Imagine a place where children who have been sexually abused can receive the response that they need, under the one roof. A place where all the safeguarding agencies work together, not only to ensure the welfare of the child, but also secure evidence the best evidence to bring perpetrators to justice. That is ‘Barnahus’, the Icelandic model being introduced into the UK.
Significant increases in the number of children being groomed online has led to the rise of self-styled ‘paedophile hunters’. Members of the public who take it upon themselves to act as child decoys online, arranging to meet and then publicly confronting the abuser. Many of these confrontations have ended in serious incidents. So, are paedophile hunters’ lawless vigilantes, or safeguarding angels?
We take a look at The Herbert Protocol, a simple risk reduction tool to be used in the event that an adult with care and support is reported missing. It is widely associated with people living with dementia who go missing, providing police with vital information to enhance the chances of locating a person quickly and safely.
We take a look at the changes to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) process and ask whether they go far enough to safeguard children who are trafficked internally in the UK through sexual and criminal exploitation. Plus, we include a practical guide for safeguarding professionals on the NRM process.
In the period 2015/16, 15,395 UK-domiciled first-year students disclosed a mental health condition. Tragically, 134 students took their own lives, a record number. Suicide among students in England and Wales has risen by over 50% in the last decade. How are universities responding to this crisis and are they doing enough?