NSPCC briefing summarises the Department for Education (DfE) guidance on what schools in England must and should deliver from 2020. They have published draft statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Sex Education and Health Education should be implemented in all schools across England.
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Child sexual exploitation
Barnardo’s has published a report looking at public understanding of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Scotland. Findings include: people know that CSE is an issue nationally, but are less likely to think it is an issue in their local area; people are less aware that older children (16- to 17-year olds) can experience CSE or that children may carry out exploitation.
Source: Barnardo’s Date: 17 March 2019
Further information: Public understanding of child sexual exploitation in Scotland (PDF)
Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from sexual exploitation
Child protection guide withdrawn
The Department for Education (DfE) has withdrawn its “myth-busting” guide to child protection in England due to concerns over its accuracy. The decision follows Article 39’s application for judicial review, after the charity identified a number of inaccuracies and misrepresentations within the document.
Source: Article 39 Date: 24 March 2019
Further information: the Guardian
The Welsh Government has introduced the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill to the National Assembly. If passed, parents will no longer be permitted to physically punish their children.
Source: The Welsh Government Date: 25 March 2019
Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from physical abuse
The Department for Education (DfE) has published adoption scorecards for the year ending March 2018 for England. Measures include: the average time between a child entering care and moving in with their adoptive family in 2015-18 was 486 days and there were 1,600 approved adoptive families waiting to be matched as at 31 March 2018.
Source: DfE Date: 25 March 2019