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Recognising & Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

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News and presentations for today's Recognising & Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect conference.

The Lived Experience of Child Abuse
Chris Tuck,
Founder and Director, The Charity Survivors of Abuse
Chris is an active campaigner working to raise the profile of childhood abuse in the UK and the need for legislative and societal change, regularly appearing in the national broadcast and print media. Chris raises awareness of the effects of child abuse on victims/survivors mental, emotional and physical health and is a regular speaker/presenter at national and regional conferences and events.
Chris is a qualified Health & Fitness Coach and today she supports others in their own healing through a holistic programme called the C.L.E.A.N.E.R. Living™ Therapy Health and Wellness programme which encompasses mindset, health & nutrition working both individually, and in safe, small group environments helping survivors to ‘break the cycle’ of low self-esteem and limiting behaviours.
Chris, speaking at the conference this morning said:
"Abuse and Neglect has and will stay with you forever"
"Early Intervention is Key"
"The stat is 1 in 8 children that are abused/neglected are known to the authorities, that’s 7 children that are suffering that no one knows about, it is shocking"

Useful Resource:
NICE has developed a guideline for people who work with children and young people:

Working together to safeguard children
Fran Pearson ,
Independent Chair, Newham Child Safeguarding Board
Fran Pearson is an independent safeguarding consultant and board chair. A social worker originally, she has worked in NHS commissioning, public health, social care and politics - but what runs through all of these is her interest in systems and their impact on safeguarding, as well as wider systems leadership. Local Safeguarding Children Boards were established in 2006, and she was one of the first independent board chairs in the country, in the shared board for the City of London and Hackney.
Fran said:
"Child protection in England is a complex multi-agency system with many different organisations and individuals playing their part. Reflecting on how well that system is working is critical as we constantly seek to improve our collective public service response to children and their families"
Full PowerPoint Presentation

Implementing & monitoring adherence to the New NICE Quality Standard for Child Abuse and Neglect
Professor Danya Glaser,
Visiting Professor, University College London , Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Great Ormond Street Hospital , Specialist Committee Member, Child Abuse and Neglect Quality Standard, NICE Vice Chair, Child abuse and neglect Guideline Committee, NICE Programme
​Full PowerPoint Presentation

Identifying and recognising Child Abuse
Suzan Ismail,
Team Manager, NSPCC
Suzan is an experienced safeguarding manager with a specialism in systemic practice.  For almost a decade Suzan worked within statutory social work settings in both assessment and long term contexts and across a variety of diverse London boroughs including Haringey, Brent, Harrow, and Redbridge Local Authorities.  Within her statutory social work experience Suzan has managed and implemented innovative services within existing local authority structures such as when she was a Consultant Social Worker in Haringey for the first cohort of the Frontline Graduate Scheme.  Suzan is also a qualified practice educator and has guest lectured at multiple educational institutes. Suzan left the statutory sector in 2018 to pursue therapeutic practice more closely and she now works for the NSPCC as a Team Manager where she manages a therapeutic service that specialises in trauma-informed approaches. 
Suzan said:
"We know that child Sexual Abuse happens, we see countless media reports, we hear the stories of adult survivors, yet a paradox exists because it is the least reported type of child abuse"
"Research shows that most children never disclose or wait until adulthood to disclose"
"Research estimates suggest that even if a child does disclose they have been sexually abused, only approximately a 3rd do so whilst the abuse is actually occurring, 2/3rds wait until 5 years+"
"There is currently a significant gap in the provision therapeutic services for children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse in all its forms, including online abuse and child sexual exploitation. This means that some children will not be able to get the support they may need at a time when they need it most. Letting the Future in can help fill that gap."  

​Full PowerPoint Presentation

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