pdf COMPARATIVE STUDY | North South Inter-Parliamentary Association Child Protection, Research and Information Service Research Paper, Northern Ireland Assembly, 26 September 2012

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NIA 12 North South Inter-Parliamentary Association Child Protection 26 Sep 12.pdf

This briefing paper provides an overview of child protection policy in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It looks at the legislation underpinning child protection as well as the roles attached to various Departments and agencies.

document EXTENT | How safe are our children ABSTRACT, NSPCC, 2017

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NSPCC 17 How safe are our children ABSTRACT 2017.docx

This abstract provides details of child protection data from government statistics and research findings to measure the extent of abuse and neglect in all four nations of the UK. It sets out 20 indicators covering child deaths; recorded abuse offences; self-reported abuse; child protection actions; contacts with Childline and the NSPCC helpline; and public attitudes.

pdf INQUIRY | Making care proceedings better for children: A report by the Child Protection All Party Parliamentary Group, 2012

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APPG-CP 12 Making care proceedings better for children 2012.pdf

In recent years, the length of care proceedings has increased, resulting in potentially negative consequences for children and families. This inquiry focuses on 3 specific areas: scrutiny of care plans; the 6 month time limit; and ensuring court decisions are in the best interests of the child. This report argues that it is crucial that government reforms maintain a focus on the best interests of the child and that the reforms are carefully scrutinised to ensure they do not have unintended consequences. This report provides 7 recommendations for the Government to consider and MPs and Peers to take into account as they scrutinise the legislative reforms.

pdf INSPECTION | National Inspection of safeguarding and care planning of looked after children and care leavers who exhibit vulnerable or risky behaviours, Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales, January 2015

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CSSIW 15 Nat Inspection of safeguarding & care planning of LAC & Care leavers JAN 15.pdf

CSSIW undertook an inspection in all local authority areas in Wales and the report draws on evidence from 220 cases as well as the views of children, young people and their carers, and from professionals across both local authorities and partner agencies.

pdf LEGISLATION | Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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LEG 03 Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (NI) Order 2003.pdf

The main purpose of this Order is to strengthen existing arrangements, known as the Pre-Employment Consultancy Service (PECS), under which checks are carried out as to the suitability of those seeking work with children or adults with a learning disability.

pdf PARENTAL ASSESSMENTS | Residential parenting assessments: uses, costs and contributions to effective and timely decision-making in public law cases Research report, Emily R Munro et al, July 2014

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DfE 14 Residential parenting assessments Research report JUL 14.pdf

The Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre was commissioned by the Department for Education to undertake a small-scale research study to explore the role, costs and contribution that residential parenting assessments make to timely and effective decision-making in public law.

pdf PRACTITIONER GUIDANCE | Keeping myself safe ABSTRACT Action for Children, 2014

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A4C 14 Keeping myself safe ABSTRACT 2014.pdf

This abstract provides details of a practitioner's toolkit for developing effective relationships with vulnerable young people.

document RECURRENT CARE PROCEEDINGS | Connecting events in time to identify a Hidden Population: Birth Mothers and Their Children in Recurrent Care Proceedings in England ABSTRACT, British Journal of Social Work, 2015

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BJSW 15 Connecting events ABSTRACT.docx

This abstract provides details of an article which reports the findings from a population profiling study. The study provides the first picture of the scale of women’s repeat involvement in public law proceedings in England.

pdf REPORTING | Looked after children talking to ChildLine, NSPCC, March 2011

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NSPCC-11 Looked after children talking to ChildLine case notes, March 2011.pdf

This document, a casenote, forms part of a series of reports on issues facing children today.  The strength of this casenote is that it draws directly on the views and experiences of children. It uses the unique insight into the experiences of looked after children, as described by them to ChildLine, to help us understand their lives, and aims to reflect what looked after children feel and perceive.

pdf RESTRAINT | Children's views on restraint, Children's Right Director, 2012

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CRD 12 Children's views on restraint 2012.pdf

This is the second report by the Children's Rights Director which details children's views and concerns about restraint.  It follows on from a report issued in 2004.

document REVIEW | Can a Munro-Inspired Approach Transform the Lives of Looked after Children in England? ABSTRACT, Social Work Education, February 2015

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SWE 15 Munro approach FEB 15.docx

This abstract provides details of an article which examines the lessons from the Munro Review relevant for looked after children.

pdf REVIEW | Messages for Munro, Ofsted, 2011

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OFS 11 Messages for Munro 2011.pdf

This report sets out the evidence collated from consultations undertaken by the Children's Rights Director for England with 179 children and young people in care and care leavers which fed into the Munro Review of Child Protection.

pdf SEPARATED CHILDREN | Separated children and child trafficking in Northern Ireland, Barnardo's, 2011

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BAR 11 Separated children & child trafficking in NI Policy & Practice briefing BARNARDOS NSCPCC SEP 11.pdf

Several UK-wide police operations have led to a number of arrests for human trafficking in recent years. Research suggests women and children are being trafficked into Northern Ireland (Martynowicz et al, 2009; Geraghty et al, 2010) and there is evidence that human traffickers are using Belfast International Airport as a port of entry to the UK (DHSSPS/PSNI, 2011). Some media reports state Northern Ireland has been identified as a key gateway for criminal gangs involved in people trafficking to the Republic of Ireland.  Concerns about increased numbers of separated children and child trafficking in Northern Ireland have also been expressed by various agencies working with asylum seekers and children.

In response, NSPCC NI and Barnardo's NI have undertaken a preliminary scoping study (2009-2011) to ascertain the incidence of separated children and child trafficking in Northern Ireland. This briefing paper highlights the key findings and associated issues.

pdf SERVICE PROVISION | Protecting and Safeguarding Children in Care: A review of developments in services for children in care in Scotland, Professor Andrew Kendrick, November 2014

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CELCIS 14 Protecting and Safeguarding Children in Care NOV 14.pdf

This review focuses on developments in residential and foster care that have happened, for the most part, over the past 25 years. It complements and updates the Shaw Historical Abuse Systematic Review.