The number of children being home-schooled has risen by about 40 per cent over three years, it has emerged. Figures obtained by the BBC show that across the UK 48,000 children were being home-educated in 2016/17, up from about 34,000 in 2014/15. Mental health issues and avoiding exclusion are two reasons parents gave for removing children from classrooms.
IICSA publishes Rochdale report
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published its report into the institutions where children were placed by Rochdale Council, looking at the institutional responses of the council, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service into child sexual abuse in Rochdale between the early 1960s and the mid 1990s.
Source: IICSA CASPAR
Further information: Cambridge House, Knowle View and Rochdale: investigation report (PDF)
Cafcass has published its monthly care application statistics for England. In March 2018, Cafcass received a total of 1,238 care applications. This figure represents a 3.5% increase in comparison with February 2018 and is the second highest monthly total for a March on record. Between April 2017 and March 2018 Cafcass received a total of 14,207 applications. This figure is 2.7% lower when compared with the previous financial year.
Source: Cafcass Date: 13 April 2018
Technology and unhealthy teenage relationships
The NSPCC’s Impact and evidence insights series features the first of two blogs by Emily Robson NSPCC, looking at how technology, gender and same sex relationships are associated with domestic abuse. This first blog focusses on sexting and the abusive use of technology and discusses what we can do to help keep children and young people safe from this form of abuse.
Source: NSPCC impact and evidence insights blog Date: 16 April 2018