The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on the numbers of children growing up in homeless families. Analysis of data to create national estimates of the numbers of children living in temporary accommodation for extended periods suggests that there could be more than 210,000 homeless children in England including more than 120,000 children who are officially homeless and living in temporary accommodation and over 90,000 children in sofa surfing families.
Induction for newly qualified teachers (England): statutory guidance for appropriate bodies, headteachers, school staff and governing bodies.
Authors: Department for Education (DfE) Format: Online report Summary: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges which are required to or choose to offer induction to their newly qualified teachers ( NQTs). Publication details: London: HM Government, 2018 Go to publication
The Church of England has published safeguarding data taken from annual safeguarding returns, collected by dioceses in England from 2015-17. Figures show that: the number of safeguarding concerns or allegations about children rose from 1,052 in 2015 to 1,342 in 2016 but fell slightly in 2017 to 1,257; in 2017 53% of safeguarding concerns or allegations relating to children were related to sexual abuse.
The University of Plymouth has published findings from research on the outcomes from literature reviews and international consultations with practitioners and researchers held by the international Working Group for the Prevention of Online Sex Offending (IWG_OSO), whose members include the NSPCC, looking at best practice on the management and prevention of online child sexual exploitation. Recommendations to address the issue of online sex offending include: promote public engagement, introduce earlier intervention methods, develop international agreements and develop programmes of prevention-focused research.
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the concluding report of its review of children in need in England. Alongside this, the DfE has published children in need final data and analysis. Findings include: at least 1.6 million children needed social care services between 2012/13 and 2017/18 and children who have been in need of social care services at some point between 2012/13 and 2017/18 are present in 98% of schools in England. Areas for action include: better recognition of how many children need a social worker; supporting children in need to stay in education; and developing a wider system of specialist support in and around schools.S
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.
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.
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.