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?
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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.’
The widespread media coverage about the failure of the FA and its clubs to properly safeguard children, continues to gain momentum as more and more footballers speak out about sexual abuse at the hands of trusted adults. The sport is now facing allegations on a larger scale than the Jimmy Saville scandal.