Category Archives: Comment

Contextual Safeguarding in Working Together

Contextual safeguarding has been referenced in the revised statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. Dr Jenny Lloyd welcomes this addition, and explores how the guidance can be further strengthened. I was delighted to see this week that the revised

Contextual Safeguarding in Working Together

Contextual safeguarding has been referenced in the revised statutory guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’. Dr Jenny Lloyd welcomes this addition, and explores how the guidance can be further strengthened. I was delighted to see this week that the revised

Panorama – When kids abuse kids

In this blog Jenny Lloyd reflects on the recent BBC Panorama episode on peer-on-peer abuse. Jenny highlights the links between what is portrayed in the programme and key findings from The International Centre’s contextual safeguarding research, outlining the need for a response that

Panorama – When kids abuse kids

In this blog Jenny Lloyd reflects on the recent BBC Panorama episode on peer-on-peer abuse. Jenny highlights the links between what is portrayed in the programme and key findings from The International Centre’s contextual safeguarding research, outlining the need for a response that

‘Can I sit here?’ The co-location of CSE spoke workers in children’s social care

This week, we feature a guest blog from Blanca Gonzalez-Tarrio. Blanca is a CSE ‘spoke worker’ in the Link to Change service in Cambridgeshire, which is part of a large-scale evaluation of the ‘hub and spoke’ model, conducted by the

‘Can I sit here?’ The co-location of CSE spoke workers in children’s social care

This week, we feature a guest blog from Blanca Gonzalez-Tarrio. Blanca is a CSE ‘spoke worker’ in the Link to Change service in Cambridgeshire, which is part of a large-scale evaluation of the ‘hub and spoke’ model, conducted by the

Child Sexual Exploitation in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Sara Scott is an associate member of the International Centre. In this blog she reflects on a recent expert meeting in Utrecht and concludes that we have a lot to learn from each other. Last month I took part in

Child Sexual Exploitation in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Sara Scott is an associate member of the International Centre. In this blog she reflects on a recent expert meeting in Utrecht and concludes that we have a lot to learn from each other. Last month I took part in

“They don’t talk about it enough”

Last week Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, announced that the government intends to introduce statutory relationships and sex education into schools in England – a development that we wholeheartedly welcome. An evidence base has been building over recent years that

“They don’t talk about it enough”

Last week Justine Greening, the Education Secretary, announced that the government intends to introduce statutory relationships and sex education into schools in England – a development that we wholeheartedly welcome. An evidence base has been building over recent years that

Coming full circle: Personal reflections of an ‘old’ youth worker

Dr Fiona Factor is a Senior Research Fellow in the IC, working on the CSE & Policing Knowledge Hub. Her professional background is youth work and here she reflects on how she appears to have come full circle in her

Coming full circle: Personal reflections of an ‘old’ youth worker

Dr Fiona Factor is a Senior Research Fellow in the IC, working on the CSE & Policing Knowledge Hub. Her professional background is youth work and here she reflects on how she appears to have come full circle in her

Public and private bodies: the politics of child sexual abuse

In response to the recent focus on child sexual abuse within football Jenny Pearce and Lucie Shuker argue that society has to face the reality of child sexual abuse if we are to meaningfully engage with the kinds of change needed

Public and private bodies: the politics of child sexual abuse

In response to the recent focus on child sexual abuse within football Jenny Pearce and Lucie Shuker argue that society has to face the reality of child sexual abuse if we are to meaningfully engage with the kinds of change needed

From policing to academia: An Inspector continues his work on inter-disciplinary teams by moving into the university

Brian Rose is a Police Inspector who is seconded to the International Centre for 12 months. In this post he reflects on the challenges and opportunities of finding himself in a totally different environment, and argues that, despite some hurdles,

From policing to academia: An Inspector continues his work on inter-disciplinary teams by moving into the university

Brian Rose is a Police Inspector who is seconded to the International Centre for 12 months. In this post he reflects on the challenges and opportunities of finding himself in a totally different environment, and argues that, despite some hurdles,

Where is the government’s strategy on harmful sexual behaviour?

Carlene Firmin heads up the MsUnderstood partnership, supporting local areas to improve their response to peer on peer abuse. In this post she argues that recent policy attention on harmful sexual behaviour is welcome, but shouldn’t mask the need for

Where is the government’s strategy on harmful sexual behaviour?

Carlene Firmin heads up the MsUnderstood partnership, supporting local areas to improve their response to peer on peer abuse. In this post she argues that recent policy attention on harmful sexual behaviour is welcome, but shouldn’t mask the need for

Safety on the Move: Asylum Seeking Children in Europe

Danielle Fritz joined the International Centre this year, bringing experience in public international and human rights law. In this post Danielle considers the risks of sexual exploitation and violence facing children seeking asylum in Europe, and how legal security forms

Safety on the Move: Asylum Seeking Children in Europe

Danielle Fritz joined the International Centre this year, bringing experience in public international and human rights law. In this post Danielle considers the risks of sexual exploitation and violence facing children seeking asylum in Europe, and how legal security forms