NSPCC gives Scottish social workers unprecedented opportunity for practice-focused learning

16 September 2014

A child protection course set up by NSPCC Scotland and the University of Stirling puts practice at the centre for qualified social workers.

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Government inspection of Rotherham Council launched following abuse scandal cover up

CommunityCare | 12 September 2014

Rotherham Council is facing a government-appointed inspection to examine whether information on abuse was covered up. This is in the wake of a report that 1,400 children were sexually abused in Rotherham between 1997-2013 and that evidence of this had been ‘suppressed or ignored’.

The head of the government’s Troubled Families programme, Louise Casey, will lead the inspection which will look at how Rotherham is governed and whether it allows for proper scrutiny from councillors, its services for children and young people, and whether ‘whistle-blowers’ are silenced.

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Listen closer to help children escape sexual abuse.

CHILDREN1st | 12 September 2014

We need your help to raise awareness of the importance of listening to children who may have experienced sexual abuse. Please arrange to display our posters across your organisation.

The RSSPCC was founded 130 years ago because too many of Scotland’s children were growing up in fear of abuse and violence. Today, as CHILDREN 1ST, we’re keeping the spotlight on child sexual abuse, encouraging everyone to see, hear, speak and act when a child has been sexually abused.

Following the Savile revelations, CHILDREN 1ST held an Appreciative Inquiry to explore the issues and how we might address child sexual abuse in the future with a range of practitioners and professionals, including key representatives from the Police, Social Work, Child Protection, the Media, as well as those with personal experience of child sexual abuse. Three key aims emerged from the Appreciative Inquiry: prevention, protection, and recovery. One identified key action was the need for awareness raising amongst professionals so that they can support, listen to and help victims of sexual abuse. The Leith Agency, whose client base includes Irn Bru, attended this Appreciative Inquiry and kindly offered CHILDREN 1ST pro bono work to design and produce posters aimed at professionals who work with children.  

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