CSCP Newsletter - September 2020 (updated)

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It's Not OK - Child Exploitation Awareness Raising Campaign

It's Not Ok

On Thursday 1st October 2020 Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP) in partnership with the NSPCC, will be launching their year-long awareness raising campaign for child exploitation – “It’s Not OK”.

Delivered in partnership with NSPCC this campaign will help raise awareness of child exploitation among children and young people, parents, practitioners and the wider community.  It will highlight how to spot the signs of exploitation and where to report concerns.  The campaign will also have a preventative approach, encouraging children and young people to think about what a healthy relationship looks like and to encourage them to speak out if they have concerns or feel like they are being forced to do something they are not comfortable with.

The campaign will focus on three key themes, Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE), online safety and healthy relationships. Delivery will include, but is not limited to, workshops and training sessions for parents, young people and professionals, awareness raising activities including stalls and public events (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) and launch events.

This campaign will also raise awareness through advertising and the development of print materials.  Materials will be given out at events and available in settings they will also be available to download on our website or agencies can request printed copies. 

To mark the launch of this campaign we will be holding a virtual conference on 1st October, 13:00-15:30 for 250 professionals. Following the launch of the campaign there will be presentations by national, expert leads on the following:

  • The NSPCC on the links between harmful sexual behaviours and CSE;
  • National County Lines Coordination Centre on child criminal exploitation;
  • The UK Safer Internet Centre on online safety.

The conference is now fully subscribed, colleagues can join a waiting list on Eventbrite by visiting the event page It’s Not OK and clicking on the ‘register’ button.

We hope to work with as many agencies as possible to raise awareness of CE. If you have any queries or would like to get involved, please contact

Coronavirus: physical abuse

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NSPCC Learning has published a briefing using insight from Childline counselling sessions and NSPCC helpline contacts to highlight the impact of physical abuse on children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic. Key findings include: a 22% increase in the number of counselling sessions provided by Childline about physical abuse, from an average of 420 sessions per month before pandemic restrictions were imposed to 514 sessions per month since lockdown; a 53% increase in contacts to the NSPCC helpline from people with concerns about children experiencing physical abuse, from an average of 696 per month before lockdown to an average of 1,066 since lockdown.

Read the briefing: The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: physical abuse

See also on NSPCC Learning : Protecting children from physical abuse

Harmful sexual behaviour

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Stop It Now has developed a toolkit for parents, carers and professionals to help them be aware of the risks of harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people. The toolkit includes support, advice and information, and resources and links to useful organisations.

Read the news story: Preventing harmful sexual behaviour

Access the toolkit: Harmful sexual behaviour prevention toolkit (PDF)

See also on NSPCC Learning 

NSPCC Library reading list: World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

The NSPCC Library and Information Service has created a reading list for World Suicide Prevention Day 2020, which includes information on mental health and wellbeing, self-harm and national suicide prevention action plans.

Access the resources: World Suicide Prevention Day 2020

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Speak out Stay safe: online version


NSPCC Learning has launched an online version of the Speak out Stay Safe school assembly for children aged 5- to 11-years-old. The programme is available to all primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands and includes a 30-minute assembly introduced by Ant and Dec, along with supporting resources to use in the classroom.

Read the news story and register your interest: Speak out Stay safe

See also on NSPCC Learning Safeguarding and child protection in schools

Parents in Sport Week 2020

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The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit’s (CPSU) annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of parents' involvement in youth sport takes place in the week 5-11 October 2020. The theme is ‘Let’s talk about keeping children safe in sport’. During the week the CPSU will be sharing guidance on the types of things sports clubs should have in place to keep children safe and how parents can get help with any concerns they might have.

Read the news story: Parents in Sport Week 2020 ​​​​​​​

See also on NSPCC Learning  Child protection in sport training

Gender identity services for children and young people

NHS England has announced an independent review into gender identity services for children and young people. The review will be wide-ranging in scope looking into aspects of gender identity services, with a focus on how care can be improved for children and young people.

Read the news story: NHS announces independent review into gender identity services for children and young people

Read the terms of reference: Terms of reference for review of gender identity development service for children and adolescents

County lines

The National Crime Agency (NCA) reports that a week of law enforcement activity across the UK between 14 and 20 September targeting county lines drug networks resulted in:1,041 arrests; 1,551 vulnerable people being contacted by the police for safeguarding purposes; and the shutting down of 102 "deal line" devices, linked to phone numbers used to buy drugs. Separately, the Guardian reports that new tactics used by Norfolk Police and the Metropolitan Police Service have enabled them to drive the expansion of county lines drug dealing into reverse. The new tactics, escalated during the coronavirus crisis, include officers going after those controlling the lines from London via their pay-as-you-go mobile phones rather than chasing the runners sent to rural areas.

Read the news story: More than 1,000 arrested and over 1,500 vulnerable people safeguarded in county lines crackdown

New tactics against 'county lines' drug dealing are working, say police

Relationships and sex education

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing giving an overview of the current rules and recent reforms to relationships and sex education in schools in England.

Read the briefing: Relationships and Sex Education in Schools (England)

See also on NSPCC Learning  Promoting healthy relationships

Child refugee mental health

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The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has released a podcast discussing child refugee mental health, the predominant symptoms seen in this group, and how are these children and young people can be best supported.

Listen to the podcast: Child refugee mental health needs