Early years inspection handbook

Changes to the Inspection Handbook – This handbook describes the main activities that inspectors undertake when they carry out inspections of early years providers in England registered under sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006. The handbook also sets out the judgements that inspectors will make and on which they will report

28th June 2021

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Relationships, sex and health education

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a report looking at how schools in England were developing their existing physical, social, health and economic (PSHE) education to prepare for statutory relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) requirements, which came into force in September 2020. This research was carried out between October and December 2019, in schools that were early adopters of the new requirements, and reflects some examples of school practice at a point in time before the introduction of compulsory RSHE.

Read the report: RSHE: school practice in early adopter schools

Source: Department for Education

Child sexual abuse


The National Crime Agency (NCA) has published the 2021 National Strategic Assessment (NSA) of serious and organised crime in the UK. The assessment estimates there is between 550,000 and 850,000 people in the UK who pose varying forms of sexual risk to children. The NCA reports that collaboration with policing and other key partners has resulted in the safeguarding of nearly ten thousand children in the first nine months of 2020/21 and more than 7,000 arrests.

Read the news story:Online is the new frontline in fight against organised crime– says NCA on publication of annual threat assessment
Read the report: National Strategic Assessment of serious and organised crime (PDF)

Source: National Crime Agency