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Child protection guide withdrawn
The Department for Education (DfE) has withdrawn its “myth-busting” guide to child protection in England due to concerns over its accuracy.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
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
The National FGM Centre has added a number of new resources to their website. In addition to FGM, the resources also include breast flattening and child abuse linked to faith or belief.
FGM Direct Work Toolkit http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/fgm/fgm-direct-work-toolkit/
Exploring concerns around child abuse linked to faith or belief http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/calfb/resources-for-exploring-concerns/
Breast Flattening Information overview http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/About-Breast-Flattening-Leaflet-.pdf
Relationships, health and sex education briefing
The NSPCC has produced a CASPAR briefing summarising the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) draft statutory guidance about how Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education should be implemented in all schools in England by 2020. The briefing sets out key points covered in the guidance, including: developing a policy, content, parents’ right to withdraw, whole school approach and safeguarding.
Source: NSPCC Learning: relationships, health and sex education draft statutory guidance: CASPAR briefing Date: 06 March 2019
Further information: NSPCC Learning: putting safeguarding at the heart of relationships and sex education
Mental health trials launch in schools
The government has announced that up to 370 schools in England will take part in a series of trials testing different approaches to supporting young people’s mental health including: mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help them regulate their emotions. Led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in partnership with University College London the study will run until 2021, and aims to give schools evidence about what works best for their students’ mental health and wellbeing.
Source: Department for Education & NSPCC
Children and young people’s mental health
NHS England has published a ten year plan to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes. Measures outlined in the plan include: investing in and expanding access to community-based mental health services to meet the needs of more children and young people; expanding the provision of timely, age-appropriate mental health crisis services for children and young people; embedding mental health support in schools and colleges and developing a new approach to young adult mental health services for people aged 18-25 to support the transition to adulthood.
Source: NHS England Date: 07 January 2019 & NSPCC
Further information: The NHS Long Term Plan (PDF)
Read more on NSPCC Learning: Improving local mental health services for children who have experienced abuse or neglect