The UK Safer Internet day on 6th February, raises awareness of the online dangers and how to support young people. The use of technology, the internet, and social media, is central to all of our lives, whether we like to admit it or not.
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Recently, the awareness of mental health issues in the news has been increasing in prominence, and rightly so. However, the full extent of how this may affect a child or young person regarding fabricated or induced illness by proxy, is still not understood.
An evaluation of ‘Signs of Safety’ within 10 pilot areas was completed by Baginsky et al (July 2017) and has been overwhelmingly positive according to the Department for Education. Manchester Safeguarding Children’s Board reports that 43 UK Local Authorities are implementing the Signs of Safety approach to help safeguard children, but what is it?
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) happens most often during the summer holidays, sometimes referred to as the ‘cutting season.’ It is a horrific form of abuse where the victim’s genitalia can be fully or partially removed. This practice often occurs during the holidays, allowing more time for the victim to heal before returning to school.
Over the last year, a significant amount of campaigning, work and research has been undertaken around the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Sadly, professionals working with victims in some cases still interpret the activity of the vulnerable young people involved as ‘lifestyle choices.’