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CASPAR briefings

Last updated: 07 Jun 2024 Topics: Safeguarding and child protection
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Summaries for key reports, statutory and non-statutory guidance

CASPAR briefings help people working or volunteering with children and young people understand changes to safeguarding and child protection policy and guidance. They also summarise key research and reports from independent bodies such as Ofsted or the Care Inspectorate.

Each briefing outlines the key findings, guidance or updates to guidance to help you comply with the latest statutory requirements or apply new insight to your safeguarding practice.

Latest briefings from 2024

Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2024

A summary of proposed changes introduced by Department for Education (DfE) in England.

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Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel annual report 2022/23

A summary of the Panel’s annual report looking at learning from serious incidents, rapid reviews, local child safeguarding practice reviews, national reviews and thematic analysis in 2022/23.

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Safeguarding children with disabilities and complex health needs in residential settings

A summary of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel’s reports into safeguarding children with disabilities in residential care and the government response to the panel’s recommendations.

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Briefings from 2023

Working together to safeguard children 2023: summary of changes

A summary of the updates and changes made to the statutory safeguarding guidance for England in December 2023.

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Risk, response and review: multi-agency safeguarding

A summary of the thematic analysis of multi-agency safeguarding in Wales, commissioned by the National Independent Safeguarding Board. 

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After-school clubs, community activities and tuition: safeguarding for providers

A summary of the DfE’s non-statutory guidance for providers running out-of-school settings in England.

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Independent review into children’s social care in Northern Ireland

Summary of reflections and recommendations from a review of children’s social care in Northern Ireland.

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) final report: summary and government response

A summary of IICSA’s final report into child sexual abuse and exploitation in England and Wales, with evidence from public hearings, submissions to the ‘Truth Project’, IICSA’s research programme, and government responses to the recommendations made.

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Government plans to reform children's social care in England

Summary of multiple reports setting out the Department for Education’s (DfE's) plans to reform children's social care in England in 2023.

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Previous briefings

Briefings from 2022

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel annual report 2021

Annual overview of learning for practice based on analysis of serious incidents in England in 2021.

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Serious case reviews 1998 to 2019

Summary of the Department for Education’s (DfE's) report covering the history and learning from the periodic overview reviews of serious case reviews (SCRs) from 1998 to 2019.

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Learning for the future: analysis of serious case reviews 2017 to 2019

An overview of key messages from the Department for Education’s (DfE's) analysis of serious case reviews (SCRs) in England between April 2017 and September 2019.

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s (IICSA’s) final report

This CASPAR briefing was updated with the government's response in May 2023.  

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Multi-agency safeguarding and domestic abuse

A summary of the Children Safeguarding Practice Review Panel briefing that sets out key findings and recommendations for practice from a literature review and a thematic analysis of case reviews where domestic abuse featured. 

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Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2022

A summary of changes introduced by Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2022 - Department for Education (DfE) - England

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The national review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - England

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The independent review of children’s social care final report

Children’s social care system in England

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Child sexual exploitation by organised networks investigation report

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) - England and Wales

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2021 briefings

Updates to sexual violence and harassment between children in schools and colleges guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) incorporated their advice on Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges into Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) in June 2022.

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Child sexual exploitation statutory guidance 

Welsh Government - Wales

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National guidance for child protection in Scotland

Scottish Government - Scotland

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Sexual abuse in schools and colleges

Ofsted - England

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Safeguarding children under one from non-accidental injury caused by male carers: "The myth of invisible men" 

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - England

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Annual review of LCSPRs and rapid reviews

University of East Anglia and University of Birmingham - England

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Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel annual report 

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - England

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Review of children’s social care: "The case for change"

Independent review of children's social care - England

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Triennial review of initial case reviews and significant case reviews

Care Inspectorate - Scotland

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2020 briefings

Working together to safeguard children - key provisions introduced in 2018 and updates added in 2020

Department for Education (DfE) - England

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Triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2014-17: "Complexity and challenge"

Department for Education (DfE) - England

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Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI)

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - England

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Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - England

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National child protection inspections thematic report

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) - England and Wales

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Child sexual abuse in the family environment

Ofsted, Care Quality Commission (CQC), HMI Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and HMI Probation (HMIP) - England

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Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel annual report 2018-19

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel - England

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2019 briefings

Wales safeguarding procedures

Wales Safeguarding Procedures Project Board - Wales

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Relationships, health and sex education statutory guidance

Department for Education (DfE) - England

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