Thousands Of Children Sexually Exploited By Gangs

BBC | 21 November 2012

Thousands of children are sexually abused by gangs and groups in England each year, according to a report. The Office of Children's Commissioner study says there were 2,409 victims in the 14 months to October 2011, but the true number is likely to be far higher.

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Report: 'Child exploiters come from all ethnic groups'

Sexism Stops Fathers From Seeing Children (The Herald, Tuesday, November 20th)

The Herald | 20 November 2012

FATHERS across Scotland are being denied access to their children for months at a time because of a culture of institutionalised sexism within child protection agencies, a damning new report has revealed. (The Herald, November 20th, 2012). 

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National Risk Framework to Support the Assessment of Children and Young People

Scottish Government | 20 November 2012

The Scottish Government has today launched the publication of the national risk assessment toolkit for child protection.

The National Risk Framework to Support the Assessment of Children and Young People was developed by Garth Associates on behalf of the Scottish Government. It is a set of risk assessment tools to support practitioners in identifying and acting on child protection risks in children and young people. The framework document as a whole is published today, but will shortly be joined by an e-Book version of the whole framework and editable PDF versions of the risk indicator tables, for ease of use by practitioners. All the different tools will be available through the WithScotland website shortly.

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National Guidance For Child Protection In Scotland

Scottish Government | 20 November 2012

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2010 , the Scottish Government’s Implementation Survey Responses 2011 and Review and Evaluation Report 2012 – Practice Developments 1

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ChildLine launches new schools service for every primary school in Scotland

19 November 2012

ChildLine is to roll out an ambitious new service that will visit every primary school in Scotland by 2016, to help children to understand abuse and how they can stay safe. The ChildLine Schools Service Scotland was launched today at an assembly delivered by volunteers to 130 pupils at Davidson’s Mains Primary School, Edinburgh this morning (19th November). The volunteers introduced the pupils to the ChildLine Schools Service mascot Buddy and told them that if they’ve got a worry there is always someone they can turn to.

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Scottish Government Publishes Responses To Children and Young People Bill

Scottish Government | 19 November 2012

The Scottish Government consulted between 4 July and 25 September 2012 on the proposal for a Children and Young People Bill, which set out a range of proposals for taking forward our ambitions for children’s rights and services.  

For further information, visit the Scottish Government website 

A Study of Family Involvement In Serious Case Reviews

BASPCAN | 12 November 2012

BASPCAN commissioned study of family involvement in the inter-agency reviews that occur when a child has died or been seriously injured as a result of abuse or neglect. As the United Kingdom's leading organisation for child protection professionals from a wide range of disciplines, BASPCAN Trustees were concerned that, despite policy imperatives, involving families in case reviews has been largely absent, inconsistent or tokenistic. 

This study, carried out by leaders in the field, involved families, practitioners, academics and policymakers and will have practical importance to those commissioning and conducting reviews, as well as those currently considering their future form and function.  

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Eligibility Criteria Report Published - SCCYP

08 November 2012

The Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People has published a new report, Social work services for disabled children and young people and their families: assessment and eligibility, by Becki Lancaster. The report was commissioned after the Commissioner was alerted to the concerns of families of disabled children and young people who said they perceived a decrease in access to services provided by some local authorities.  

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New Measures to Tackle Human Trafficking

08 November 2012

A new statutory aggravation is to be introduced to make the perpetrators of human trafficking easier to prosecute. Other actions agreed at a summit of human trafficking include raising awareness and improving training among frontline professionals, putting measures in place to improve care and support for adult and child victims and putting in place steps to ensure robust data collection and analysis.  

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National Parenting Strategy: Making a positive difference to children’s rights through parenting

08 November 2012

The National Parenting Strategy outlines a number of new policies and funding commitments from the Scottish Government that aim to give parents easier and better access to information and support.  

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Adoption Plea For Youngsters In Care

Scotsman | 08 November 2012

More adoptive parents are badly needed to give permanent homes to the growing number of youngsters in care, the children’s minister has said. In a Holyrood debate coinciding with National Adoption Week, Aileen Campbell called on more prospective adopters to come forward. Her plea was echoed by Labour’s Neil Bibby who said increased numbers of foster parents and improvements to the process are also required.  

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BBC Democracy Live - Permanence and Adoption Debate - Aileen Campbell

BBC Democracy Live | 08 November 2012

Children and Young People Minister Aileen Campbell said "we badly need to find more adopters", during a consensual debate entitled "permanence and adoption" on 6 November 2012. This week marks the 15th anniversary of National Adoption Week run by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering .

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New Qualification For Residential Child Care

Care Appointments | 08 November 2012

The Scottish Government has asked the SSSC to begin work on establishing a degree level qualification for the residential child care workforce in keeping with the National Residential Child Care Initiative (NRCCI). The primary purpose of the NRCCI was to undertake a strategic review of residential child care services and make sector driven recommendations to the Scottish Government, local government and providers of residential child care.  

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The Safeguarding Team That Is Helping Drive Up Care Home Standards

Community Care | 08 November 2012

Hospital admissions from and safeguarding concerns within care homes have reduced in one area thanks to the work of multi-disciplinary safeguarding team in Croydon, England.

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Related articles - How Investing In Staff Is The Key To Minimising Abuse In Care Homes 

Dramatic Increase In Number Of Adults At Risk In Aberdeenshire

Care Appointments | 08 November 2012

A new report has highlighted a dramatic escalation in the number of Aberdeenshire adults deemed to be at risk of harm, including a steep rise in those aged over 65. The biennial study, carried out by Aberdeenshire's Adult Protection Committee, which was established in 2008, pointed out that over 1600 reports of concern were made in the region - an increase of 155% during the last two years.  

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More Children Should Be In Care, Say MPs (BBC News Article)

BBC News | 07 November 2012

More children at risk should be put into care, says a committee of MPs examining child protection in England. They warned that too often the benefit of the doubt was given to neglectful parents who then failed to improve. The MPs also said there was insufficient support for older children, particularly when vulnerable youngsters left the care system.

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'Thistle' - a short awareness film on child sexual exploitation - made by young people for young people

06 November 2012

Following local cases of sexual exploitation the five Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) of South East Wales (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire Newport and Torfaen) decided to commission a short film to raise awareness of the issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). The LSCBs recognised that young people are best placed to inform professionals on how to raise awareness of safeguarding messages, so they designed, developed and produced the film.  Although this film was produced in Wales, it is relevant information for Scotland and for people with an interest in child protection issues. 

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