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
There has been an update to the statutory guidance to Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006 at the moment it is a draft and is expected to become statutory on August 31st 2018.
Please note this is still a draft.
Welcome to my end of term newsletter
I have had a very busy term and I wanted to let you know some of the things I have been up to that might be useful to you and your school. Continue reading
Last week The Today Programme on Radio 4 featured the story of a 14 year old boy who had gained a ‘note’ on his criminal record, which may affect any future application for DBS, for sending a naked picture of himself to a 14 year old girl he was flirting with. There is a serious question here who is the victim, who is the perpetrator or are both children, both? Continue reading