More than 70% of children’s social workers struggled with caseloads on eve of Covid-19 crisis, survey reveals

More than seven in 10 children’s social workers performing statutory work in England were struggling with their caseloads in the days leading up the the UK government’s first coronavirus-related self-isolation...

Protecting children from sexual abuse in the family environment

On Feb 20, 2020, the UK Government published a report highlighting the gaps in the multi-agency response to child sexual abuse within the family environment—defined as “sexual abuse perpetrated or facilitated...

Council of Europe condemns use of pain-inducing restraint on children

The use of pain-inducing restraint techniques on children in secure settings is in violation of international commitments made by the UK government, the Council of Europe has warned. A report by the European...

Category - Safeguarding

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)

The End FGM European Network, the US Network to End FGM/C, and Equality Now have jointly produced a report looking at the global extent of FGM, and the need for a global response. Findings include: FGM/C is happening in more countries than widely...

School closures and safeguarding

The Independent has published an article by the NSPCC’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Anna Edmundson, on the impact school closures could have on children facing abuse and neglect. The article welcomes the decision by Government to keep schools...

Domestic abuse

Barnardo’s has published a report looking at the hidden impact of domestic abuse on children and young people in areas including: mental health; child development; harmful sexual behaviour; future cycles of abuse and youth offending. Published...

Knife crime 

The British Youth Council’s Youth Select Committee has published a report following an investigation into knife crime in the UK. The report looks at: the government’s strategy to tackle knife crime; the vulnerabilities and circumstances in a...

Online safety

EU Kids Online has published a report mapping the online access, practices, skills and current risks and opportunities of internet use among children aged 9–16 from 19 European countries (not including the UK). Findings from data collected between...