Welcome to the latest CASPAR alert from the NSPCC Information Service.
The wellbeing of more than one in 10 newborn babies in England could be improved if all new mothers with mental illness had equal access to good services, according to a new report by the NSPCC.
Source: NSPCC Press Release http://www.nspcc.org.uk/news-and-views/media-centre/press-releases/2013/maternal-mental-health/mothers-missing-mental-health-support_wdn96680.html 17 June 2013
Prevention in mind: All Babies Count: spotlight on perinatal mental health http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/resourcesforprofessionals/underones/spotlight-mental-health-landing_wda96578.html Prevention in mind: All Babies Count: spotlight on perinatal mental health
Updated child protection resources for anyone working to safeguard children in Northern Ireland have been published on NSPCC Inform.
Source: NSPCC Inform http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/policyandpublicaffairs/northernireland/northernireland_wda48642.html 12 June 2013
In Northern Ireland, the Department of Justice has published a strategy to improve services for victims and witnesses of crimes. The strategy has five strands including: the status and treatment of victims and witnesses; and providing support and special measures.
Source: Northern Ireland Executive Press Release http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/index/media-centre/news-departments/news-doj/news-doj-130613-new-strategy-will.htm?WT.mc_id=rss-news 13 June 2013
Victim and witness strategy action plan 2013-2015 http://www.dojni.gov.uk/victims-strategy-2013-15 Victim and witness strategy action plan 2013-2015
The Ministry of Justice has announced a pilot scheme enabling young victims of child abuse to pre-record their evidence and any cross-examination for a later trial. This pilot will run initially in Leeds, Liverpool and Kingston-upon-Thames.
Source: Ministry of Justice press release https://www.gov.uk/government/news/victims-to-be-spared-from-harrowing-court-cases 11 June 2013
The Director of Public Prosecutions has issued new guidelines for tackling cases involving child sexual abuse. They are open to a 3 month public consultation and during this period interim guidelines will take immediate effect. Guidelines include: every case must be considered on facts and evidence alone, stereotypes and prejudices about victims must be ignored when assessing the credibility of the allegation; police and prosecutors must ensure appropriate support is available for victims, including counselling. Deadline for feedback is 3 September 2013.
Source: The Crown Prosecution Service http://www.cps.gov.uk/news/latest_news/cps_launches_guidelines_on_child_sexual_abuse/ The Crown Prosecution Service 11 June 2013
Public consultation on the interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse http://www.cps.gov.uk/consultations/csa_consultation_index.html Public consultation on the interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse
Interim guidelines on prosecuting child sexual abuse cases: summary http://www.cps.gov.uk/consultations/csa_consultation_summary.html Interim guidelines on prosecuting child sexual abuse cases: summary
The Government has accepted an amendment to the Children and Families Bill which will give young carers the legal entitlement to assessment and support from local authorities.
Source: Children & Young People Now http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1077482/government-bows-pressure-carers-rights 13 June 2013
Daily Hansard Debate – 11 June 2013: Col. 267 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130611/debtext/130611-0004.htm Daily Hansard Debate – 11 June 2013: Col. 267
The House of Commons Public Bill Committee is inviting those with relevant expertise or interest in the Government’s Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill to submit views on it in writing to help inform detailed consideration of the proposed legislation. Provisions relevant to child protection include: remedies for anti-social behaviour; and the criminalisation of forced marriage. Deadline for submissions is 16 July 2013.
Source: Parliament.UK http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2013/june/have-your-say-on-anti-social-behaviour-crime-and-policing-bill/ Parliament.UK 13 June 2013
On 12 June, House of Commons MPs debated protecting children online. The debate is available to watch and to read in Hansard.
Source: Parliament.UK http://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2013/june/mps-to-debate-protecting-children-online/ Parliament.UK 12 June 2013
Commons Hansard: protecting children online Col 360-407 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130612/debtext/130612-0001.htm#13061269000002 Commons Hansard: protecting children online Col 360-407 12 June 2013
Parliament TV: opposition debate on protecting children online http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=13240&st=13:28:35 Parliament TV: opposition debate on protecting children online
Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) has published the executive summary of a serious case review in to the death of a baby from unknown causes. Issues identified include: the baby co-sleeping with parents who had both consumed alcohol and cannabis; the mother’s history of alcohol abuse, suicidal thoughts and medication overdoses; the baby’s eldest sibling taking on caring responsibilities for the mother and younger siblings; the mother’s ‘disguised compliance.’ Recommendations include: WSCB ensuring all partner agencies review the use of chronologies to inform discussion, assessment and planning for children and families; all agencies provide training for front line staff on drug and alcohol risk assessment.
Source: Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/safeguarding-children.aspx Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board
Serious case review executive summary in respect of the death of FW (PDF) http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/pdf/FW%20Serious%20Case%20Review%20Executive%20Summary%20PDF%20208%20KB.pdf Serious case review executive summary in respect of the death of FW (PDF)
A Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has published an anonymised serious case review into the artificial insemination of a girl, from the age of 13 onwards, arranged by her adopted mother which eventually resulted in the birth of a child. Issues identified include: an illegal adoption; the neglect, emotional abuse and social isolation of the adopted children; the physical abuse of the youngest child; the children’s home schooling to avoid scrutiny of their care. Recommendations include: ensuring that multi-agency guidance on the safeguarding of children who are electively home educated is informed by the findings of the review; LSCBs should remind General Practitioners of the potential safeguarding implications of miscarriages in girls under the age of 16.
Source: Association of Independent LSCB Chairs http://www.lscbchairs.org.uk/Events_and_Publications Association of Independent LSCB Chairs 10 June 2013
Family W: the executive summary of a serious case review (PDF) http://www.lscbchairs.org.uk/sitedata/files/Family_W_-_The_Executive_S.pdf Family W: the executive summary of a serious case review (PDF)
The Guardian Teacher Network has published an article highlighting a number of resources available to teachers responsible for providing sex and relationships education to all age groups.
Source: Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/teacher-blog/2013/jun/10/sex-education-teaching-resources 10 June 2013
The International Development Committee has published a report on violence against women and girls with a focus on female genital mutilation (FGM). It urges police and social services not to let political and cultural sensitivities prevent them from protecting children from this crime and punishing the perpetrators. The report recommends a cross-agency approach to FGM which proactively tracks girls at risk and takes timely action to prevent it from happening.
Source: BBC Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22880152 13 June 2013
Violence against women and girls (PDF) http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmintdev/107/107.pdf Violence against women and girls (PDF)
Research published by Buttle UK has found that local authorities are not providing adequate financial and practical support to care leavers in higher education. 37% of the 249 students surveyed said they had lost touch with their local authority and many more reported wide variation in support. In addition, 84% of students were critical of services offered by some universities, even those awarded a Buttle UK quality mark for support offered to care leavers. Report recommendations include: practitioners raising awareness amongst looked after children of the higher education support available to them.
Source: Children & Young People Now http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/1077429/student-care-leavers-inconsistent-support?utm_content=&utm_campaign=070613_Daily&utm_source=Children%20%26%20Young%20People%20Now&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cypnow.co.uk%2Fcyp%2Fnews%2F 11 June 2013
Assessing the impact of Buttle UK quality mark in higher education (PDF) http://www.buttleuk.org/data/__resources/595/Buttle-QM-report-PDF-final.pdf Assessing the impact of Buttle UK quality mark in higher education (PDF)
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report on unaccompanied migrant children in the UK. Issues identified include: children being placed in inappropriate accommodation; lack of support from suitably trained staff for victims of trafficking. Recommendations include: addressing the ‘culture of disbelief’ with regard to the age of migrant children; more effective support for trafficked children to prevent them from entering the criminal justice system as perpetrators.
Source: Joint Select Committee on Human R