CSA Centre Newsletter: October 2020

Responding to child sexual abuse: Learning from children’s services in Wales  

This important new study provides new evidence based on a sample of social care records relating to children in two Welsh local authorities. In addition, two focus groups were undertaken with 10 social workers from the two local authorities.

The study highlights significant issues which we believe have a major impact on current understandings of the scale and nature of abuse, and the way in which services are organised and resources prioritised. Most importantly, they are likely to have a profound impact on the level and quality of support that many sexually abused children receive from local services.

The issues identified are far from unique to Wales, and the findings will be equally relevant to those leading CSA policy and practice in England.

Read the full report and our briefing and recommendations here
Piloting the CSA Practice Leads Programme in adult substance misuse services 

The CSA Centre has developed an intensive training and development programme to create ‘CSA Practice Leads’ and support organisations to build their understanding and confidence in identifying and responding to CSA.

The evaluation of delivery of the programme to professionals working at Change Grow Live, an adult substance misuse service, provided considerable evidence of the programme’s quality and value in enabling staff to take a proactive approach to CSA identification and response.

Read about the programme and full evaluation report here

The CSA Centre is recruiting a Communications and External Affairs Manager 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the friendly, dynamic, multi-disciplinary team at the CSA Centre in a unique role with oversight of the communication and promotion of our work to improve the response to child sexual abuse in England and Wales.

Deadline for applications 22 October 2020

Click here for more details about the role and to submit an application

If you have questions about the role please contact Lisa McCrindle

Invitation To Tender: Evaluation of delivery of a partnership approach to improving responses to child sexual abuse 

We are appointing a consultant or organisation to undertake a small-scale evaluation of the capacity building delivered in collaboration with the London Safeguarding Children Partnership. Through this collaboration we will test delivery of training resources and data improvement support and we will evaluate the impact of implementing this combined offer across three local authority areas simultaneously.
We are seeking individuals or organisations who:

  • Have sound experience and expertise in evaluation, particularly in relation to capacity building to improve services to children;
  • Have proven expertise in writing in an accessible format;
  • Have an understanding of current policy and practice in CSA

The deadline for submissions is Friday 16 October 2020

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