Stop, Speak, Support: Cyberbullying Campaign

The Royal Foundation’s taskforce on the prevention of cyberbullying has launched the Stop, Speak, Support campaign. The NSPCC along with other organisations and young people have developed guidance for teachers designed to support them to deliver Stop, Speak, Support to 11-16 year olds in their schools. The campaign helps young people spot cyberbullying and highlights three steps that bystanders can take if they witness bullying and ways to provide support to the person being bullied.

Source: The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

Further information: The Anti-Bullying Alliance


Body Image

The British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee has published a report on body image and the impact it has on the wellbeing of children and young people. Recommendations to government include: the commissioning of research to address current gaps in the evidence base, including on poor body image in pre-adolescents, the link between poor body image and risky behaviours, and the long term impact of poor body image on young people; the development of resources to support the challenges faced by young men, LGBT+ youth, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities or serious illnesses; and the establishment of an annual National Body Confidence week to act as a focus for body image activities.

Source: British Youth Council

Depression Link between Fathers and Teenage Children

Findings from a study led by researchers at University College London (UCL) looking at the association between paternal and adolescent depressive symptoms has been published. The study of 14,000 families in the UK and Ireland showed an association between depressive symptoms in fathers and depressive symptoms in their adolescent children. The research paper is published in Lancet Psychiatry.

Source: UCL

Mental Health Treatment for Children and Young People

The NSPCC has released figures, following a freedom of information request to NHS trusts in England, which show that between 2015 and 2017, from a total of 652,023 cases referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), 109,613 children were turned away. The number could be significantly higher, as one in five Trusts which responded to the request failed to report the number of rejected referrals.

Source: NSPCC

Children whose Parents have a Drug or Alcohol Problem

The NSPCC has published an evaluation of the Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FEDUP) service which supported children whose parents have a drug or alcohol problem. Findings from the evaluation of the experiences of 59 parents and 253 children who took part in the programme between 2011 and 2015 include: a small but statistically significant improvement in children’s emotional and behavioural wellbeing, and in their self-esteem and ability to process their thoughts and feelings.

Further information: Supporting families where parents have substance misuse problems: final evaluation of our FED UP service (PDF)

Source: NSPCC

Children England News

The Case for a Children Act Funding Formula

Children England believes the case for a fair, sustainable funding mechanism for essential children’s services is too urgent and too acute to ignore. We propose the establishment of a Children Act Funding Formula, which would distribute national taxation to all authorities with duties under the Children Act 1989 according to the needs of children in their area. We call on the government to implement such a formula by 2020 at the latest. Read our full briefing and sign up to support our proposal for a Children Act Funding Formula

The Management Delusion

“Over recent months there has been a big head of steam publicly building up to put pressure on Government to tackle the children’s services funding crisis in the next Budget. LGA has been publicly decrying a £2 billion funding gap; ADCS have spoken out forcefully about the role of child poverty in the rising levels of need… But whatever our particular angles all sector voices have shared a common core message – money matters and there’s just not enough of it. In the words of the LGA, ‘We cannot carry on like this’. Read Kathy’s full article (first published in CYP Now this month).

Healthy eating guidance for early years settings

The Department for Education has published example menus and recipes to help early years providers plan healthy, tasty meals for young children. They are part of the government’s plan to address childhood obesity and can also be used by families.

Reversing the move to late intervention spending

The Children’s Society, the National Children’s Bureau and Action for Children have published a report describing the “ongoing trend where councils no longer have the resources to fund services that step in and help families early. Instead they are increasingly forced to focus on dealing with problems once they have escalated.” It calls for:

  • The Government to urgently address the funding gap in children and young people’s services
  • The Government to work with local authorities to ensure additional funds are used to improve early intervention
  • Future decisions about investment in children and young people’s services should take into account local need, and the Government should clarify its plans to reform local government funding


User Engagement in the Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton & Wirral (KLSW) Combined Adult Safeguarding Board

In April this year, four Merseyside Local authority areas established a Combined Adult Safeguarding Board. The authorities involved are Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral.

The newly established Board has the Voice of the Service User a priority.

In order that we can ensure that we have the widest possible reach across the area, we are to establishing a directory of service user groups and organisations.

A questionnaire has been developed to assist in this process, and we are looking to gather as many responses as possible.

Click here to download the questionnaire (Word / PDF

PLease return your questionnaire by email to or by post to:

KSLW Questionnaire
Suite 3B, 3rd Floor, North Wing,
Burlington House,
Crosby Road North,
L22 0LG

If you would like to know more information regarding the Combined Board you can also contact David Grisenthwaite from the Boards Business Team whose e-mail is:


Job Vacancy: Operations Director with Career Connect – Liverpool/Manchester Base (closing 30th November 2017)

Innovative Operations Director for careers/employment support services for adults and young people

Innovation has been at the heart of our success; we have lead the way in winning social investment for contracts that deliver change.  With the early retirement of our current Director, we now seek an innovative and determined leader to head up a range of our multi-site/agency services delivery teams. A member of our Executive and Board teams, you will play a key role in:

  • Developing our client and market presence
  • Driving excellence in our delivery
  • Continuously improving our performance management framework and associated systems
  • Building capacity in our teams of professionals to grow and achieve

Specific knowledge of the careers sector is not essential, and we seek candidates who are:

  • Experienced in leading targeted services delivery such as employment/skills, social services, housing support and careers guidance
  • Experienced in successfully managing and overseeing a diverse range of contract types, including PBR
  • Innovative, able to shape our strategy and identify novel services approaches
  • Bright and inquisitive, highly data/IT literate
  • Customer and business development oriented and experienced in focused networking

To request a candidate pack, please contact our recruitment adviser at, or contact Bryan McPaul on 01244 675 132 to arrange an informal discussion.

For specific enquires please contact our recruitment adviser, Bryan McPaul, at, or on 01244 675 132

The closing date for applications is 30/11/2017.

Interviews will be held on 7th and 8th December

Job Vacancy: Group Caseworker with SWACA (closing 12noon, Wednesday 29th November)

A committed and skilled practitioner is required to support our existing team in providing a direct service to women who have, or are currently living in an abusive environment.

Sefton Council Tax Reduction Scheme Consultation (consultation closes 10th November)

The council is considering changing its Council Tax Reduction scheme for working age customers from April 2018.

Pension age claimants will not be affected by these proposed changes.

Merseyside Police introduce ‘The Herbert Protocol’ for missing or vulnerable people.

Merseyside Police would like to introduce you to The Herbert Protocol – an initiative named after George Herbert – a War veteran of the Normandy landings – who lived with dementia.

‘We appreciate that caring for people with dementia is challenging – and that planning ahead and keeping safe is really important.  More than 60% of people living with dementia can at some point start to “walk about”.  Whilst this may only be into the garden or street and returning a short time later, people can get lost and go missing; leading to feelings of confusion, fear and vulnerability – particularly at night time or at times of extreme weather.

As part of making reasonable life adjustments, we want to help by putting a system in place that will help to give the emergency services the best possible information should there be a need for them to become involved in a search for someone with dementia.

Sefton Council urge residents to #PawsForThought when buying a puppy this Christmas

Sefton Council is asking residents to give ‘Paws for Thought’ to ensure they don’t buy illegally imported puppies, following the culmination of a high profile case in Southport.

The “Paws for Thought” campaign has launched this week in a bid to educate people about the financial and emotional dangers of buying illegally imported puppies, especially in the run up to Christmas.

Still time to have your say on joining up Family and Children’s Centres (consultation closes 17th Nov)

There is still time for families to have their say on Sefton Council’s consultation to join up Family and Children’s Centres, which you can complete online

The idea behind the proposals is to make sure that children and young people aged 0-19 years can find the right support, for the right issue at the right time.

The consultation runs until November 17 and anyone who is interested in the proposals are being encouraged to give their views.

Don’t trick or mistreat during Halloween and Bonfire night!

Merseyside Police is encouraging young people, families and businesses to play their part in helping to keep their communities safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Officers will be patrolling local neighbourhoods to ensure people can enjoy the festivities in their area safely but Merseyside Police cannot do this alone.

History, Injury, and Psychosocial Risk Factor Commonalities Among Cases of Fatal and Near-Fatal Physical Child Abuse.

Authors: Mary Clyde Pierce, Kim Kaczor, Deborah Acker, Tina Webb, Allen Brenzel, Douglas J. Lorenz, Audrey Young and Richard Thompson
Format: Article

Summary: Analysis of 20 fatal and 10 near fatal physical child abuse cases in children less than four years old in Kentucky to identify commonalities and determine whether indicators of abuse were present before the event. Finds: psychosocial factors were present in 100 per cent of cases; traumatic brain injury (95 per cent) and bruising (90 per cent) were the most common injuries; the caregiver was male in 70 per cent of cases; prior unexplained bruising was often a precursor to escalating abuse.

Journal: Child abuse and neglect (Vol.69), July 2017, pp 263-277
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CAMHS: Learning From Case Reviews.

Authors: NSPCC
Format: Online report

Summary: Provides a summary of risk factors and learning for improved practice for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Concludes that CAMHS practitioners have a key role to play helping children and young people rebuild their lives following difficult early experiences such as abuse and neglect. However organisational and operational challenges can result in many vulnerable young people not receiving the help they need when they need it. Highlights emerging good practice to resolve these issues.

Publication details: London: NSPCC, 2017
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A Rapid Review of Sources of Evidence on the Views, Experiences and Perceptions of Children in Care and Care Leavers.

Authors: National Children’s Bureau (NCB) and Research in Practice
Format: Online report

Summary: Presents findings of a rapid review of evidence looking at the views and experiences of children in care and care leavers in England since April 2015. The review aimed to assess the feasibility of using existing sources for a State of the Nation report in the future. Findings from 306 sources of evidence include: the sector would benefit from opportunities to access guidance and share good practice on systematic ways of seeking, recording and analysing children’s views and experiences. Makes recommendations on approaches for a State of the Nation report that draws on existing sources.

Publication details: London: Children’s Commissioner for England, 2017
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Juvenile Female Sex Traffickers.

Authors: L.C. Miccio-Fonseca
Format: Article

Summary: Examines a trend in the rise of juvenile female sex traffickers and seeks to provide a conceptual framework. Discusses the lack of research in this area and extrapolates from a variety of data points from studies of sex trafficking victims, juvenile sex offenders, and a risk assessment study of sexually abusive youth. Reviews the literature, discusses reasons young women may become sex traffickers and the links with runaways, missing children, child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour and substance misuse. Calls for more research.

Journal: Aggression and violent behavior (Vol.35), July/August 2017, pp 26-32
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The Hidden Stressor of Child Welfare Workers: Client Confidentiality as a Barrier for Coping with Emotional Work Demands.

Authors: Lise Tevik Lovseth
Format: Article

Summary: Looks at the influence of client confidentiality on different modes of coping among child welfare workers and possible variation according to proximity to clients and years of experience. Presents findings from a study of 114 Norwegian child welfare workers, 55 of whom had worked in child welfare for more than 10 years. Findings show that client confidentiality can interfere with a range of coping strategies which are important to reduce stress from emotionally demanding work experiences among child welfare workers.

Journal: Child and family social work (Vol.22, Iss.2), May 2017, pp 923-931
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Facts with Feelings: Social Workers’ Experiences of Sharing Information Across Team and Agency Borders to Safeguard Children.

Authors: Amanda Lees
Format: Article

Summary: Reports on findings from a case study of information sharing across team and agency borders, carried out in three children and family social work teams within one local authority in England. Considers how information sharing is understood and experienced by front-line child and family social work practitioners including the tasks, processes and technologies involved. Looks at the barriers and facilitators experienced in relation to information sharing including sharing emotional complexities, and considers how practitioners may be better supported in their information sharing practice.

Journal: Child and family social work (Vol.22, Iss.2), May 2017, pp 892-903
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In-House Consultation to Support Professionals’ Responses to Child Abuse and Neglect: Determinants of Professionals’ use and the Association with Guideline Adherence.

Authors: Annemieke A.J. Konijnendijk, Magda M. Boere-Boonekamp, Anna H. Kaya, Maria E. Haasnoot and Ariana Need
Format: Article

Summary: Examines the presence and strengths of determinants associated with consultation of an in-house expert on child abuse and neglect (CAN) by 154 preventive child health care professionals who suspected CAN and assesses professionals’ performance of six recommended activities described in a national guideline. 46.8 per cent reported consulting the in-house expert in their suspected CAN cases. Highlights that in-house expert consultation was positively associated with two of six key guideline activities: consulting the regional child protection services and monitoring whether support was provided to families.

Journal: Child abuse and neglect (Vol.69), July 2017, pp 242-251
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On The Margins of the Child Protection System: Creating Space for Relational Social Work Practice.

Authors: Guy Kirk and Robbie Duschinsky
Format: Article

Summary: Presents the Complex Child in Need (CCiN) protocol, a potential new model of social work practice. CCiN was developed by a UK local authority to improve the management of cases where the risk to a child does not meet the threshold for a formal child protection plan but where there are clear ongoing concerns about the child’s safety and wellbeing. Findings from an evaluation of CCiN suggest that it helps create a space for relational social work practice, providing a clear process for practitioners to follow with direct management oversight, clear inter-agency commitment, pathways for progressing concerns and ownership at all levels.

Journal: Child and family social work (Vol.22, Iss.2), May 2017, pp 963-971
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The New Orleans Intervention Model: Early Implementation in a London Borough: Evaluation Report.

Authors: Kings College London, Mary Baginsky, Jo Moriarty, Jill Manthorpe, Dennis Ougrin and Kerry Middleton
Format: Online report

Summary: Evaluates the effectiveness of the London Infant and Family Team (LIFT) service. The service used the New Orleans Intervention Model (NIM), a service approach that provides intensive assessment and treatment for families of children aged 0-5 years in foster care, which informs recommendations to the court about adoption or permanent return to birth families. LIFT was delivered in Croydon by the NSPCC in collaboration with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Key findings: the LIFT service and NIM have the potential to address some of the challenges in family courts arising from a lack of analysis and evidence, leading to judges expressing concern about some plans that are presented to them.

Publication details: London: Department for Education (DfE), 2017
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Predictors of Substantiated Re-Reports in a Sample of Children with Initial Unsubstantiated Reports.

Authors: Merav Jedwab, Donna Harrington and Howard Dubowitz
Format: Article

Summary: Investigates patterns of re-reporting in the child protection system by measuring the period between the time of the initial unsubstantiated report and the time of first substantiated re-report and factors associated with the risk of later substantiated re-reporting. Out of 378 children from the Longitudinal Studies on Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) with unsubstantiated reports, 81 per cent were re-reported and two thirds were substantiated. Those at increased risk of substantiated re-reports were younger, non-white children with caregivers with more depressive symptoms.

Journal: Child abuse and neglect (Vol.69), July 2017, pp 232-241
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Child Arrests in England and Wales 2016: Research Briefing.

Authors: Howard League for Penal Reform
Format: Online report

Summary: Briefing paper analysing freedom of information data from 43 police service areas in England and Wales and the British Transport Police. Findings include: there were 87,525 child arrests in England and Wales in 2016, a reduction of 64 per cent since 2010; every force in England and Wales has reduced the number of child arrests between 2010 and 2015, with 12 forces achieving reductions of more than 75 per cent; arrests of girls have fallen at a faster rate than that of boys. Includes case studies of the good practice that have led to reductions in child arrests at Hampshire Constabulary and Dorset Police.

Publication details: London: Howard League for Penal Reform, 2017
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Effectiveness of Family Group Conferencing in Preventing Repeat Referrals to Child Protective Services and Out-of-Home Placements.

Authors: Dana M. Hollinshead, Tyler W. Corwin, Erin J. Maher, Lisa Merkel-Holguin, Heather Allan and John D. Fluke
Format: Article

Summary: Examines whether a referral to a family group conference was associated with re-referrals, substantiated re-referrals, or out-of-home placements among families receiving in-home children’s services. Finds no significant associations between treatment and control group assignment; families with more children had higher odds of a re-referral and a substantiated re-referral; families with more than one parent had higher odds of re-referral; and families where a substance abuse service referral was noted had higher odds of out-of-home placement.

Journal: Child abuse and neglect (Vol.69), July 2017, pp 285-294
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