Safeguarding, exploitation and preventing harm

This section contains toolkits, resources and ways of working that youth justice services and partners can use to support working with children that are at risk of harm from self, from others and to others. 

 

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Summary: Access to several briefings concerned with learning following serious case reviews.          Description: The College of Policing have published a short briefing exploitation, county lines, threats and weapons: learning from two serious case review, following the death of Chris (Newham) and Child C (Waltham Forest).   Hillingdon Local Authority Safeguarding Partnership have published the independent review…
Summary: Access to the Home Office child exploitation disruption toolkit, aimed at practitioners to support safeguarding children from sexual and criminal exploitation.      Description:  The Home Office has published the child exploitation disruption toolkit, which is aimed at front line staff to support their work around safeguarding children from sexual and criminal exploitation. Additionally, the toolkit sets out supportive…
Summary: The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse have published a sign and indicator template to support professionals gathering the wider signs and indicators of sexual abuse to build a picture of their concerns.      Description: The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse have published sign and indicator template (also available in Welsh) to support professionals gathering the wider…
 Summary:  The Children Society have shared a toolkit to support children who are at risk of or being trafficked for the purpose of criminal exploitation.     Description: The Children’s Society have published, the children and young people trafficked for the purpose of criminal exploitation in relation to county lines a toolkit for professionals (2018).   The toolkit aims to address…
Summary:  Attached is the link to an article by Beacon House Therapeutic Services in relation to working with children which have experienced developmental trauma.    Description: Beacon House Therapeutic Services have published Developmental Trauma - Close Up. The article draws on current evidence and thinking to re-frame the ‘problems’ often seen in these children as ‘wise adaptations’ to the lessons…
Summary:  Access to the County Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership procedure for children exhibiting and engaging in harmful sexual behaviour.      Description: County Durham youth justice service have co-created and supported the re-drafting of Safeguarding Children Partnership procedures concerned with harmful sexual behaviour from children. This was work initiated following increase in number of children accessing the youth justice service due…
Summary: Link to the Innovate project, which looks at addressing extra-familial risk and harm including child sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, peer-on-peer harm, gang affiliation, and serious youth violence.       Description: The Innovate Project is a four-year research study funded at £1.9million by the Economic and Social Research Council (one of the UK research councils), which begun in 2019. The…
Summary: East Sussex youth offending team have shared their contexual peer group assessment executive summary, which aimed to develop agency understanding of where and how children interacted with each other and how local agencies can improve safeguarding practice for victims of criminal exploitation.     Description:  During COVID lockdown between March to July 2020, Children’s Services and Sussex Police saw…
Summary:  Attached is the link to the Contextual Safeguarding Network guide support adopting contextual safeguarding approaches to practice.      Description: Contextual Safeguarding Network have published a guide to support staff access the most relevant resources on the Contextual Safeguarding Network for adopting contextual approaches in practice. The guide is organised by incremental stages from learning the basics, such as…
Summary: Youth Custody Service have shared key safeguarding contact list and a slide pack concerning matters of concern, safeguarding concerns, allegations and complains for matters relating to children in custody.     Description: The Youth Custody Service (YCS) have produced matters of concern, safeguarding concerns, allegations and complaints slide pack (reviewed in April 2022). The aim is to help clarify…