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Islington Council praised for trauma informed practice

A joint inspection by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has praised the London boroughs investment to provide professionals better understanding and sensitivity to child sexual abuse.

The approach looks to ensure that the child’s views are central to the support provided with practitioners being equipped with skills that encourage the building of effective relationships with children and their families helping to detect abuse and supporting the achievement of best outcomes for children.

The new "trauma-informed training  has so far been provided to 11 schools across Islington with a further eight due to complete the programme in 2019.

The report states: "Staff report to inspectors that this training has been transformational to the culture in schools, for example by providing a safe space for children to disclose abuse and helping teachers to be professionally curious".

The roll out of the programme is part of a 10 year strategy to improve early help support.