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Why language matters: in need of attention, not ‘attention seeking’

Type: Why language matters blog

How reframing attention-seeking behaviour as attention needing can prompt professionals to consider children’s unmet needs.

Feb 24 2023

The government’s plans to reform children’s social care in England

Type: News

Find out about the government’s plans to reform children’s social care in England. 

Feb 03 2023

Why language matters: why we should never use ‘child pornography’ and always say child sexual abuse material

Type: Why language matters blog

This blog post looks at the significant impact of using the term 'child sexual abuse material' instead of ‘child pornography’ which diminishes the seriousness of the crime. It is aimed at anyone working in the wider child protection sphere (in any capacity), anyone whose work involves children and young people, as well as those working directly with children and young people. 

Jan 30 2023

Risk assessing online platforms

Type: Blog

How do you make sure online platforms are safe for children and young people? In this blog, an expert from the NSPCC's child safety online solutions lab discusses what you need to consider.

Jan 09 2023

Why language matters: reframing responsibility for accessing services

Type: Why language matters blog

How we label those who need our services can be a barrier to engagement. This blog post explores the issues around the phrase “hard to reach” and discusses how services can increase accessibility.

Dec 05 2022

Why language matters: ‘Sexting’ or ‘sharing nudes’?

Type: Why language matters blog

This blog post explores the words professionals and children use when talking about taking, sending or receiving naked or semi-naked images or videos.

Oct 31 2022

Podcast: Together for Childhood — what we've learnt to help prevent abuse and neglect

Type: Podcast

Discover how the NSPCC's Together for Childhood (TfC) programme works alongside local communities to prevent child abuse and neglect. The discussion draws on practice examples of how TfC has made a difference for local communities.

Oct 24 2022

Why language matters: 'hidden' in plain sight

Type: Why language matters blog

This 'why language matters' blog post explores how key men in a child’s life can be overlooked by professionals. It discusses how the phrase 'hidden men' is unhelpful and these men should rather be 'unseen'.

Sept 26 2022

Podcast: researching mental health support for adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse

Type: Podcast

Learn about new research from the Safer Young Lives Research Centre (SYLRC) covering how to best support adolescent mental health and wellbeing after sexual abuse.

Sept 05 2022

Harmful sexual behaviour: labelling actions, not children

Type: Why language matters blog

The language we use when talking about harmful sexual behaviour can impact professionals' perceptions and how children see themselves. This "why language matters" blog discusses how changing words can help improve outcomes. 

Aug 22 2022