News and Information

These updates include news articles, consultations and training opportunities and are posted on this page on a regular basis. Practitioners are encouraged to read the updates and access the materials/consultation.

Briefing on Safeguarding and the Data Protection Bill

Farrer & Co have published a briefing on a safeguarding amendment (85) to the Data Protection Bill adopted by the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on 13 March 2018.

In summary, it provides for a lawful ground for the processing of special category personal data – without consent if the circumstances justify it – where it is in the substantial public interest, and necessary for the purpose of:

(i)   protecting an individual from neglect or physical, mental or emotional harm; or

(ii)  protecting the physical, mental or emotional well-being of an individual where that individual is a child or an adult at risk.

 NSPCC Helplines Report: Peer Sexual Abuse

This Report shares what young people have told Childline about their experiences of peer sexual abuse.  The report looks at how peer abuse takes place, the impact this has on young people’s lives and the challenges they face in accessing support.   It highlights what they say helps them get back on track after experiencing peer sexual abuse, what support they need and how we as professionals can best prevent peer sexual abuse from happening.

Seriously Awkward

The Children’s Society Seriously Awkward Campaign fights to improve life for vulnerable 16 to 17 year olds.  This is now their third study in which they examine, for the first time, how vulnerable 16 to 17 year olds fare as they move into adulthood.   Of interest to those who work with older adolescents who are progressing into childhood.   More information is available at

Female Genital Mutilation

The National FGM Centre has a wealth of information, knowledge and research on female genital mutilation and has recently issued new guidance for social workers and health practitioners together with a new FGM assessment tool at