Consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect

The Home Office and Department for Education are seeking views on the possible introduction of one of two statutory measures: either a mandatory reporting duty or a duty to act for certain practitioners who know or have reasonable cause to suspect that abuse or neglect is taking place. The consultation is open until 13 October 2016.

NHS launches FGM summer campaign

As we near the start of the summer school holidays, the numbers of girls taken outside of the UK to be cut increases. The NHS are raising awareness of the severe health implications of FGM for those living in the UK who are members of communities affected by FGM.  They are using TV advertising to directly reach out to communities with this message.

Learning from CPS on Controlling or Coercive Behaviour

On 29th December 2015, Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate of Family Relationship came into force. The CPS has sent out an update on the six convictions to date implementing this new law:

•A man was sentenced to six months imprisonment and is a subject to a two year restraining order. He prevented the victim from seeing her friends and further isolated her by stopping her from using her mobile phone and controlling her social media, such as making her delete friends on Facebook.

Department of Education funding for FGM and Domestic Abuse

Through its Safeguarding VCS Grant Programme DofE wants to help develop and further its strategic aims to safeguard and protect children. It is making available up to a maximum of £2.25 million in safeguarding grant funding to VCS organisations for an 18-month period (October 2016- March 2018) to help deliver on three safeguarding priorities: - Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); - Radicalisation; and - Domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol misuse.

Community-led interventions on FGM: evaluation and best practice guide

The Tackling FGM Initiative has published the evaluation of its six-year programme working in almost 20 local authorities across the UK, charting and developing community-led interventions to tackle FGM. Findings include: there is good evidence that the approach has worked with a range of audiences within communities affected by FGM; the lack of clarity on where FGM ‘sits’ and who should be funding it means it will be difficult to maintain momentum.

Online Abuse Parliamentary Debate: Law Reform and Funding Specialist Support Services

The Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) at Durham University is a newly established think tank generating evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media. Founded by a partnership between leading researchers and policy experts in the field, GEM’s aim is for a democratic media, open and accessible to all. It makes the connections across forms of media including print media, online spaces and social media, film, gaming and music videos, and seeks to inform consistent evidence based policy-making across these areas.

Briefing from GEM for debate on On-Line Abuse

The Centre for Gender Equal Media (GEM) at Durham University is a newly established think tank generating evidence and policy ideas to work towards a gender equal media.

Sharing learning from CSE services

The Alexi Project shares learning from a Hub and Spoke model, which is being used to extend the reach of specialist child sexual exploitation services (the Hubs), by placing Spoke workers into new local authorities, or into new towns or rural areas within their own local authority. This England-wide initiative grew out of best practice developed by Barnardo’s SECOS project – based in Middlesbrough. North East specialist services SECOS and SCARPA (Children's Society) have been at the forefront of this development.

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