Blogs

As the LSCP continues to explore new opportunities to share information, advice, guidance and training with the wider workforce, we have introduced a section here were we will share 'blogs' we find interesting and relevant to what is happening across agencies and organisations in response to the challenges of protecting our children from harm.

Safeguarding Remotely; the way safeguarding children was transformed overnight - Safeguarding Remotely
It is true to say that for the safeguarding leads (DSLs) in schools across the country their already vital and often under-resourced roles in their settings changed overnight when schools shut their doors for most students and safeguarding became the topic that everyone was talking about. KCSIE became KCSOE (keeping children safe out of education). Never has the role of the DSL and the safeguarding personnel that support them every day been so important. 

Covid-19 Insights and Experiences - Covid19 Insights and Experiences
A series of Blogs published to support the sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. Edited and published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Contextual Safeguarding Network - Click here In 2019 the Children’s Commissioner announced that an increasing number of young people aged 12 upwards are entering the care system for the first time due to extra-familial forms of harm. We know from the various projects that relocations are being used to address harms related to child sexual exploitation and the exploitation of young people via ‘county lines’. Yet there is little evidence on the impact of these interventions on young people’s safety, or the cost to local authorities. Our study begins to address this evidence gap. (Participating Local Authority

The Far Right: Legitimate Agitators or Extremists - A UK Perspective - Click Here ConnectFutures, Will Baldet, talks about the different definitions used within this field, based on recent history of UK radicalisation cases.

Watching Over or Working With? - Click here Dr Lauren Wroe and Dr Jenny Lloyd in the Contextual Safeguarding Network ask: do our interventions into extra-familial harm promote relationships of trust or relationships of surveillance?

Reflections of being a DSL during the Coronavirus Outbreak - Reflections on being a DSL 'In March, we went from running a normal school, to running a semi-shutdown, safeguarding and food distribution hub in less than 10 days'

Social work with children and families in the pandemic (Research in Practice) RiP SW in the pandemic Brid Featherstone is a professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield, she writes about the challenges of social work, including carrying out home visits during this period of social distancing.

Restorative Practice and a return to the 'new normal' - A return to the 'new normal' We believe we can use Restorative Practice to transition from ‘social distancing’ to an interconnected healthy workforce community through the deliberate use of the restorative processes described in this document.

Evaluating the CSA Practice Leads Programme in Social Work: An insiders perspective - An insiders perspective Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, Diana Parkinson, reflects on the process of evaluating the CSA Practice Leads Programme in a social work context and how this has helped to shape our future work in this area.

"But they must have known!" Effectively working with non-abusing parents - Effectively working with non-abusing parents The Deputy Director for Knowledge and Practice Development \t the CSA highlights the importance of effective working with non-abusing parents and carers when there are concerns of intra-familial child sexual abuse.

Don't wait for them to tell us: recognising and responding to signs of child sexual abuse - Recognising and responding to signs of child sexual abuse In this blog the CSA Practice Improvement Advisor for Social Work, Jane Wiffin, reflects on what those key messages mean for the safety of children and young people and what needs to be done within the statutory child protection system to best respond when children signal or speak out about the abuse and harm they are experiencing.

Safeguarding adolescents: effectively responding to child sexual abuse outside the home - Responding to child sexual abuse outside the home The CSA Practice Improvement Advisor for multi-agency working Nick Marsh considers different approaches to safeguarding young people outside the home and highlights the importance of continuing to explicitly name and address sexual abuse within the wider safeguarding agenda. 

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