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Working together to cope better : A family’s journey  

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Rachel, 31, is mum to Sam 12, and Jack 7. What happened? Sam was in his first year of high school and was anxious about leaving home in the mornings, so had started to scratch his arms with scissors. He would become angry if things didn't go well at school and was fighting with classmates. At home, Sam sometimes hit Jack and Rachel was nervous about …

NSPCC’s new tool for navigating conversations with children about abuse

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The Troubled Families Programme is founded on a ‘whole family’ approach, with children and young people, together with their parents or carers, working alongside a trusted keyworker. Keyworkers lead plans to promote positive change by referring to local services and coordinating other professionals to support interrelated needs.   More than 400,000 families have been …

Helping children choose the right path in Sandwell

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For children up and down the country, starting high school means growing up, and taking on a whole new world of friends and role models. Unfortunately, not all these influences are good ones.   Police officers in Sandwell, West Midlands, were worried that primary school leavers in their boroughs were at risk from harms linked with local gangs, including exposure to exploitation, knife crime and drugs. …

Reducing parental conflict and alcohol dependency during lockdown

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With families trapped at home during lockdown, and family keyworkers needing to observe social distancing rules, local authority early help teams have been responding to rising levels of parental conflict. This good practice webinar shares some different strategies for supporting families who need help to reduce parental conflict and alcohol dependency.   …