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New Resources: A Pathway for Children

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation has been working with the National Development Team for inclusion (NDTi) to develop three new resources setting out a vision of future local pathways for children with learning disabilities and/or autism whose behaviours may challenge.

18th January 2017

The world in 2017

Expert analysis of the key trends that will shape our world in the year ahead, from migration to global trade and the Trump presidency.

10th January 2017

‘We know bafflingly little about what actually happens in supervision’

Community Care features an article by Dr David Wilkins from the University of Bedfordshire, about the need for research into the quality and impact of supervision for child and family social workers. Dr Wilkins is carrying out an anonymous survey to find out about social workers’ experiences of supervision.

9th January 2017

Film warning about online grooming

Leicestershire Police has made its film to raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming publicly available. Based on the story of teenager Kayleigh Haywood, the film highlights how quickly and easily children can be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. Kayleigh’s love story is available to watch online in eight different versions, including a signed version, and audio described version and versions translated into five languages. It has previously been shown to schoolchildren aged 11 and above in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in controlled screenings by specially trained officers.

9th January 2017

Online safety

The NSPCC and O2 have launched a campaign to illustrate how innocent searches online can lead to not so innocent results. Highlights how using parental controls to block or filter content can help keep children safe online and includes information on how to set up parental controls on mobiles and tablets, home computers, search engines and games consoles.

9th January 2017

Strengthening the capacity of professionals in the EU to fulfil the rights of vulnerable children

Coram International has launched a free training resource for professionals working with children in residential care, detention facilities or in justice settings. This resource helps professionals to strengthen their skills and knowledge of children’s rights and communicate with children and young people, and helps children and young people to express their views and participate in decisions.

9th January 2017

Brain tests may predict children at risk of becoming 'social burdens'

"Brain tests predict children's futures," BBC News reports. A study found that childhood factors such as low IQ, parental neglect and poor self-control were strongly associated with "socially costly" outcomes in adulthood, including smoking and obesity. The New Zealand based study followed the lives of 1,037 individuals from birth until midlife. Children were assessed on four specific risk factors: •socio-economic status •IQ •exposure to parental mistreatment / neglect •level of self-control The researchers aimed to see whether these factors could predict outcomes in adulthood that place a high burden on the economy through costs on healthcare and social services, such as obesity, criminal convictions and cigarette smoking. They found a strong link between poorer adult outcomes and the four factors. The researchers were keen to stress that their research wasn't an attempt to identify and stigmatise a group of children – "blaming the victims" as they put it. Instead they hoped it could be used to identify children who would benefit most from early-years interventions, such as pre-school education and parental training. They argue that the initial costs of these types of intervention would prove to be a wise investment by avoiding the potential societal costs that could be incurred in the long-term. However, finding reliable interventions that effectively address such broad and varied issues as social deprivation and child IQ may be quite a challenge.

1st January 2017

Most children groomed online are sexually exploited

Nearly two thirds of children groomed online who were referred to a number of Barnardo’s specialist services, were sexually exploited after meeting their attacker. According to exclusive research by Barnardo’s in partnership with BBC 5 live, half of those children groomed online, including some as young as 10, were exploited by more than one person. The results are a chilling warning to parents to talk to their children about not revealing personal information to so-called virtual ‘friends’, or meeting them in real life.

15th December 2016

Childline sees record number of counselling sessions about gender issues

Many children have suicidal thoughts or self-harm due to transphobic bullying and abuse. 2,796 counselling sessions about gender identity and gender dysphoria were held by Childline last year. Children as young as 11 told counsellors they felt unhappy with their birth gender. These sessions have more than doubled since 2012/13. During the sessions, young transgender people frequently said they had: suicidal thoughts self-harmed mental health issues stemming from abuse, bullying and lack of supportt Last year the Government’s Women and Equalities committee was told by support groups that the attempted suicide rate among young trans people is 48%.

13th December 2016

What have we learnt about keeping people safer?

Despite the availability of well-evidenced guidance and the best intentions of health and social care staff, there is still an ‘implementation gap’ between what we want to do to keep patients and service users safe and what actually happens in practice. We need to have a better understanding of what sustains this gap and what we can do to narrow it. Recently, 90 people from across the health and care system came together for an event run by The King’s Fund, the Sign up to Safety campaign and NHS Improvement, to talk about keeping people safer.

7th December 2016

Half of teenage boys don’t feel they can open up to their dads about mental health

New research shows that half (49%) of teenage boys in the UK would not feel comfortable talking to their dads about their mental health (including stress, anxiety and depression). When asked why, more than a third said it was because their dad doesn’t talk about his feelings and 31% said they wouldn’t want to burden them. The survey revealed that 37% of young men chose to ‘put a brave face on’ when struggling with mental health problems and 33% would rather keep it to themselves.

1st December 2016

Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs): From planning to implementation – London event

With October marking the deadline for finishing sustainability and transformation plans (STPs), and the beginning of implementation, this event shared progress to date with the plans, discussed the common challenges, and looked at how areas are preparing for the next phase.

1st December 2016

Seven in 10 nurses say young people's mental healthcare is inadequate

Seven out of 10 specialist nurses caring for the growing number of young people struggling with mental health problems believe that NHS services are insufficient. Half of all mental health nurses working with troubled young people say child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs) are inadequate and another 20% say they are highly inadequate, according to a poll undertaken by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) for the Guardian. Only 13% believe they are good or very good, while the rest say they are adequate.

30th November 2016

The King's Fund Annual Conference 2016: Tackling the main health and care priorities

Bringing together more than 400 leaders from across the NHS, local authorities, housing, patients, carers, national bodies and the voluntary and community sector, this annual event aims to seek answers to the most difficult questions facing the system. Presentations now available.

17th November 2016

Knowledge Hub for people with alcohol-related brain damage

Alcohol-Related Brain Damage (ARBD), or alcohol-related brain injury (ARBI), is an umbrella term for the damage that can be happen to the brain as a result of long-term heavy drinking. Over time, drinking too much alcohol can change the way the brain works, and its physical shape and structure. This can bring some very serious consequences, including changes in personality, as well problems with thinking, mood, memory and learning. If you’re caring for someone with ARBD, these pages will give you the information you need to make sure you understand the condition, and can ensure they have the best possible chance of recovery. To find out about services local to you please use our local services directory. If you’re working in healthcare, social care, housing, the emergency services, or any other field where you meet people with possible ARBD, you may wish to take advantage of our specialist training on how to manage the condition and support some of your most vulnerable clients.

17th November 2016

Modern slavery: duty to notify

Factsheet and posters that explain what you need to do if you think someone has been a victim of modern slavery.

14th November 2016

Early Day Motion 626: Children's Social Care

David Lammy has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) denouncing Clause 29. BASW encvourages it'smembers to ask their MPs to sign it.

2nd November 2016

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