1. Sextortion (webcam blackmail)

    6 June, 2018

    Sextortion involves criminals befriending victims online by using a fake identity and then persuading them to perform sexual acts in front of their webcam, often by using an attractive woman to entice the victim to participate. These women may have been coerced into these actions using financial incentives or threats. These webcam videos are recorded […]

  2. Guidance on homeless 16 and 17 year olds published

    29 May, 2018

    New government guidance has been published on the duties of children’s services and housing services to provide accommodation for 16 and 17 year old children who are homeless. The guidance updates the 2010 version, in light of changes in homelessness and children’s legislation. The new guidance highlights the importance of children’s services and housing services […]

  3. Children’s Society Criminal Exploitation Toolkit

    24 May, 2018

    The Children’s Society have developed a toolkit for professionals working with young people affected by criminal exploitation. This toolkit both raises professionals’ awareness of the issue of ‘county lines’, and gives them the necessary skills and information to protect young people from it. Please see the link below: toolkit_criminal_exploitation_and_county_lines  

  4. Mind of My Own App MOMO

    MOMO (Mind of My Own) app is live in Oxfordshire County Council! We try hard to put children and young people at the heart of our work here but every time we make a decision which will affect one of the children or young people we work with, we need to be sure we’ve considered […]

  5. Mental Health Awareness Week 2018: “Stress: Are we coping?”

    17 May, 2018

    This is Mental Health Awareness Week 2018. The Mental Health Foundation have set up a great website that contains resources and ideas on how you can get involved. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week   The OSCB runs training on mental health awareness for professionals working with children and young people. Check out the portal to book. Some upcoming dates are as […]

  6. Child protection records retention and storage guidelines

    1 May, 2018

    The NSPCC has published guidelines on child protection records retention and storage. The guidelines cover the storage of child protection records; retention periods; recording concerns about adult behaviour; disclosure and barring checks; and the destruction of child protection records. Source: NSPCC Child protection records retention and storage guidelines  Date:  29 March 2018  

  7. Disrespect Nobody

    26 April, 2018

    The Home Office has launched the third phase of the Disrespect NoBody campaign which aims to prevent young people aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships. Promotional material for partner organisations is also available for the campaign which runs to the beginning of May 2018. https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/     […]

  8. Home office launches a serious violence strategy – April 2018

    The Home Office have  launched a Serious Violence Strategy, covering new ways to respond to knife crime and gun crime. Home Secretary Amber Rudd set out a multi-million pound commitment to steering young people away from crime and tackling violent drug-dealing gangs. See the press release here.    

  9. Female genital mutilation: information website

    NHS England’s FGM Prevention Programme has launched a website, bringing together in one place the work of NHS England on female genital mutilation (FGM). The website includes information about: commissioning services for women and girls with FGM; service standards for commissioning FGM care for patients under the age of 18; best practice guidance, pathways and […]

  10. Boys in trouble? If you see something, say something!

    22 March, 2018

    In their 2015 report, Hidden in Plain Sight, Barnardo’s revealed a third of the young people referred to them for Child Sexual Exploitation were boys. While awareness campaigns often focus on girls,  young men are also at risk, and perpetrators can be men or women. So, what are the risks of sexual exploitation for boys and young […]