National Priorities, Teachers and Child Protection

If you were listening to Monday’s Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 you may have heard one of our 3D Eye tweets read aloud whilst the programme was on air:

“@BBCWomansHour : Today’s programme is essential listening for all who care about children & child abuse. Please tell others.”

The programme’s producer, Karen Dalziel, and its presenter, Victoria Derbyshire, did a very fine job in putting together a riveting 45 minutes on a very difficult subject. The three interviewed guests were also excellent – Denise Hubble, Valerie Sinason and Janet Fould.

We would strongly urge those who missed the programme to listen to it on the BBC website using this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037smxd

Two mothers tell how their lives were torn apart when they discovered their child had been sexually abused by their partner. Victoria Derbyshire finds out how they coped with the trauma of the disclosure and the lasting impact on their lives.

Whilst the ‘telling’ can be a huge relief for the child, for the mum it is the beginning of a long challenging road dealing with social workers, the police and often the court system. So how helpful are these professionals at a time of great emotional vulnerability for the mother and child? What can be done to support them through the difficult process of collecting reliable evidence and what could practitioners and policy makers do to improve the whole system?

We discuss the difficulties in collecting evidence and securing prosecutions in child sex abuse cases. Also a look at the treatment available to help the non-abusing mother. How important is this to enable her to help her child, now and in the future?

Other Organisations:

NSPCC PANTS campaign

nspccMOSAC
MOSAC is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They provide advocacy, advice and information, befriending, counselling, play therapy and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse. Visit their website or call their national helpline on 0800 980 1958.

Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
The CEOP Centre is the UK’s national police agency set up to tackle child sexual abuse. If you are worried about someone’s behaviour towards a child, online or offline, you can report this at http://www.ceop.police.uk. You can get help, advice and support on all issues related to internet safety for young people by visiting http://www.clickceop.net.

Childline
0800 1111
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online. You can also send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.

NSPCC Helpline
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline – 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to stopping child abuse. You can call their child protection helpline or contact them via email at help@nspcc.org.uk.

MAPPA
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) support the assessment and management of the most serious sexual and violent offenders.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) is the only UK-wide child protection charity committed solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. LFF’s staff work with all those affected by abuse including adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members.

The Home Office Disclosure Scheme
Keeping children safe: your right to ask for a police check
If you are worried about someone in your child’s life, you can get them checked by the police to see if they have a record of child sexual offences. Find out what you need to do to get someone checked.

NAPAC
NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. It is a registered charity providing support and information for people abused in childhood.

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) works alongside parents and carers whose children are or are at risk of being sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. They also offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. They were formerly known as CROP.

Rights of Women
Helping women through the law

As a follow-through to our previous post on this blog we’d again urge readers to consider the role of teachers in the prevention of abuse to children – since every child (apart from the tiny minority who are home schooled) spends several hours every school day in the care and control of teachers whose first duty is always to promote the safety and wellbeing of children. Primary teachers are in loco parentis with up to thirty children for several hours every day and as such have an in-depth knowledge of those children – assuming they are paying attention to the individual children and not just to the curriculum and keeping order in the classroom.

As such, we say again – the basic training of teachers must give priority to understanding the personal, physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of children. At the moment this is simply not the case, and if it were the case – and teachers were much more alert to the non-academic needs of children – then so many more cases of neglect and abuse could be tackled, and so many more children could be protected from harm.

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About 3D Eye

Gary Foskett and Clare Blackhall are educationalists, writers and consultants. We work with schools and other organisations who share our vision of how schools, businesses, etc should work in the 21st Century. We also run courses and contribute to conferences - speaking about our three dimensional model of intelligences and how schools, colleges and universities can develop the full potential of all their staff and students. We also offer consultancy for businesses and public sector organisations to support staff training and organisational change and development. For more detailed information read our blog at https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/ or see our website at www.3diassociates.com.
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