Cathie O'Brien  

  Gestalt Psychotherapy, OD Consultancy, Supervision, Coaching, and Training 



  • Support for young people leaving care

    The Department for Education has published a strategy for improving services, support and advice for care leavers. This describes how the state will support care leavers to: be better prepared and supported to live independently; have improved access to education, training and employment; experience stability and feel safe and secure; have improved access to health support including mental health support; achieve financial stability.

    Source: DfE Date: 07 July 2016

    Further information: Keep on caring: supporting young people from care to independence (PDF)

  • Pokémon GO

    The NSPCC has published a parent’s guide to keeping children safe on  Pokémon Go. It has also written an open letter to Nintendo regarding child safety concerns surrounding the new app.

    Source: NSPCC  Date: 13 July 2016

    Further information:  NSPCC

  • Deprivation of children's liberty

    Community Care offers practitioners guidance on legal considerations in relation to cases where a child may be deprived of liberty.

    Source: Community Care  Date: 14 July 2016

  • Children at home alone during the summer holidays The NSPCC reports that between July and September 2015, its helpline received 453 calls and emails from adults concerned about children being left unattended. The ChildLine service also delivered 273 counselling sessions to children and young people who were worried about being left home alone. Advice is offered  to parents who are deciding in which situations they may leave their children home alone.  Source: NSPCC  Date: 20 July 2016

Further information: Home alone guide

  • Harmful sexual behaviour framework The NSPCC with Research in Practice has published an operational framework to help local areas respond to children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour. This aims to deliver clear policies and procedures and refresh local practice guidelines and assessment tools, and its production has involved a large number of national organisations and subject experts.  Source: NSPCC  Date: 25 July 2016

Further information:

Harmful sexual behaviour framework (PDF) 

Harmful sexual behaviour framework audit tool (PDF)

  • MindEd for Families: A free e-learning resource developed as part of the MindEd project to enable parents and families to intervene earlier in their children and young people’s mental health issues. 
     MindEd for families
  • MindEd: is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults. Mind Ed   
  • Drugs and Alcohol Misuse: Early Break has launched a new microsite with resources to raise young people’s awareness of drug and alcohol misuse. Information includes: relevant legislation; information about specific drugs; harm reduction; self-help leaflets.
    Source: Early Break  23 March 2016

Further information:
   Don't be a Zombie  23 March 2016

  • A Guide for Coping with Self Harm in young people for parents and carers:

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford has published a guide for parents on coping with their child's self-harm which is based on their in-depth research with parents.Coping with self harm: a guide for parents and carers (PDF)

  • Keeping Children Safe Online:

The government has announced a package  of measures to help keep children safe online. These include: a UKCiSS guide to help  parents keep their children safe online; updated content on CEOP's Thinkuknow website; and new industry-led initiatives to help children be safe online. 

Further information:
Child online safety: a practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media (PDF)

Child safety online: a practical guide for providers of social media and interactive services (PDF)


Google's Internet Legends tour

NSPCC's Keeping children safe online course

  • Keeping Children Safe Online:

The Department for Education is consulting on measures to keep children safe at home and online. They include: appropriate filters and monitoring so that children cannot access harmful content via the school's IT systems and concerns are spotted quickly. Consultation closes on 16 February 2016.

Keeping children safe in education: proposed changes

  • Coercive or Controlling Relationships:

Talking to young people about healthy relationships: The Guardian reports that coercive or controlling domestic abuse (even if it stops short of physical violence) has become a crime punishable by up to five years in prison under section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015 which came into force on 29 December 2015.

Further information:
 Women's Aid: Controlling behaviour in relationships: talking to young people about healthy relationships (PDF)

Statutory guidance framework: controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship

  •  Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying:

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has published new resources for school staff to use to tackle the homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying of disabled young people and those with special educational needs.

Further information:
Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (PDF)

  • Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

An article in Guardian Social Care warns that a lack of support and knowledge about foetal alcohol spectrum disorder leaves foster carers, adopters and social workers unsure of how to respond to the issue. Source: Guardian  09 February 2016

  • Tackling Bullying through group work with Horses:

The BBC reports on a project, Operation Centaur, aimed at tackling bullying through group work involving horses:  

Source:BBC News30 November 2015

  • Sexual Exploitation: Health Education England has produced a video aimed at helping health and social care professionals to spot possible signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE). This shows a range of health professionals in a variety of settings interacting with a vulnerable young person presenting with the warning signs of someone at risk of child sexual exploitation.

Spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation video

  • Infant mental health:

 Clair Rees of the Parent Infant Partnership UK (PIPUK) blogs about infant mental health and the possible early warning signs of depression in a baby.

Source: PIPUK 19 February 2016

  • Attachment Theory Quick Guide:

 An article on the Guardian Social Care Network provides a quick guide to attachment theory for practitioners working with children and families.

Source : Guardian   15 February 2016

  • Factsheets for Children in Care and care Leavers: The Who Cares? Trust has published three new factsheets for young people in care and care leavers. They focus on: financial support for care leavers; different children's services professionals who children in care may meet; and how to get the most out of a pathway plan.

Further information:
All about the money (PDF)

The name game (PDF)

Pathway to success (PDF)