Source: NSPCC Learning
Date: 22 October 2020
NSPCC Learning has put together information to help anyone who works or volunteers with children and young people to recognise the signs that a child might be being exploited by a county lines gang, and understand what action to take to help keep children safe. Topics covered include: the risks associated with county lines; recognising and responding to concerns about county lines; how professionals can work to prevent county lines; and a summary of the relevant legislation and guidance.
Read the news story: Protecting children from county lines
See also on NSPCC Learning
Protecting children from trafficking and modern slavery
Source: Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care, and Home Office
Date: 30 July 2020
The Department for Education (DfE), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and the Home Office have published updated statutory guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in England and Wales.
Read the news story: Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation
Read the guidance: Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (PDF)
See also on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from female genital mutilation (FGM)
A new centralised hub of information on child safeguarding is now available online for parents, carers and the wider community to make use of to keep children safe from risk and harm.
Led by HM Government, it includes information on safeguarding risks and harms children may be particularly vulnerable to during coronavirus (COVID-19) such as domestic abuse, child sexual abuse and criminal exploitation, with links to support available from such organisations as NSPCC and Barnardo’s.
For further information which may be of use to support your conversations with parents and carers visit GOV.UK.
As lockdown restrictions are easing an increase in domestic abuse is anticipated, especially where coercion and control are prevalent.
The linked guidance from SCIE around working with families, victims, children and perpetrators offers very useful and practical tips on what to say, how to ask, and what you can do to help.
In light of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and in response to national Public Health advice, changes to out domestic abuse services have been made.
The Sutton Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop which usually runs on a Wednesday morning as a drop-in session remains closed until further notice.
However, from 1 July 2020 we are able to offer face-to-face appointments at Sutton Baptist Church on Wednesday mornings for those who want to talk to a specialist domestic abuse adviser (IDVA). Our independent domestic abuse advisers are available to meet with you face-to-face to discuss your situation and provide support and guidance to help you.
To arrange an appointment please contact Transform on 020 8092 7569 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments will be conducted with Covid-19 safety measures in place, i.e. observing social distancing; ensuring that hand washing facilities are available etc.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, support is available - contact Transform on 020 8092 7569 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email email@example.com.
In an emergency, always dial 999.
Sutton Council are providing the latest information and advice on the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) situation on their website.
A signposting information sheet for residents and practitioners is available to download here.