|The Children’s Society has published a report on improving identification and disclosure of sexual exploitation among boys and young men trafficked to the UK. Key points raised include: boys and young men who are sexually exploited are unlikely to receive appropriate care and support due to lack of awareness; disclosure of sexual exploitation may not be full or direct; more training for frontline staff and practitioners is needed.
|Source: Childrens Society 22 March 2016|
Boys Don’t Cry (PDF) 22 March 2016
|Children & Young People Now 22 March 2016|
|The Early Intervention Foundation has published a review of methods to improve inter-parental relationships and the resulting effect on child wellbeing for the Department for Work and Pensions. Key findings include: the way parents communicate and relate to each other is a primary influence on children’s long-term mental health; targeting the parent-child relationship only in the context of ongoing inter-parental conflict does not lead to sustained positive outcomes for children.
|Source: Early Intervention Foundation 22 March 2016|
What works to enhance inter-parental relationships and improve outcomes for children (PDF) 22 March 2016
|Department for Work and Pensions 22 March 2016|
|The Scottish Government reports that, following the introduction of changes to supporting children and vulnerable witnesses in Scottish courts, more than 13,000 applications for special measures to support vulnerable people in court were made in 2015.
|Source: Scottish Government 11 March 2016|
Answer to a parliamentary question on numbers of applications for special measures since 1 September 2015
|The Northern Ireland Department of Justice has commissioned MindWise to develop Mental Health & Wellbeing and Personality Disorders – a guide for criminal justice professionals. Contains a section on mental health issues affecting children and young people, which highlights the potential impact of child abuse on children’s behaviour and mental wellbeing.
|Source: Northern Ireland Executive Press Release 18 March 2016|
Mental Health & Wellbeing and Personality Disorders – a guide for criminal justice professionals (PDF)
|The BBC reports that almost 700 convicted sex offenders have been removed from the sex offenders register in the last 4 years, including 157 people who had been previously convicted of child sexual abuse (CSA), 27 offenders who raped people under 16 years old and 3 who committed incest with children under 13.
|Source: BBC Online 21 March 2016|
|The findings of the Drew Review, an independent review of South Yorkshire Police’s (SYP) handling of child sexual exploitation 1997 – 2016 have been published. Recommendations include: develop a new, thematic action plan using gap analysis of all investigations to date; commission ‘Learning Lessons Reviews’ after the conclusion of each major investigation; implement a standard operating procedure for the investigation of child sexual exploitation and the management of intelligence related to it.
|Source: Drew Review 23 March 2016|
Independent review of South Yorkshire Police’s handling of child sexual exploitation 1997-2016 (PDF) 23 March 2016
|Guardian 23 March 2016|
|Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC) has published a report on the police response to missing children. Issues raised include: there are inconsistencies in risk assessment and provision of support; information is not always shared effectively; awareness should be raised amongst officers and staff.
|Source: HMIC 23 March 2016|
Children and young people’s perspectives on the police’s role in safeguarding: a report for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies (PDF) 23 March 2016
|Missing children: who cares? (PDF) 22 March 2016|
Every school to become an academy, ministers to announce
The Department for Education is expected to publish draft legislation as early as Thursday, BBC Newsnight has learned.
The move would end the century-old role of local authorities as providers of education.
An aide to the education secretary has declined to comment.
Back in October, David Cameron said he wanted “every school an academy… and yes – local authorities running schools a thing of the past”.
At the autumn statement a month later, the official document stated that the government wanted: “The next step towards the government’s goal of ending local authorities’ role in running schools and all schools becoming an academy”.
The proposals under consideration by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan owe much to a pamphlet by Policy Exchange, the Conservative-aligned think-tank, which proposes mass-converting the remaining local authority schools into academies.
That document proposed the change for mainstream schools, but did not deal with the future of special schools.
Before 2010, around 200 schools were opened as academies or converted into them.
These were struggling schools that required fast turnaround or were opening in areas of educational weakness. To that end, these “sponsor academies” were given exemptions from the national curriculum and on teachers’ pay to help them adapt to tougher-than-usual circumstances.
From 2010 to the present, however, schools have been allowed to become academies if they wish to do so. These are known as “converter academies” – and were then Education Secretary Michael Gove’s big change to the system.
This was a popular programme (partly because academies got extra cash for converting). So at the last count, there were 3,381 state secondaries, of which 2,075 were academies.
Care applications hit record high
Figures published today show that in February a total of 1,225 care applications were made – the highest-ever figure recorded by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).
It represents an increase of 9.4 per cent, or 105 applications, on the previous record of 1,120 recorded in July 2015.
February’s total also makes 2015/16 a record year for care applications. With March still to go, the total number of care applications for the first 11 months of 2015/16 now stands at 11,513. The previous high of 11,517 was recorded for the full 12-month period of 2014/15.
The increase in the number of care applications comes as the actual number of children in care continues to rise.
Figures published by the Department for Education in October show that, across all councils in England, the number of children in care rose from 68,800 in March 2014 to 69,540 in March 2015.
It has previously been claimed that rising levels of poverty in the UK and the impact of the refugee crisis are likely to be factors behind the rising number of care applications.
Source: CYPNow Website