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Q & A – How to stop a grandparent harassing grown up grandchild?

If a grandparent is harassing a grown-up grandchild, it can be a difficult and distressing situation for everyone involved. Harassment is a serious issue and can have long-lasting effects on the mental health and well-being of the victim.

If you or someone you know is being harassed by a grandparent, there are a number of steps that can be taken to stop the harassment and protect the victim. These include:

  1. Speaking to the grandparent: If you feel safe to do so, you may want to try speaking to the grandparent and explaining how their behavior is making you feel. This can sometimes be enough to stop the harassment, especially if the grandparent is unaware of the impact of their actions.
  2. Setting boundaries: It may be necessary to set clear boundaries with the grandparent, such as limiting contact or cutting off contact altogether. It is important to communicate these boundaries clearly and firmly, and to enforce them consistently.
  3. Seeking a Non-Molestation Order: If the harassment continues despite setting boundaries, you may want to consider seeking a Non-Molestation Order from the court. This is a court order that prohibits the grandparent from contacting or harassing you in any way.
  4. Contacting the police: If the harassment is severe or threatening, you should contact the police immediately. They can take steps to protect you and may be able to pursue criminal charges against the grandparent.

It is important to prioritize your safety and well-being in this situation, and to seek support from friends, family, or a professional if needed. A solicitor or family law specialist can provide advice and guidance on the legal options available to you, and can help you take steps to protect yourself from harassment.


Earlier face-to-face health visits – NSPCC

The NSPCC has published a news story on the role of face-to-face health visits in identifying early safeguarding concerns and providing support to new parents. The news story reports that in 2021/22, 83% of families received their first health visit within 14 days compared to 88% in the previous year. The NSPCC are calling for health visitors to be a key focus of the Government’s NHS workforce plan in 2023.


Every child is worth fighting for

We have an important responsibility as the NSPCC to rally people together and make the biggest impact we can to stop child abuse and neglect

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NSPCC Case reviews published in 2021

A list of the executive summaries or full overview reports of serious case reviews, significant case reviews or multi-agency child practice reviews published in 2021. To find all published case reviews search the national repository.


Child mental health

Abuse and neglect

The traumatic impact of abuse and neglect increases the likelihood of children developing a range of mental health issues – both during childhood and in later life. These include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Norman et al, 2012; Spatz Widom, 1999).

Specific types of abuse may be connected to certain mental health issues. Children who have experienced emotional abuse may be more likely to develop anxiety and depression compared with children who have experienced other types of abuse (Cecil et al, 2017; Gavin 2011). One study found that almost three quarters (74%) of young people who had experienced sexual assault developed PTSD (Lewis et al, 2019).

Abuse and neglect can also make children more vulnerable to developing more than one mental health condition at one time (known as composite mental health issues) (Chandan et al, 2019).

Providing effective mental health support for children who have experienced abuse and neglect can help them recover from its effects (NSPCC, 2019b).


Making neuroscience more accessible: childhood trauma, the brain and mental health

Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, UCL

What the research tells us

Over the last decade, scientists have been documenting changes to children’s threat, memory and emotion regulation systems brought about by their experience of abuse and neglect.

Research has shown us that changes to the brain associated with mental health vulnerability can be measured before a child shows a diagnosable problem.

Ongoing research

In 2017 the NSPCC and the ESRC also awarded four research grants, one of which went to a longitudinal brain imaging study led by Professor Eamon McCrory at UCL.

Now in its third year, the study is looking at how childhood maltreatment affects the way children process reward.

The brain’s reward system helps us learn about positive aspects of our environment, motivates behaviour, and guides decision-making. We know that a range of mental health problems, in particular depression, are associated with irregular reward processing.

How the study will help

By learning more about how reward is affected by abuse and neglect, and how to measure those changes, we will be in a better position to develop preventative help to reduce the likelihood of mental health problems emerging.

The ongoing research aims to develop reliable tasks for an early screening tool to predict vulnerability to later mental health problems.

Initial data from the study is being analysed and UCL hope to publish their first studies by the end of the year.

Using research to benefit children

With the Childhood Trauma and the Brain resources, UCL are making neuroscience research more accessible.

Building a bridge between neuroscience and practice will mean everyone – social workers, parents and carers, teachers and researchers – working together to develop better, more effective and evidence-based models of preventative help for children.

“As a neuroscientist and clinician, I have seen first-hand how hard it can be for frontline carers and professionals to access accurate and up-to-date information from neuroscience research on abuse and neglect. This seems a great shame given the painstaking work being undertaken by many research groups across the world. Much of the valuable knowledge they produce often ends up locked away in scientific journals.”


Celebrating 20 years of CASPAR

This week, we’re celebrating twenty years of CASPAR, our free weekly email alert containing all the developments in child protection policy, research, practice and guidance.

Since its launch in October 2000, CASPAR has contributed to sharing safeguarding information and improving practice. Over 1000 weekly alerts have been written and sent out – more than 20,000 hours of work scanning and summarising essential safeguarding knowledge and guidance.

Helping you stay up-to-date in a changing landscape

Over the last twenty years, there have been many changes impacting on children and child protection policies and guidance, including:

  • 7 government administrations and 10 ministers for children in Westminster
  • 5 government administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • 5 new versions of statutory guidance for England, Working Together to Safeguard Children.

More recently, CASPAR has helped professionals across the UK keep on top of the evolving and fast-moving safeguarding guidance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“CASPAR is invaluable in keeping up to date with safeguarding matters. Wouldn’t be without it.”


How many children die due to abuse or neglect?

This briefing looks at what data and statistics are available about child deaths due to abuse or neglect.

Official measures are likely to be underestimations of the number of children who die due to abuse or neglect for a number of reasons, including:

  • the legal complexity of proof of homicide
  • misdiagnosed cause of death
  • abuse not being the immediate cause of death, but being a contributing factor
  • cause of death remaining unknown or unexplained.

However, based on the number of child homicides recorded by the police each year, we know that, on average, at least one child is killed a week in the UK.

Findings from the data

  • In the last five years there was an average of 62 child deaths a year by assault or undetermined intent in the UK.
  • Children under the age of one are the most likely age group to be killed by another person, followed by 16- to 24-year-olds.
  • Child homicides are most commonly caused by the child’s parent or step-parent; whilst adolescent homicides are most commonly caused by a stranger, friend or acquaintance.
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An NSPCC commissioned report on the Signs of Safety model in child protection.