Yvonne Spencer looks at a broad scheme to improve outcomes — and explains its effect on local authorities and schools read more

Sir Roger Singleton, chair of the Independent Safeguarding Authority, outlines more robust arrangements to protect children and vulnerable young adults read more

Fighting this new form of bullying isn’t just a technical problem, says Dr Denise Carter. We need to educate children to anticipate risks and become emotionally resilient

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Jenni Whitehead sets a ‘questions exercise’ for the staffroom discussion or staff meeting read more

Re F (A Child) (Indirect Contact through Third Party) [2006] 3 FCR 553, 75CA read more

Michael Segal reports a case of local authority proceedings to obtain care orders for three young siblings read more

Jenni Whitehead offers advice about recognising and coping with stress brought on through child protection work read more

Jenni Whitehead examines the new procedures for allegations against staff, which have been in force since January 2007 read more

Safeguarding Children in Education and Safer Recruitment in Education came into force in January 2007. Jenni Whitehead looks at some of the most common confusions expressed by readers in the year since its publication read more

Jo has been excluded from school for sexual assault. He needs to continue his education in some way, but any school willing to take him will need to do a lot of work read more

Michael Segal explains the legal aspects of ‘special guardianship’ read more

An Emergency Protection Order (EPO) authorises a local authority to remove a child to accommodation provided by the local authority and keep him there read more

Annie Beaumont says that honesty, respect and trust are the foundations for getting on together read more

Are child protection referrals for 16-year-olds being accepted in your local authority? Jenni Whitehead examines the increasing difficulty experienced by schools in getting social care to accept child protection referrals for the older child read more

In spring 2007 the DfES published new guidance on the management of cases where it is suspected that abuse is linked to the belief that the child has been possessed by evil spirits or witchcraft read more

Steve Adams of the NSPCC looks at the sorts of training that different members of staff require and shares some ideas for successfully carrying it out

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Julie Leoni, head of emotional literacy at the Marches School in Shropshire, found her thoughts about attachment and trust challenged by the experience of acting as a support for a girl giving policy testimony about being sexually abused

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A section 37 report is a measure of last resort, which the judge was anxious to avoid in the case of F (family proceedings: section 37 investigation) [2006] 1FLR 1122, Sumner J – reported by Michael Segal read more

Joanne MacDonald describes an innovative approach to drugs education for young children read more

In Spring 2007, Jenni Whitehead reported on a Home Office consultation, which was launched to seek views on proposals for making non-photographic visual depictions of child abuse an offence read more

The government’s guidance is helping different agencies to share information but problems persist, as Dai Durbridge reports read more

Headteachers have new powers to screen search pupils for offensive weapons and they can delegate them to staff. Jenni Whitehead looks at recent draft guidance explaining how the new powers will operate read more

Margaret Edgington highlights the importance of providing children with appropriate levels of risk and challenge to enable them to develop skills for learning and for life

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The Bichard report has been followed by a flurry of legislation and statutory guidance. Richard Bird looks at what’s changed and what still needs to happen in the world of child protection read more

Jessica Peters of the charity YoungMinds lays some common myths about self-harm to rest and explains how schools can support the young people it affects

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The National Assembly elections on May 3 2007 marked the completion of the second four-year term of devolved government in Wales. Allan Tait presents some of the key issues facing school governors in Wales read more

Jenni Whitehead remembers some moments of humour from working in schools read more

Jenni Whitehead investigates a new IT-based system of sharing information between key agencies read more

Are child protection practices and procedures are adequate in cases of domestic violence and parental substance misuse? read more

Philip Jones presents a case study and discusses the difficulties faced by schools when providing intimate care to pupils who have disabilities. read more

Jenni Whitehead discusses the difficult issues in assessing truth and lies when listening to children talking about sexual abuse. read more

The cases presented here aim to help the reader understand better the nature of and the types of decision-making within the court system. read more

Schools will have to be more aware of these particularly vulnerable children when they review policy and practice, writes Ingrid Sutherland read more

Jenni Whitehead discusses the issue of young people at risk of abuse through prostitution. read more

The child who is sexually abusive needs treatment. A new report gives an overview of current thinking on the issue and makes recommendations for a national strategy. read more

Christian Webb-Jenkins, of Browne Jacobson LLP, discusses the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 read more

If Jane’s story was true she had to be removed from a situation where she was at risk. But if it wasn’t true, was there a danger of making things even worse? A former teacher describes the tensions generated by the problem

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New technology can be a comfort or a threat. Vicky Lapins outlines legal duties on educators to keep children safe

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A new programme from the charity Samaritans links in with current initiatives to create an emotionally healthy culture in schools. read more

Child abuse can affect a child’s ability to learn. In the second of two articles, Jenni Whitehead looks at ways of helping such children in the classroom. read more

We outline the key child safety issues to be born in mind when recruiting staff and explain the financial implications of getting it wrong. read more

Children can be affected by domestic abuse in many ways. Jenni Whitehead gives guidance on how schools can provide help for pupils and their families. read more

The British Standards Institution (BSI) is working on a new standard aimed at making school trips abroad safer. read more

ThinkuKnow is an education campaign that highlights the risks of the internet. CEOP’s public support coordinator, Hannah Bickers, invites readers to participate

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In the first of two articles, Jenni Whitehead explores present understanding and research on how abuse experienced in childhood affects the child’s developing brain function and how this in turn affects learning. read more

If your school hit the headlines, how would you cope? Education Bradford’s press and communications officer Paul Parker has some tips. read more

A new report, published by ECPAT, exposes serious flaws in legislation protecting vulnerable children from British sex offenders who travel abroad. read more

Jenni Whitehead looks at signs that show a young person may be at risk of abuse. read more

Emotional abuse is more difficult to prove than physical abuse. Jenni Whitehead looks at how emotional abuse is defined and how it can be recognised

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Schools are having to tighten up their record keeping after an Ofsted survey found confusion surrounding procedures for vetting staff. read more

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