If ever there was a mean-spirited gaffe made during the festive season it was Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent attack on children’s social services. An exploding yuletide log for social workers, no less. Moreover, it was a direct assault on a profession I have a huge empathy with and respect for.
When three teenage girls flew to Syria to join Islamic State earlier this year, there was a lot of soul searching across the UK.
Newspapers claimed Britain was losing the battle to stop extremists radicalising young people online through chat rooms and social media networks.
Since leaving policing much of my work has focused on intelligence-led safeguarding, inter-professional practice and the multi-agency safeguarding hubs, commonly known as the MASH.
By Nigel Boulton
Since leaving policing some four years ago I have been involved through my company with safeguarding professionals across all types of organisations. My work has involved intelligence-led safeguarding, inter professional practice and my own baby, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs, which are commonly known as MASH.