This year we are proud to be celebrating our 40th year and to mark the occasion we will be publishing a series of blogs.
We aim to provoke debate, encourage sharing of knowledge and experience, and inspire innovative thought about the challenges facing child protection professionals and the children and families they serve. In particular, as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, we would like both to reflect on how far we've come as a sector and celebrate the wins achieved, whilst also looking forward to the huge amount of work there is still to do to keep our children and young people safe from harm. What does the next 40 years hold for them and for us, and what needs to happen for us to rise and meet the challenge?
Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity currently faces. Action to reduce fossil fuel usage, exposure to particulate matter and emissions is largely ineffective, and greenhouse gas emissions continue rising. On 14 February 2019, thousands of ‘school children’ in the UK took a courageous stance against adults’ laissez-faire attitudes to climate change by striking and demanding urgent action to stem it.
The safety of children who experience domestic abuse within their families requires specific, evidence based, thoroughly conducted, risk assessment. However, the risk assessments I have read within reports made to the Family Courts have primarily been from the non abusive partner’s perspective. They have assessed the victims’ risk of experiencing harm, rather than including a specific, evidence based, risk assessment with the abusive parent regarding their risk of perpetrating harm.