Rise in number of school referrals to social services
New government figures have revealed that schools referred more than 119,000 children to social services in 2017-18.
Schools were the second-largest source of referrals after the police, sending more than 119,000 children to social services in the year up to 31 March, up by almost 4,500 compared with the same period in 2016-17.
Source: DfE Date: 25 October 2018
Ofsted has released new guidance on the criteria for, and process of, registering with Ofsted for childminders, nurseries, nannies and others providing childcare. Guidance is provided on: registration exemptions; legislation; inspections; suitability checks; registration for childcare on domestic premises and registration for early years care.
Source: Ofsted Date: 30 October 2018
Homicide in Scotland: 2017/18
The Scottish Government has released statistics on the number of homicide cases recorded by police in Scotland for 2017/2018. Data show that between 2008/09 and 2017/18, 36 children under 16-years-old were victims of homicide. 83 percent of these were killed by one of their parents.
Source: Scottish Government Date: 30 October 2018
Further information: Homicide in Scotland 2017-18 (PDF)
Statistics: alcohol and drug treatment
Public Health England has released statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) on adults receiving treatment in England for drug and alcohol related problems in 2017/18. Section 8 relates to parental status and safeguarding children and states that there were 25,593 people who started treatment in 2017/18 who said they lived with a total of 46,109 children under 18 and a further 38,852 who said they were parents but did not currently live with their children. 69 percent (44,647) of these parents and people living with children said that the children were not engaged with children’s social care services.
Source: Public Health England Date: 1 November 2018
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Child trafficking leaflets
The NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) has produced a leaflet, translated into 12 languages, for children who have come to the UK from another country. The leaflet explains: how to ask for help; who to ask for help; what words like “refugee”, “asylum seeker” and “trafficking” mean; what help is available for children who have come to the UK from another country.
Source: NSPCC Learning: Child trafficking leaflets for children and young people Date: 29 October 2018
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