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Safeguarding Adolescents in London: survey for professionals

I am very happy to support the dissemination of this survey from the London Safeguarding Adolescents Steering Group, developed to inform improvements to the safeguarding of young people aged 10 – 17. If you are engaged in work with young people in London, please do read this letter and complete the survey.

Dear all

Safeguarding Adolescents in London – survey for professionals

In 2016 the London Assistant Directors Network, Metropolitan Police Service, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, London Councils, NHS England (London Region), the London Heads of Community Safety, London Youth and a range of other associations joined together to form the London Safeguarding Adolescents Steering Group (LSASG). The group formed in response to evidence being generated by local site work and case reviews conducted by University of Bedfordshire and the MsUnderstood partnership which has suggested the need for improvements to London’s approach to safeguarding young people aged 10-17.

The group is committed to developing a coherent London policy framework for supporting local practice, including the development of a supplementary chapter in the London Child Protection Procedures on Safeguarding Adolescents. In order to draft the chapter the LSASG is surveying London practitioners for their views.

  • Do you feel as though you understand safeguarding in the context of keeping adolescents safe equal to, or greater than, safeguarding younger children
  • What are your experiences of trying to keep young people safe in London?
  • What are some examples of good practice when keeping adolescents?
  • Are there particular challenges you have experienced when trying to safeguard adolescents?
  • Where do you need further resources, guidance and support – and what might this look like?

You can complete the survey by clicking on this link

Safeguarding Adolescents in London – survey for professionals

This survey will be open for three weeks (closing on Friday 31st March 2017) and we encourage responses from professionals involved in, or with an interest in, approaches to safeguarding young people in London across a range of sectors and agencies. Responses will be used to inform a draft chapter on safeguarding adolescents that will be issued for public consultation in the Autumn.

Thank you


Dr Lucie Shuker – On behalf of Dr Carlene Firmin

Senior Research Fellow

The International Centre: Researching  Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking,

University of Bedfordshire.

Tel: 01582 743928 / 07525 616644



Twitter: @uniofbedsCSE

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Call to Action – Knowledge Inquiry: Children who come into the care system under a voluntary arrangement

I have blogged in the past about the use of section 20 of the Children Act 1989 with families experiencing violence and abuse from their children. I know that this is an area of practice that is fraught with disagreement and potential misuse; and it has been the subject of legal discussion too of late (see here for example).

Your Family, Your Voice, an alliance of families and practitioners that has been developed by Family Rights Group to counter the stigma and negative presumptions about families whose children are subject to or at risk of state intervention, have launched an inquiry into the powers and duties which exist under section 20. You will find information about the aims of the inquiry, what form it will take, an invitation to take part – including information about focus groups – and full briefing notes on the NIROP pages linked below. Please do check it out, and contribute to the inquiry if you are affected by any of the issues.

Source: Call to Action – Knowledge Inquiry: Children who come into the care system under a voluntary arrangement

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Royal Commission on Family Violence, 2016

Of course I knew it was a very serious and extensive problem, but I don’t think I realised the dimensions and the scale of it“, the words of Justice Marcia Neave, who was the head of Australia’s first royal commission into family violence, which reported at the end of March, after a mammoth 13 months, during which the commission heard evidence from more than 200 stakeholders to come up with a final list of 227 recommendations. The commission was set up by the government of Victoria specifically, but the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, promised to accept every recommendation, and it is hoped that the federal government will also act in areas over which they have jurisdiction, such as the Family Law Act. Continue reading

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Government launches the new VAWG strategy

Last week, on International Women’s Day, the Government published their revised VAWG strategy, Ending Violence against Women and Girls, to run from 2016 to 2020. Much trumpeted by the government, the strategy was also met with approval by crucial organisations such as Women’s Aid and Safe Lives.

With the input of £80 million, a focus on early intervention and prevention services, improvements in commissioning services with a National Statement of Expectations, and addressing the behaviour of perpetrators, it seems a little churlish to be writing anything negative. Nevertheless, we must remember that this comes against a background of savage cuts to services over the course of this government, which has seen closures in refuges across the country, with the loss of support for women which must be made good before any real gains can be claimed. Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham and shadow minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence writes in the Huffington Post that warm words are simply not enough. Continue reading

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