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.
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.
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.
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.
UK Youth Parliament launch action against knife crime
The UK Youth Parliament has launched a campaign calling for a reduction in knife crime across the UK The campaign ‘Action against knife crime’ calls on the government to combat violence through education in schools and community groups. 1.1 million young people declared knife crime a top concern in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark ballot. The organisation is also campaigning to lower the voting age to 16.
School complaints procedures: guidance for schools
The Department for Education (DfE) has published best practice guidance for school complaints procedures 2019. The guidance outlines procedures for dealing with complaints and includes a model complaints procedure for governing bodies to tailor to their school.
Changes to the education inspection framework: consultation
Ofsted has published consultation proposals on how they inspect schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers in England, to take effect from September 2019. Proposals include a revised framework to focus inspection on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-reliance on performance data. The consultation closes on 05 April 2019.
Ofsted has published updates to its Framework for inspecting local authority services for children in need of help and protection, children in care and care leavers. Updates include: redrafted guidance on recording evidence to reflect new recording tools, updated arrangements for monitoring visits to inadequate local authorities and new guidance for inspectors when inspecting a local authority being reviewed or supported by a children’s services commissioner appointed by the Secretary of State for Education.
The Home Office has released statistics on the number of individuals referred to the Prevent Programme in England and Wales during 2017/18. 2,420 individuals were referred by the education sector, 33 per cent of the total for that period and the highest number from any sector. Individuals referred from the education sector also had the youngest median age of 14-years-old compared with all other sectors.