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Welcome to the NSPCC Learning Podcast - a series of episodes that cover a range of child protection issues to inform, create debate and tell you about the work we do to keep children safe. At the heart of every episode is the child’s voice and how what they tell us informs the work we do. If you are looking for more safeguarding and child protection training, information and resources, please visit our NSPCC Learning website. Intro/outro music is Lights by Sappheiros [http://goo.gl/YmnOAx]

Episode Date
51: Researching mental health support for adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse
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In this episode, we hear from Dr Helen Beckett and Dr Debbie Allnock, two researchers from the Safer Young Lives Research Centre (SYLRC), who worked on a study looking at adolescents’ experiences of sexual abuse and how this has affected their mental health and wellbeing. 

The discussion covers the purpose of the study, the importance of listening to and learning from young people, and the ‘six pillars’ of an effective response to adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse.
Sep 05, 2022
50: Sibling sexual abuse
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Listen to Katy Tomkinson and Rowan Wolfe who work on our harmful sexual behaviour service talk about the effects of sibling sexual abuse on children and families; how to provide whole-family support; the impact of family dynamics and contributing factors to harmful sexual behaviour being displayed.

This episode touches on our practitioners’ experiences of working directly with children and families. Although all experiences are generalised, they could be upsetting for some, and may cause distress.
 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jun 06, 2022
49: Understanding denial in children displaying harmful sexual behaviour
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Katy Tomkinson and Rowan Wolfe, who work on our HSB service, talk about: what denial might look like; using therapeutic and trauma-informed approaches in your practice; exploring children’s lived experiences and feelings; how to get children and young people to open up and build trust.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Feb 28, 2022
48: An interview with the NSPCC Helpline’s Domestic Abuse Practice Advisors
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The NSPCC recently secured funding from the COVID-19 Support Fund to launch a three-year domestic abuse project and extend the capacity of the NSPCC Helpline to support contacts who have experienced domestic abuse. In this episode, the NSPCC’s two new Domestic Abuse Practice Advisors, Lisa Begley and Naomi Hawthorne, speak about the risk factors and indicators of domestic abuse, and their work in ensuring all NSPCC Helpline staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to support domestic abuse survivors.

The discussion covers: 
  • how callers to the Helpline are provided with holistic support
  • how witnessing domestic abuse can affect children and young people
  • how helpline practitioners are trained to safeguard children and young people from any further emotional harm.
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jan 31, 2022
47: Why child neglect can happen and how to respond to it
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This episode focuses on why child neglect happens, what can be done to support families when there is neglect, and how it’s vital to keep children at the forefront of any responses to neglect.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Dec 06, 2021
46: What is child neglect and how to spot the signs
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Listen to the episode to learn about what neglect is, why it can be challenging to conduct assessments around neglect, why neglect happens and what can be done to help families when neglect takes place.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Dec 06, 2021
45: Understanding technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSB)
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You’ll learn about the prevalence and different forms of TA-HSB, the NSPCC’s research into this area and what help is available for professionals working with children and young people.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Nov 29, 2021
44: Planning therapeutic sessions for children displaying harmful sexual behaviour
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Continuing on from episode 43, Katy and Rowan discuss helpful ideas you can use in your work to talk about difficult topics and explore harmful sexual behaviour.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Nov 22, 2021
43: Direct work with children displaying harmful sexual behaviour
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Hear NSPCC practitioners talk about conducting therapeutic sessions with children and young people and understanding how to manage incidents of harmful sexual behaviour.

This episode touches on our practitioners’ experiences of working directly with children and families. Although all experiences are generalised, they could be upsetting for some, and may cause distress.
 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Nov 15, 2021
42: Black girls’ experiences of sexual abuse
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View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Sep 27, 2021
41: Understanding intersectionality in social work practice
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Listen to the episode to find out about why intersectional thinking is important in safeguarding, the impact of not taking an intersectional approach and why applying this approach to your practice can be helpful when working with children and young people.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Aug 23, 2021
40: Recognising domestic abuse as a child protection issue
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Gain an insight into the dynamics of domestic abuse, the effects it can have on children and young people and learn about how you can improve your practice to reduce risks to children.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.

Supported by the COVID-19 Support Fund
Jul 26, 2021
39: Building children and young people’s digital resilience
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We invited practitioners from our InCtrl service, a preventative group-work programme, to talk about creating safer online experiences, building digital resilience and encouraging positive behaviour online.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Feb 22, 2021
38: Involving volunteers in delivering services for vulnerable families
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In this episode, we’re joined by the authors of our commissioned review, Dr. Louca-Mai Brady and Berni Graham, as well as Georgia Hyde-Dryden from the NSPCC. You’ll hear them discuss the key findings and best practices identified from the literature review, including what services volunteers provided to families, challenges and issues that need to be considered and how this will inform the NSPCC’s future opportunities. 
 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jan 25, 2021
37: What have we learnt during COVID-19?
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In this episode, we reflect on the past nine months with our CEO, Peter Wanless, discussing the issues and challenges children and young people are facing; what child protection and safeguarding themes have emerged; delivering services for children and families remotely.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Dec 11, 2020
35: Giving birth during a pandemic: what parents experienced and how we’re helping
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Find out about how we engaged with families during the COVID-19 pandemic, what we learnt during this period, the challenges and benefits of delivering a virtual service to pregnant women and how we created a strong community ethos across all our Baby Steps sites.
 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Nov 30, 2020
36: Bonus episode: what research tells us about our Baby Steps service
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Listen to the episode to hear key learning from the research and how it’ll help develop practice; why we’ve adapted our service delivery models; what families, practitioners, facilitators and external partners think about the changes; and how the voice of the child was captured. 
 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Nov 30, 2020
34: How we’re delivering our Schools Service during the pandemic
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In order to continue to reach every child during the pandemic, we’ve worked hard to launch an online version of the programme that can be used in the classroom. What does this change mean for schools?

This episode features Karen Squillino, the head of the NSPCC’s Schools Service and Sally McDawn, an area coordinator at the NSPCC.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Oct 19, 2020
33: Children never just witness domestic abuse
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To mark DART’s ten-year anniversary, we invited some of the team involved in delivering the service, including one of our scale-up partners, My Sister’s House Women’s Centre, to talk about the impact it’s had on children and families they’ve worked with.

This episode features Claire Burns, an Implementation Manager at the NSPCC, Mel Hughson, a Children’s Services Practitioner at the NSPCC and Natalie Everson, a DART Programme Co-ordinator from My Sister’s House Women’s Centre.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Sep 28, 2020
32: Safeguarding advice for tutors
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Listen to our episode to find out about the biggest safeguarding challenges tutors face, the impact of the pandemic, lockdown and social distancing on tutoring and more. 
 
This episode features John Nichols and Sarah Gordon who are members of The Tutors’ Association (TTA).
 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Aug 24, 2020
31: Living through a pandemic: what children told us
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If you’re someone who works or volunteers with children and young people, this episode will provide you with an insight into some of the struggles and problems young people have expressed during and after lockdown.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jul 27, 2020
30: Children’s services, social distancing and COVID-19
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We talk to Dannie Adcock-Habib, a Children’s Services Practitioner at the NSPCC’s Grimsby Service Centre about the pressures of the lockdown, the long-term impact of the pandemic and more. Tune in to listen to the full discussion.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jun 29, 2020
29: Uncovering the reality of the pandemic on schools
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In the penultimate episode of our coronavirus series, we speak to Shirley Dunn, a form tutor and head of department at a secondary school about measures her school has taken to safeguard children and young people as lockdown progressed.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jun 22, 2020
28: Coronavirus special: a new ‘normal’ for schools
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This episode features Kay Joel, a Senior Education Consultant at the NSPCC who talks about the current situation and provides an insight into the enquiries we have received in recent weeks.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jun 15, 2020
27: Antenatal and postnatal care during coronavirus (COVID-19)
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This episode features:
 
  • Dr. Jo Black - consultant perinatal psychiatrist
  • Penny Dougan - health visitor
  • Dr. Alain Gregoire - chair of Maternal Mental Health Alliance UK
  • Eileen O’Sullivan - a specialist health visitor in parent and infant mental health
  • Claire Spencer - midwife in London 
  • Katie Worley - a health visiting and school nursing service manager.
 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jun 08, 2020
26: The invisible voice of children under two
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Hear how social workers and practitioners can monitor risks and ensure the safety of infants under two to prevent these from becoming child safeguarding practice reviews.

This episode features:
 
  • Rachel Anslow, social worker at the NSPCC
  • Wendy Noctor, Safeguarding Manager for the NSPCC’s Safeguarding Unit
  • Liana Sanzone, social worker for the NSPCC’s London Infant and Family Team (LIFT)
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.

Mar 09, 2020
25: Preventing harmful sexual behaviour in education
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In this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • delivering PSHE education programmes and relationships and sex education (RSE) 
  • providing the right support for young people in educational settings, the wider community or online 
  • what you can do to help staff in dealing with peer-on-peer sexualised behaviour and peer-on-peer abuse
  • how you can support parents and carers in creating safer environments for their children 
  • the importance of working collaboratively with external services such as the police or children’s services. 
This episode features:
 
  • Pat Branigan, the NSPCC’s Development and Impact Manager for Children’s Services and lead on harmful sexual behaviour
  • Antoinette Jackson, a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at a Secondary Provision
  • Dave Jenkins, a Vice Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) at a secondary school
  • Katy Tomkinson, a qualified social worker for the NSPCC
The NPSCC would like to thank Academy Transformation Trust and Ormiston Academies Trust for sharing their expertise and helping us develop our series on harmful sexual behaviour.

We’ll be releasing episodes on a monthly basis starting from March, so subscribe to our podcast via Apple Podcasts and Spotify to stay up-to-date.
 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Feb 10, 2020
24: Assessing sexualised behaviour
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In this episode, our guest speakers discuss:
 
  • how assessments such as the AIM assessment are used to determine levels of risk and where they should be applied
  • why it’s important to integrate responses to sexualised behaviour into your wider policies and overarching strategy
  • how to address serious harmful behaviours and when a referral should be made to a service for an assessment 
  • what actions to take when lower level behaviour concerns are displayed and how to minimise risks going forward.
  • why it’s vital to keep your professional knowledge and training up-to-date. 
This episode features:
 
  • Sarah Bloomer, the Director of Safeguarding for Academy Transformation Trust
  • Pat Branigan, the NSPCC’s Development and Impact Manager for Children’s Services and lead on harmful sexual behaviour
  • Nicole Rossage, an experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead working within the education sector
  • Katy Tomkinson, a qualified social worker for the NSPCC
The NPSCC would like to thank Academy Transformation Trust and Ormiston Academies Trust for sharing their expertise and helping us develop our series on harmful sexual behaviour.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jan 27, 2020
23: Harmful sexual behaviour in schools
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Our episode will help you to understand:
 
  • the issues schools, colleges and academies are currently seeing and why there’s an increase in sexualised behaviour in young people
  • what healthy, problematic and harmful behaviours are and how you can respond appropriately 
  • how children and young people are affected, including those who display sexualised behaviour 
  • what you can do to balance needs so that safeguarding is prioritised without affecting education.
This episode features:
 
  • Fiona Barber, Children’s Service Practitioner at the National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS)
  • Pat Branigan, the NSPCC’s Development and Impact Manager for Children’s Services and lead on harmful sexual behaviour
  • Lucy Dawes and Jacqui Ferris, Assistant Principals at Ormiston Academy Trust and Academy Transformation Trust
The NPSCC would like to thank Academy Transformation Trust and Ormiston Academies Trust for sharing their expertise and helping us develop our series on harmful sexual behaviour.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
 
Reference
Hackett, S. (2014) Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours. London: Research in Practice. 
Jan 13, 2020
22: Supporting young people with learning disabilities
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Listen to our episode to find out:
 
  • why and how the films and resources were developed
  • how the resources can be delivered 
  • the benefits these resources provide for young people with learning disabilities 
This episode features:
 
  • Helen Westerman - joint acting Head of Safeguarding in Communities at the NSPCC
  • Elanor Stannage - theatre practitioner, director, writer, and producer for projects around mental health and learning difficulties
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.

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Dec 09, 2019
21: Steps to Safety programme
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Listen to this week’s episode to learn about:
 
  • the Steps to Safety programme, including the research behind the service and its development process
  • what the outcomes were from the feasibility study and what we learnt from the service
  • how practitioners assessed parents, delivered sessions and modules and used Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) 
  • the challenges practitioners encountered whilst implementing the pilot programme 
  • how children’s voices were considered at each stage to ensure the service was delivered safely.
Download the report on the feasibility study here.

This episode features the following individuals from the NSPCC: 

  • Host – Helen Munn, Head of Online Learning
  • Nicola McConnell, Senior Evaluation Officer
  • Roberta Neill, Children’s Services Practitioner
  • Paula Telford, Development and Impact Manager
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Nov 25, 2019
20: Protecting disabled children from sexual abuse
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Joining us for this episode, Sarah discusses:
 
  • our report findings including the key issues for parents and carers
  • the need for accessible relationships and sex education for children and young people with disabilities
  • how parents and carers can work with schools to provide children with consistent messages around relationships and sex education
  • involving children, young people and their parents and carers in the development of services and approaches to preventing sexual abuse

 This episode features: 

  • Host - Ali Brown, the NSPCC’s Knowledge Transfer Manager
  • Sarah Goff, Safeguarding Disabled Children Services Manager for the Ann Craft Trust 
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Nov 11, 2019
19: What is the Underwear Rule?
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Tune into our episode for more about:

  • the impact PANTS has had since it launched in 2012
  • having conversations around PANTS and embedding the messages into daily life
  • how local safeguarding boards, parents, schools and local communities are helping to raise awareness of the campaign
  • what children have said about the PANTS campaign and future developments to materials and resources.
This episode features: 

  • Host - Ali Brown, the NSPCC’s Knowledge Transfer Manager
  • Ally Sultana, Local Campaigns Manager for the NSPCC (East and West Midlands)
Oct 28, 2019
18: Together for Childhood in Stoke
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In this episode, we speak to Leila Canay, one of Stoke’s Children Services Practitioners about: 

  • what evaluation activities are currently being run in Stoke 
  • how the initiative has invited change and developed over time working with the community and partners
  • establishing professional and community partnerships, including embracing collaboration and co-creation
  • how young people can be involved in influencing and informing Together for Childhood in their local area. 

This episode features: 
 
  • Host – Ali Brown, the NSPCC’s Knowledge Transfer Manager
  • Leila Canay, Children’s Services Practitioner at the NSPCC’s Stoke Service Centre/Community Engagement Officer for Together for Childhood in Stoke
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Oct 14, 2019
17: Charity trustees’ responsibilities
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In this episode, our contributors discuss:

  • the role and responsibilities of a charity trustee
  • the key to good governance in a charity
  • the importance of complying with legislation and guidance around keeping children safe 
  • top tips to ensure charity trustees and managers are working well and playing an active role in safeguarding.  

This episode features:

  • Host – Chris Cloke, former Head of Safeguarding in Communities at the NSPCC
  • Cate Meredith, Senior Consultant for NSPCC’s Safeguarding in Communities team
  • Kathy Evans, CEO of Children England  

This series was carried out as part a partnership led by NCVO, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Fund within the Safeguarding Training Fund programme.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Sep 30, 2019
16: Safeguarding in faith-based communities
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We are almost reaching the end of our series on safeguarding children and young people within local communities. Tune into this week’s episode to find out more about:

  • the role faith-based communities and groups have in children and young people’s lives
  • why it’s essential groups and communities understand their safeguarding responsibilities
  • how to address safeguarding challenges and develop a safeguarding culture that works alongside cultural beliefs, values and customs
  • the importance in listening to children and young people and ensuring children always feel listened to.
Our contributors:

  • Host – Cate Meredith, Senior Consultant for NSPCC’s Safeguarding in Communities team
  • Shirley Maginley, Senior Consultant for NSPCC’s Safeguarding in Communities team (Faith and Minority Ethnic Communities) 
  • Mike Williams, Senior Evaluation Officer for NSPCC’s Evidence team 
These episodes were produced as part of a partnership led by NCVO, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Fund within the Safeguarding Training Fund programme.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Sep 16, 2019
15: Schools’ role in safeguarding overview
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You’ll learn about:

  • good safeguarding practices for schools
  • the barriers children can face when talking about their experiences of abuse
  • managing relationships with parents 
  • supporting students and staff and promoting positive mental health  
  • how to work with other organisations and statutory services in the community to ensure pupils feel safe and supported.
Contributors to this episode are:

  • Host – Ali Brown, Knowledge Transfer Manager at the NSPCC
  • Kay Joel, Senior Education Consultant at the NSPCC
  • Helen, the parent of a primary school child
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Sep 08, 2019
14: Enhancing online safety for children overview
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Our host Chris Cloke and Gawain Griffiths, a Website Supervisor for the NSPCC discuss:

  • how to run online services safely and manage an online presence effectively adopting professional and personal life boundaries online, particularly, with social media and email accounts
  • the impact of bullying and how to prevent it online and respond appropriately 
  • who organisations can go to for resources, guidelines, templates and support
  • what children and young people tell Childline about keeping safe online.
These episodes were produced as part of a partnership led by NCVO, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Fund within the Safeguarding Training Fund programme.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Sep 02, 2019
13: Safeguarding adults and children
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Through this episode, you’ll find out more about:
 
  • the similarities, differences and challenges in safeguarding adults and children 
  • how organisations working with mixed-age groups can safeguard children and adults in their care
  • the importance of separate policies and procedures for adults and children
  • safer recruitment and changing organisational culture so that safeguarding is a priority
  • the support and resources available to mixed-age group organisations.
This episode features:
 
  • Host – Chris Cloke, former Head of Safeguarding in Communities at the NSPCC
  • Sarah Stanley, Education and Development Co-ordinator for Brass Bands England
  • Lisa Curtis, Safeguarding Adults at Risk Manager for the Ann Craft Trust 
These episodes were produced as part of a partnership led by NCVO, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Fund within the Safeguarding Training Fund programme.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Aug 19, 2019
12: Nominated child protection lead overview
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This summer, we are releasing a compilation of episodes on key topics related to safeguarding children and young people within your community.  

Learn more about:

  • building a safer culture in your organisation
  • how to deal with and respond to concerns about a young person or adult
  • making the nominated lead role visible to children, staff and parents so they know who to go to for support
  • training and development needs, including supervision and support for nominated leads
  • the importance of establishing multi-agency relationships.
Those who have contributed to this episode are: 

  • Host – Helen Munn, Head of Online Learning at the NSPCC
  • Cate Meredith, Senior Consultant for NSPCC’s Safeguarding in Communities team
  • Trupti Kavia, Head of Family Services and Child Protection Lead at Home-Start in Barnet, Brent, Enfield and Harrow. 

These episodes were produced as part of a partnership led by NCVO, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Fund within the Safeguarding Training Fund programme.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Aug 05, 2019
11: Introduction to safeguarding overview
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In this episode, we focus on:

  • advice, tips and guidance on safeguarding to get you started
  • common challenges organisations face when addressing safeguarding issues
  • bringing organisations up to speed with current legislation
  • the need for organisations to tailor policies and procedures
  • keeping communication channels open between children and organisations.
Those who have contributed to this episode are: 
 
  • Host - Chris Cloke, previous Head of Safeguarding in Communities at the NSPCC
  • Cate Meredith, Senior Consultant for NSPCC’s Safeguarding in Communities team
  • Heidi Bradley, Club Support Manager for England Athletics and Ambassador for Brass Bands England on Safeguarding 
These podcasts were produced as part of a partnership led by NCVO, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Fund within the Safeguarding Training Fund programme.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Jul 22, 2019
10: How safe are our children? report overview
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The lead author of the report, Holly Bentley, a Senior Information Specialist at the NSPCC speaks about: 

  • why we chose to focus on online safety and online abuse this year
  • where we sourced the data from 
  • how we collaborated with experts who have an insight into the world of online safety
  • the key findings and main conclusions drawn from the report 
  • how our surveys gave children a safe space to talk about their experiences.
Listen to the podcast to find out more about our How safe? 2019 report.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.

Jul 08, 2019
9: Military families overview
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Tune into the podcast to listen to our experts discuss:

  • what professionals should consider when working with military families
  • how the child’s voice was incorporated into our evaluation activities
  • safeguarding and child protection issues faced by military-connected children
  • parental resilience, social connections and emotional development
  • key findings and recommendations from our service evaluation report.
View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Jun 24, 2019
8: Safer recruitment in education overview
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This episode features two of our Senior Consultants at the NSPCC, Donya Pourzand and Craig Keady, who discuss the importance of safer recruitment in educational institutions. 

They explore:  

  • how schools, colleges and academies can recruit safely 
  • what can go wrong when a safer recruitment process isn’t followed 
  • examples of high-level profile cases that have put education in the spotlight for the wrong reasons
  • the common errors made by educational institutions during recruitment processes
  • why training is key to bringing safer recruitment statutory guidance to life
  • the importance of including the child’s voice in recruitment. 
 Start listening to the podcast now.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Jun 10, 2019
7: Anti-bullying in schools overview
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We talk to the NSPCC’s Senior Educational Consultant, Kay Joel, about the following:

  • the importance of having anti-bullying policies and procedures 
  • why schools need an anti-bullying ethos approach
  • how policies and procedures have changed over the years
  • what makes an effective anti-bullying policy and procedure
  • where to go for further tips and advice on bullying.
Click play to listen to the podcast now.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
May 28, 2019
6: Speak out Stay safe overview
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Speak out Stay safe is our free safeguarding service that we’ve been running in primary schools since 2011. The programme is delivered by specially trained staff and volunteers with the help of our Speak out Stay Safe mascot, Buddy the speech bubble. Pupils are taught in a lively, memorable and child-friendly way.

Joining us in this podcast, we have Rose Bray, NSPCC’s Reach Development Project Manager for the NSPCC’s Schools Service, Karen Squillino who leads on our direct work with schools, and Katie, a parent whose son has taken part in the programme.

This podcast explores: 

  • the scale of the programme and its delivery in schools 
  • a real life example of how the service has benefitted a parent and their child
  • how the child’s voice is kept at centre of the programme
  • challenges around reaching and accessing schools
  • next steps for the Speak out Stay safe service. 
Click the play button to listen to the podcast now.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
May 13, 2019
5: Perinatal mental health overview
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The NSPCC runs two services that support parents with their mental health, Pregnancy in Mind (PiM) and Baby Steps. In our fifth podcast, we speak with Louise Harrington, Development and Impact Manager and Victoria Joel (Tori), Implementation Manager about preventative mental health services and perinatal educational programmes. 
 
Find out why parents might be referred to these types of services, how they engage with families to provide the right support and what provisions are currently available to parents outside of the NSPCC.
 
We end the podcast with a discussion about how the child is kept at the centre of the programmes and how this is managed in cases where babies are yet to be born.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Apr 29, 2019
4: The Lighthouse overview
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The Lighthouse is a multi-agency service for children and young people in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington who have experienced any form of sexual abuse, including exploitation. At The Lighthouse, the child is at the centre, to make sure they have a safe place to recover at their own pace and rebuild their lives. The Lighthouse (Child House) is led by University College London Hospitals in partnership with NSPCC and Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and will be piloted for two years.

In this podcast episode Ali is joined by two members of the Lighthouse team: Emma Harewood, Service Manager and Deborah Hodes, Community Paediatrician and Health Lead, along with Jon Brown, Head of Development and Impact at the NSPCC.

Emma, Deborah and Jon provide an insight into how The Lighthouse was established, discussing how the NSPCC along with four core funders (the Home Office, NHS England, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Department for Education) helped shape it to become the first service of its kind in the UK.

We hear about the range of services children can access under one roof from therapeutic and medical services to support with police investigations, the court system and counselling for them and their family. They also talk about how children are consulted at every step as well as the future plans for The Lighthouse service.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website
Apr 23, 2019
3: Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) overview
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In this podcast episode Ali talks to four members of the team: Mandy John-Baptiste, Service head of CTAC, Martina Murray, Assistant team manager, and Charlotte Jamieson and Sylvia Vuong who are social workers.
 
Mandy, Martina, Charlotte and Sylvia provide us with an overview of CTAC's work and explain why children and young people are trafficked and the ways in which they are exploited. They also discuss the “tricks” child traffickers employ to control and isolate children and young people and what professionals should do if they suspect a child might have been trafficked.
 
We also hear about the child’s voice and the part this plays in shaping the essential service CTAC provides.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Apr 08, 2019
2: Protect and Respect - The NSPCC's CSE service
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In this podcast episode, Ali talks to four members of the Protect and Respect team: Holly Gordon, Impact and Development Manager, Laura Gaffor and Amy Stelfox, Child Service Practitioners and Mike Williams, Senior Evaluation Officer.

Holly, Laura, Amy and Mike discuss the Protect and Respect service, which offers two types of support: awareness raising group work and a support and protection service. They talk about the issues surrounding CSE and how best to work with children and young people who have been or are at risk of exploitation.

They also discuss the findings of a recent evaluation of Protect and Respect and how the insight from the service evaluation, research and the voices of practitioners, children and young people has been used to make improvements to the service delivery.

View the podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.

Mar 27, 2019
1: Together for Childhood overview
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In this podcast episode, we speak to Jon Brown, the NSPCC's Head of Development and Impact. Jon gives us an overview of Together for Childhood, which is being developed in four sites: Glasgow, Grimsby, Plymouth and Stoke. He talks about the collaborations and co-developments between voluntary, statutory and community sectors, how the programme is helping develop current and new NSPCC services and how it is being funded, evaluated and rolled out.

We'll be visiting the four sites in future episodes to talk more in depth about the work they are doing.

View podcast transcript on the NSPCC Learning website.
Mar 15, 2019