While identification of trafficked children has improved, more needs to be done to eradicate the practice. But, with Brexit potentially leading to tighter borders, many more children could be at risk.
The General Election promises a fresh start for social care, with each party presenting different ways in which they would tackle societal problems. With all of the main parties hard at work on the campaign trail, the real test will start on 9 June 2017…
“Modern slavery and trafficking is happening everywhere. It’s around us in the most normal of places. Yet it’s hard to see it – it’s almost unseen – in the normality of everyday life.”
Since the Children Act 2004 was passed, there has been a growing emphasis on services actively involving children, young people and parents/carers in the commissioning, development and evaluation of services. Continue reading Voices in a Professional Wilderness
Bereaved families are set to miss out on much needed financial support
In 2015, a total of 64 Serious Case Reviews were reported, involving approximately 40 children under five years of age.
Yet how can you take account of the Voice of the Child when the children involved are so young they might not have the vocabulary or ability to communicate effectively? It’s a challenge facing Early Years teacher and Voice of the Child advocate Judith Staff on a daily basis.
One in six men is estimated to be a victim of sexual abuse, yet there remains a reluctance by men to speak out, either due to perceived shame or embarrassment or the perception that sexual abuse is “a women’s issue”.
“Seeing homeless vulnerable people in London recently on the day we had our Christmas get together at work really made us all challenge our thinking,” says SharedVision’s Nigel Boulton. “We had far too much too eat and drink and then walked past countless men and women with little or nothing.”
The stiff upper lip; a British cliché but an indication that we’re just not very good at talking about emotions. For the 41,000 children who are bereaved each year, this can mean struggling through difficult emotions with little support, trying to muddle through complex feelings and struggling to find ways to make sense of challenging circumstances.