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Increasing Safety and the Resilience of Children at Risk of Technology-assisted Child Sexual Abuse: Implementation Evaluation for InCtrl

A summary of the results of evaluation of the NSPCC InCtrl programme. This is a preventative service that aims to support children to safely enjoy online life by increasing safe online behaviours and digital resilience. The implementation evaluation examined (1) the feasibility of the pilot service, (2) whether the theory of change for InCtrl is […]

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Sir Peter Wanless Chief Exec NSPCC

Peter Wanless has been the Chief Executive of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children since June 2013. The charity’s longstanding purpose is to prevent cruelty to children, something it seeks to achieve through a mixture of service delivery, research, influencing, advocacy and campaigning. Among the NSPCC’s http://nspcc.org.uk direct services are Childline, 0800 1111  a confidential […]

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Child mental health

Abuse and neglect The traumatic impact of abuse and neglect increases the likelihood of children developing a range of mental health issues – both during childhood and in later life. These include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Norman et al, 2012; Spatz Widom, 1999). Specific types of abuse may be connected […]

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Making neuroscience more accessible: childhood trauma, the brain and mental health

Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, UCL What the research tells us Over the last decade, scientists have been documenting changes to children’s threat, memory and emotion regulation systems brought about by their experience of abuse and neglect. Research has shown us that changes to the brain associated with mental health vulnerability can […]

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Celebrating 20 years of CASPAR

This week, we’re celebrating twenty years of CASPAR, our free weekly email alert containing all the developments in child protection policy, research, practice and guidance. Since its launch in October 2000, CASPAR has contributed to sharing safeguarding information and improving practice. Over 1000 weekly alerts have been written and sent out – more than 20,000 […]

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How many children die due to abuse or neglect?

This briefing looks at what data and statistics are available about child deaths due to abuse or neglect. Official measures are likely to be underestimations of the number of children who die due to abuse or neglect for a number of reasons, including: the legal complexity of proof of homicide misdiagnosed cause of death abuse […]

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Making neuroscience more accessible: childhood trauma, the brain and mental health

Today sees the launch of new resources to help bridge the gap between neuroscience and frontline practice. An animation, guidebook and set of videos about childhood trauma and brain development have been created by University College London (UCL) in a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The resources, which are freely […]

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Toxic stress: the effects of stress on child development

Everyone experiences stress, and learning how to cope with stresses is an important part of child brain development (Shonkoff et al, 2014). Some stress can be ‘positive’, such as solving problems or preparing for an exam. With adult or peer support, these experiences can help children develop coping and concentration skills that will help in […]

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How childhood trauma affects child brain development

Our brains develop from before birth and into adulthood (Siegel and Bryson, 2012). But there are key ‘sensitive periods’ during early childhood and adolescence where children and young people’s brains are more malleable, making them more susceptible to positive or negative experiences (Shonkoff et al, 2008). What happens during a child or young person’s life […]

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Trauma and child brain development training

Who is this course for? This course is designed for anyone who works with children and families, who is looking to inform their practice by learning about child brain development and a trauma-sensitive approach to working with families. It will be particularly useful for anyone involved in supporting families facing adversity and/or children who have […]

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