Welcome to the NSPCC Learning Podcast - a series of episodes that cover a range of child protection issues to inform, create debate and tell you about the work we do to keep children safe. At the heart of every episode is the child’s voice and how what they tell us informs the work we do. If you are looking for more safeguarding and child protection training, information and resources, please visit our NSPCC Learning website. Intro/outro music is Lights by Sappheiros [http://goo.gl/YmnOAx]
57: What's next for children's social care in England? A practical perspective
29:24This is the second in a two-part series looking at the future of children’s social care in England. Listen to the first episode, an interview with Josh MacAlister, here. Earlier this year, the UK government published its vision for the reform of children's social care in England: Stable homes built on love. The strategy sets out a number of proposals to family support and early help services, including the rollout of new multi-disciplinary family help teams to provide earlier support to families so they don't reach crisis point. In this podcast episode three experts from the NSPCC consider what the government’s proposals might look like in practice. The discussion covered: - the planned reforms to family support and early help services - what new multi-disciplinary family help teams might look like - the benefits and challenges of taking a family-first approach to social care - the importance of developing meaningful relationships with families and considering lived experience - changes to social care workforce roles, including the introduction of a new lead child protection practitioner role - barriers to implementing reform, and how they might affect the day-to-day work of social care professionals. Related resources > NSPCC Learning: Early help and early intervention > Stable Homes, Built on Love: Implementation Strategy and Consultation > News: The government’s plans to reform children’s social care in England > Government plans to reform children's social care in England: CASPAR briefing > The independent review of children’s social care final report: CASPAR briefing
56: What’s next for children’s social care in England? An interview with Josh MacAlister
27:44This is the first in a two-part series looking at the future of children’s social care in England. Earlier this year, the UK government published its vision for the reform of children's social care in England: 'Stable homes, built on love'. The Independent Review of Children's Social Care in England, which published its final report in May 2022, provided a cornerstone for this strategy. The review was chaired by Josh MacAlister and aimed to produce recommendations for a social care system that puts lifelong loving relationships at the heart of the care system and acts decisively in response to abuse. In this podcast episode, Abigail Gill, the NSPCC’s Associate Head of Policy and Public Affairs, sat down with Josh to talk about the review and what still needs to be done to meet its aims. The discussion covered: the story of the Care Review and what problems it was trying to address how the review captured the voices and lived experiences of children, young people and adults that have received the help or support of a social worker, or who have been looked after problems found with the social care system and how these negatively impact safeguarding and child protection the reforms and recommendations proposed by the review to address these problems how to implement reform and create positive future change in collaboration with professionals. Related resources > Stable Homes, Built on Love: Implementation Strategy and Consultation > News: The government’s plans to reform children’s social care in England > Government plans to reform children's social care in England: CASPAR briefing > The independent review of children’s social care final report: CASPAR briefing
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55: Domestic abuse support in the workplace
24:58The discussion covers topics including how to create a workplace domestic abuse policy, the indicators of domestic abuse and what managers can do to support colleagues experiencing domestic abuse or other safeguarding concerns. Useful resources > Learn more about domestic abuse > Read our learning from case reviews briefing on domestic abuse > Listen to our podcast episode about why domestic abuse is a child protection issue > Listen to our podcast episode about the NSPCC Helpline's Domestic Abuse Practice Advisors
54: An introduction to Report Remove, an online self-reporting tool for young people
24:24Report Remove is an online tool that under-18s can use to report nude images or videos of themselves that have been shared online, to see if they can be removed from the internet. Developed by experts from Childline and the Internet Watch Foundation, the tool provides a child-centred and non-judgemental approach to image removal. Listen to this podcast episode to learn more about why a tool like Report Remove is needed, how the tool works, and how you can signpost young people to the tool as part of your response to incidents of sharing nudes. You can view the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website. Resources mentioned in this episode > Find out more about the Report Remove tool and download accompanying print-outs > Watch an introductory video for professionals on how Report Remove works > Access the Report Remove tool on the Childline website > Take the Managing incidents of sharing nudes elearning course to learn more about the topic
53: Supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing in schools
23:50Mental health problems can impact on all aspects of a child’s life, and in some cases can lead to safeguarding and child protection concerns. Education professionals are in a good position to look out for children’s mental health, promote their wellbeing and help prevent any mental health problems from escalating into more serious concerns. This episode examines what education professionals can do to build a positive mental health culture in schools, recognise when young people are struggling with their mental heath and respond appropriately if those struggles escalate into safeguarding concerns. > Learn more about children's mental health > Learn more about Place2Be > Access the Childline resources on mental health, to be used by children and young people > Take the NSPCC Learning mental health safeguarding in education elearning course View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
52: Together for Childhood — what we've learnt to help prevent abuse and neglect
29:30Together for Childhood (TfC), the NSPCC's place-based approach to prevent child abuse and neglect, was launched almost five years ago. Listen to Pat Branigan, Assistant Director for Together for Childhood, talk to the panel of development managers from all four TfC sites about the benefits of a place-based and community-focused approach to preventing child abuse and neglect. > Find out more about the Together for Childhood programme > Learn more about child abuse and neglect > View our other resources for voluntary and community groups View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
51: Researching mental health support for adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse
36:43In this episode, we hear from Dr Helen Beckett and Dr Debbie Allnock, two researchers from the Safer Young Lives Research Centre (SYLRC), who worked on a study looking at adolescents’ experiences of sexual abuse and how this has affected their mental health and wellbeing. The discussion covers the purpose of the study, the importance of listening to and learning from young people, and the ‘six pillars’ of an effective response to adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse.
50: Sibling sexual abuse
23:04Listen to Katy Tomkinson and Rowan Wolfe who work on our harmful sexual behaviour service talk about the effects of sibling sexual abuse on children and families; how to provide whole-family support; the impact of family dynamics and contributing factors to harmful sexual behaviour being displayed. This episode touches on our practitioners’ experiences of working directly with children and families. Although all experiences are generalised, they could be upsetting for some, and may cause distress. View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
49: Understanding denial in children displaying harmful sexual behaviour
28:23Katy Tomkinson and Rowan Wolfe, who work on our HSB service, talk about: what denial might look like; using therapeutic and trauma-informed approaches in your practice; exploring children’s lived experiences and feelings; how to get children and young people to open up and build trust. View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
48: An interview with the NSPCC Helpline’s Domestic Abuse Practice Advisors
28:16The NSPCC recently secured funding from the COVID-19 Support Fund to launch a three-year domestic abuse project and extend the capacity of the NSPCC Helpline to support contacts who have experienced domestic abuse. In this episode, the NSPCC’s two new Domestic Abuse Practice Advisors, Lisa Begley and Naomi Hawthorne, speak about the risk factors and indicators of domestic abuse, and their work in ensuring all NSPCC Helpline staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to support domestic abuse survivors. The discussion covers: how callers to the Helpline are provided with holistic support how witnessing domestic abuse can affect children and young people how helpline practitioners are trained to safeguard children and young people from any further emotional harm. View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.