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The media have reported today about the devastating death of 2-year-old Bronson Battersby in Lincolnshire who was found dead this week alongside his father Kenneth, also dead.  Upon reading the headlines, those of us who have been working for some time in safeguarding might sadly make the grim assumption that this was a case of […]

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Ruby Franke, 42 years, was a YouTube star who quickly rose to fame for creating controversial advice to parents.  Last august, a boy aged 12, with open lesions and duct tape around his ankles, was found knocking on neighbours doors asking for food and water, in the city of Ivins in Utah. It was discovered […]

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Recently the shocking news of Gareth Mellor broke in the media. Mellor was an assistant head teacher and safeguarding lead at a high school in Kettlethorpe High School, in Wakefield. He was tracked down by Nation Crime Agency (NCA) investigators through a Bitcoin payment for accessing indecent images of children.   After being arrested, Mellor admitted to having more than 11,500 images and videos of […]

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Teaching FGM – things to keep in mind Of the many changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, there were a few that led to a gasp of dismay from schools. One of those was the instruction for schools to teach about FGM.  KCSiE links to the government document Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex […]

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Let’s talk about Bed Poverty I’ll never forget the first time I supported a family to move into temporary accommodation when they had become homeless. This was many years ago, before working in education, when I supported families affected by homelessness.  In my role, I had already been accessing funding for the family in order […]

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Remembering Caitlyn-Scott Lee Like many of us in settings that work with young people, I have found myself reading about Caitlyn Scott-Lee and wondering what we can learn about her story in order to improve in our support for all young people including those who are neurodiverse. To provide some background, Caitlyn was a 16-year-old […]

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Contextual Safeguarding: Why is it important? Child protection and safeguarding measures are essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of children and young people. Traditionally, these measures have focused on protecting children from harm within the home, such as abuse and neglect by parents/carers. However, in recent years, there has been a shift towards a […]

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Upskirting is a serious issue that violates the privacy and dignity of individuals – usually women and girls. It refers to the act of taking a photograph or video under someone’s clothing, typically without their knowledge or consent, with the intention of viewing their genitals or underwear. This may be for the sexual gratification of […]

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I don’t know about you but I’ve been unable to stop thinking about the tragic case of Awaab Ishak. Awaab was two years old when he died in December 2020 from a respiratory condition brought about by prolonged exposure to mould in his family’s one-bedroom flat. His father had complained on several occasions to Rochdale […]

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I am writing this blogpost already torn about the subject matter: Andrew Tate. There is a very relevant argument that we should be reluctant to give this man any more airtime than he already has and yet it is also vital that we in safeguarding circles are aware of who he is and the risks […]