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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

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

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

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

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

Digging deeper than 'did not attend': the importance of considering why a child was not brought to an appointment

Type: Why language matters blog

The first in a series of blogs on improving safeguarding practice with words, this article looks at how recording children’s missed health care appointments as "was not brought" instead of "did not attend" can have a significant impact on the wellbeing of children.

Jul 11 2022
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