The final version of KCSIE was published last week and is now in force.
The updated statutory guidance for safeguarding in schools and colleges, Keeping children safe in education 2019, has come into force. The guidance includes information on changes to local safeguarding children’s boards (LSCBs) arrangements, the new relationships and sex education curriculum and schools’ responsibilities regarding pupils at risk of engaging in serious crime.
|The Welsh Government has published non-statutory guidance for practitioners working across agencies describing their duties and responsibilities to share information to safeguard children, and to support them in understanding the conditions under which information may be shared. The guidance is also relevant to parents, carers and families.Information sharing to safeguard children: Guidance|
The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on the numbers of children growing up in homeless families. Analysis of data to create national estimates of the numbers of children living in temporary accommodation for extended periods suggests that there could be more than 210,000 homeless children in England including more than 120,000 children who are officially homeless and living in temporary accommodation and over 90,000 children in sofa surfing families.
Source: Children’s Commissioner for England Date: 21 August 2019
Further information: Bleak houses: tackling the crisis of family homelessness in England (PDF)
Induction for newly qualified teachers (England): statutory guidance for appropriate bodies, headteachers, school staff and governing bodies.
Authors: Department for Education (DfE)
Format: Online report
Summary: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges which are required to or choose to offer induction to their newly qualified teachers ( NQTs).
Publication details: London: HM Government, 2018
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The Church of England has published safeguarding data taken from annual safeguarding returns, collected by dioceses in England from 2015-17. Figures show that: the number of safeguarding concerns or allegations about children rose from 1,052 in 2015 to 1,342 in 2016 but fell slightly in 2017 to 1,257; in 2017 53% of safeguarding concerns or allegations relating to children were related to sexual abuse.
Source: Church of England Date: 19 June 2019
Further information: Diocesan self-assessment key safeguarding data 2015-2017 (PDF)
Read more on NSPCC Learning: Safeguarding in faith communities
The University of Plymouth has published findings from research on the outcomes from literature reviews and international consultations with practitioners and researchers held by the international Working Group for the Prevention of Online Sex Offending (IWG_OSO), whose members include the NSPCC, looking at best practice on the management and prevention of online child sexual exploitation. Recommendations to address the issue of online sex offending include: promote public engagement, introduce earlier intervention methods, develop international agreements and develop programmes of prevention-focused research.
Source: University of Plymouth Date: 21 June 2019
Further information: Best practice in the management of online sex offending (PDF)
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the concluding report of its review of children in need in England. Alongside this, the DfE has published children in need final data and analysis. Findings include: at least 1.6 million children needed social care services between 2012/13 and 2017/18 and children who have been in need of social care services at some point between 2012/13 and 2017/18 are present in 98% of schools in England. Areas for action include: better recognition of how many children need a social worker; supporting children in need to stay in education; and developing a wider system of specialist support in and around schools.S
Further information: Help, protection, education: concluding the children in need review (PDF)
Children in need of help and protection: CIN review: final data and analysis (PDF)
Children’s services ‘at breaking point’, what are your thoughts ?
Children’s services in England are at breaking point and need a £3.1bn minimum funding boost by 2025, MPs say.
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee said current funding levels were unsustainable.
Its report said as services tried to respond to growing demand, amid severe funding pressures, many were reliant on the goodwill of staff.
The government said £494m of funding would help children and social work improvements would reduce demand.
The MPs said overall, England’s local authorities had been grappling with budget cuts of 29% since 2010.
The committee follows a long line of organisations, including councils, children’s charities and economists, to raise the alarm over funding levels.
NSPCC briefing summarises the Department for Education (DfE) guidance on what schools in England must and should deliver from 2020. They have published draft statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Sex Education and Health Education should be implemented in all schools across England.
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