Children in care

Source: Department for Education 

Date: 05 December 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statistics on looked-after children in England at national and local authority levels for 2018/19. Figures show that: there were 78,150 looked after children at 31 March 2019, an increase of 4% on 2017/18; 49,570 children were looked after as a result of or because they were at risk of abuse or neglect – the most common reason identified. 

Read the news story: Children looked after in England including adoption: 2018 to 2019
Read the report: Children looked after in England (including adoption), year ending 31 March 2019 (PDF) 

Children and young people in Wales

Source: Children’s Commissioner for Wales
Date: 10 December 2019

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales (CCFW) has published an evaluation of the Commissioner’s plan for all children and young people 2016-19. The evaluation looked at what the CCFW has done to raise awareness of issues including: mental health, wellbeing and tackling bullying; poverty and social inequalities; play and leisure; safety in the community, school and home; and transitions to adulthood.

Read the report: Evaluation of our plan for all children and young people: 2016-19 (PDF)

Child sexual abuse: new resource

Source: CELCIS
Date: 05 December 2019

Stop It Now! Scotland has launched a resource, Upstream, to help adults in Scotland to prevent child sexual abuse. The resource, developed with support from the Scottish Government, includes tools to learn about, identify, prevent, and act upon child sexual abuse. 

Read the news story: Upstream: a new project to prevent child sexual abuse in Scotland
Visit the website: Upstream

School governance

Source: UK Parliament
Date: 17 December 2019

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing providing information on school governance structures in England, Northern Ireland and Wales and looks at the main responsibilities of school governors in England.

Read the news story and download the briefing:School governance

Racist abuse in schools

Source: BBC

Date: 01 January 2020

The BBC reports that analysis of Department for Education (DFE) statistics on permanent and fixed period exclusions in England show that there were 496 temporary exclusions for racist abuse from primary schools in the academic year 2017-18, a rise of 40% on 2006-07, when there were 350 exclusions.

Read the news story: Exclusions for racism in primary schools in England up more than 40%
View the statistics: Permanent and fixed period exclusions in England 2017 to 2018 (Table 4)

School safety experiences of high school youth across sexual orientation and gender identity.

Authors: Brittanie Atteberry-Ash, Shanna K. Kattari, Stephanie Rachel Speer, Samantha Guz and Leo Kattari
Format: Article
Summary: Examines the differential experiences of school safety when looking at the various intersections of sexual orientation and gender identity using the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado Study of 11,986 secondary school students. Findings highlight that feeling safe at school, bullying and skipping school due to feeling unsafe are shared experiences, especially among lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender young people, and these experiences are differentially based on the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Journal: Children and Youth Services Review (Vol.104), September 2019, pp 1-8 [104403]
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Serious youth violence and knife crime.

Authors: Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)
Format: Online report
Summary: Discusses serious youth violence and knife crime among 11-24 year olds in the UK. Acknowledges that this can be associated with gang involvement and criminal exploitation, but not always. Looks at current responses to harm and risk and what is missing from these responses. Calls on the government to reinforce the importance of treating serious youth violence and knife crime as a child protection concern.
Publication details: Manchester: Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), 2019
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Disclosure and Barring Service: guidance for children’s social care providers and managers.

Authors: OFSTED
Format: Digital media
Summary: Sets out the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks children’s social care providers and managers will need to have in place and how Ofsted will check the use of DBS checks and certificates on inspection.
Publication details: London: HM Government, 2019
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Bullying in residential care for children: qualitative findings from five European countries.

Authors: Angela Mazzone, Annalaura Nocentini and Ersilia Menesini
Format: Article
Summary: Investigates the perspectives of 123 children in care and 95 staff members about bullying in residential care settings in five European countries (Bulgaria, France, Greece, Italy and Romania). Finds participants were not aware of the specific features of bullying, thought it was normative behaviour and were reluctant to ask for adults’ help. Staff members attributed bullying to children’s traumatic experiences and to a need for adult attention. Highlights a lack of standardised protocols and professional training to tackle bullying.
Journal: Children and Youth Services Review (Vol.100), May 2019, pp 451-460
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