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Transitional safeguarding from adolescence to adulthood

‘Transition’ is a process or period of changing from one state to another. Within some aspects of social care, in particular safeguarding, the notion of transition can imply a definitive ‘line in the sand’ where assumptions about capacity change overnight and eligibility for safeguarding support is very different depending which side of this line a person falls.

Growing interest and emerging evidence – how and why adolescent neglect is climbing the safeguarding agenda

In this blog, Phil Raws from The Children’s Society discusses how and why adolescent neglect is climbing the safeguarding agenda due to a range of emerging evidence.

Safeguarding adolescents in Waltham Forest

The service response to vulnerable adolescents had always appeared to us to be full of contradictions and paradoxes, but it was the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham that acted as a trigger for Waltham Forest to fundamentally review and change its approach to safeguarding adolescents. This blog outlines the challenge for the system and how Waltham Forest drove improvements with the support of a framework provided by Research in Practice.

In tackling exploitation and abuse, we can never stop learning and questioning

27 October 2017, Research in Practice Admin

Improving our prevention of and response to child sexual exploitation (CSE) requires not just hard work and tenacity, but a willingness to engage with evidence. It is easy to be evidence-based when you agree with the messages, but when research challenges established practice, it takes real grit to reflect critically on what we do.

How do multiple disadvantages affect children’s quality of life?

6 September 2017, Research in Practice Admin

The latest Good Childhood Report from the Children’s Society presents new insights into how multiple disadvantages affect wellbeing in children and young people. It also exposes gender differences in children’s subjective wellbeing in areas such as happiness with appearance or relationships with friends, and considers some of the possible reasons for these.

Workforce perspectives on harmful sexual behaviour – what are practitioners saying?

How do professionals describe their knowledge, skills and experience in relation to supporting children and young people with Harmful Sexual Behaviour? What are the challenges and what works well to build capacity in this field of work?

‘Looking out for Lottie’ – how award winning online simulation is improving child protection training on child sexual exploitation

The Centre for Child Protection (CCP) at the University of Kent has developed innovative work into the use of serious game simulations to upskill professionals into complex and difficult aspects of child protection practice. These simulations have also been developed to help children and young people protect themselves from online and face-to-face grooming.

Supporting young victims of crime and anti-social behaviour

22 February 2017, Research in Practice Admin

The Young Victims’ Service is a new venture funded by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and delivered by North Somerset Youth Offending and Prevention Service in a ground breaking partnership between PCC, North Somerset Council and Third Sector organisations.

Adolescent neglect – no longer a Cinderella subject

Parental neglect of adolescents is not well-represented in research and there is no consensus on the definition of adolescent neglect. In reality we know little about how it impacts on young people’s lives and interacts with other areas of risk and vulnerability. A study by the Children’s Society – Troubled Teens: A study of the links between parenting and adolescent neglect – trials a new approach to define and measure adolescent neglect and attempts to identify when parenting input is so infrequent that it becomes neglectful.

Involving young people in responding to CSE

4 January 2017, Research in Practice

Involving young people in decision-making processes when responding to CSE is crucial. Yet what feels right in principle can be harder in practice. As a sector, we need to move away from working to avoid risk, towards an approach where risks are properly and realistically managed. Participatory working practices can enable this, and can also have considerable benefits for young people in shifting the balance of power to support their own protective potential.

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