guidance: Parent-infant relationships: starting conversations (practitioner guide)