The Children’s Society has published a review of research on adolescent neglect. The report, commissioned by Luton Safeguarding Children Board, includes: a definition of adolescent neglect; the impacts of neglect, ways in which adolescent neglect can be identified, assessed and responded to in practice. A briefing for professionals has also been published.
Statement from Christine Davies CBE
As the Independent Chair of the Sutton Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), I welcome the Coroner’s verdict and the thoroughness of the Inquest, where the evidence of all interested parties was heard and read. This was an exceptionally unusual case and an overwhelming one for those involved. Despite various failings which have been highlighted in the Serious Case Review the Coroner is unable to conclude that any acts or omissions by the relevant agencies possibly or probably contributed to the death of Ellie. Over the past two years, the main agencies in Sutton responsible for children’s welfare have worked hard to learn the lessons from Ellie’s death and put in place measures to ensure, as far as possible, such a tragedy never occurs again.
Modern slavery and human trafficking
The National Crime Agency (NCA) has published a summary of the number of potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in 2017. Figures show that in 2017 the NRM received 2118 referrals of potential victims who were under the age of 18, an increase of 66% on the previous year, due in part to an increase in county lines gang exploitation referrals included within labour exploitation and unaccompanied asylum seeking children figures.
Resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour in schools
The Contextual Safeguarding Network at the University of Bedfordshire has created a range of resources for tackling harmful sexual behaviour. Resources include: a traffic-light tool for self- assessment; a series of five webinars that explain how to use the tool; and a spreadsheet to record the scores of self-assessment.
Source: Contextual Safeguarding Network
Multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours
There is a need for a multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) which has been developed by NSPCC in partnership with The Lucy Faithful Foundation, Action for Children and Barnardo’s, and other experts in HSB. The framework focuses on five key elements including: responses to children and young people who display HSB; prevention, identification and early assessment; effective assessment and referral pathways; interventions; and workforce development.
Further information: NSPCC: Harmful sexual behaviour framework