Victim and perpetrator

In safeguarding, we are facing major confusion about children who are both victims and either perpetrators of abuse or commit criminal offences. These are complex and emotionally difficult issues. Though our thinking has moved on since 1993 when the press publicly denigrated the child killers of Jamie Bulger as ‘monsters’, it is still a work in progress. We are beginning to understand that these were children enacting their own abuse in the most terrible manner. But this understanding is not universal and even professionals working with child perpetrators of abuse and crime struggle with it. These issues, alongside the misunderstandings relating to grooming and radicalisation, are highlighted by the case of Shamima Begum, who wishes to return from Syria to bring up her child in the UK. Continue reading

OFSTED: Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings September 2018

The new OFSTED Inspecting Safeguarding guidance was released on Friday 7th September in many ways this contains little that is new or surprising. Importantly, what it does do is bring the guidance OFSTED inspectors are working from in line with Safeguarding guidance, KCSIE 2018, WTSC 2018 and the changes to Disqualification Under the Childcare 2006, released over the summer. Continue reading

Changes in Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers July 2018

This is a short, but very useful piece of non-statutory guidance that clarifies the importance of and procedures for information sharing in relation to safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of children. Poor information sharing has been a recurring theme in Serious Case Reviews and all who come into contact with children should be proactive in their information sharing.
The changes in the guidance, naturally are focused around GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. Continue reading