Month: June 2021

Care services too focused on investigating families in crisis, says review

23rd June, 2021 8:17 am

Child protection services in England are too focused on investigating families in crisis and do not provide enough early support, a report says. An independent review of council-run children’s social care said services to protect vulnerable children were in urgent need of investment and reform. It concluded that with an increasing demand for help, the current system was unsustainable and failing young... View Article

New tool for under-18s to report nude photos of themselves online

23rd June, 2021 7:53 am

Under-18s who want nude pictures or videos of themselves removed from the internet can now report the images through an online tool. The service – from the Internet Watch Foundation and Childline – aims to help children who have been groomed, or whose partners have posted photos of them online. The IWF will examine the images and try and remove... View Article

Referrals to UK gaming addiction clinic triple in year of lockdowns

21st June, 2021 3:00 pm

Sharp rise attributed to young people spending more time at home during Covid pandemic. The number of children and young adults entering treatment for gaming addictions and disorders tripled over the last year, and experts believe that the pandemic and lockdowns played a key role in the increase. The UK’s first specialist clinic to treat children and young adults who... View Article

Shock rise in school kids being monitored over far-right extremism

21st June, 2021 11:58 am

Soaring numbers of youngsters are being monitored over right-wing extremism. Of 302 people identified in 2019-20, 70 were 14 or younger while 105 were aged between 15 and 20. That is a 200 per cent increase in just four years. In the same period, figures for those at risk of Islamist radicalisation have fallen from 190 under 20s to 110.... View Article

Safeguarding jobs round up – 18 June 2021

18th June, 2021 12:00 pm

Welcome to this week’s jobs round-up, where you can view some of the job vacancies currently available in the world of safeguarding. Below are a selection of jobs which will soon be closing for applications – click on the individual links for more information or to complete an application. For a full list of vacancies, please visit the Job Board on our... View Article

Pupils who struggle to ‘fit in’ must not be forgotten Children who need additional support for learning must not be an afterthought, says author of landmark review

17th June, 2021 7:48 pm

On 27 February last year, I submitted my report on the Review of the Implementation of the Additional Support for Learning (ASL) legislation in Scotland to deputy first minister and education secretary John Swinney. This concluded my formal involvement with the process; less than four weeks later, we entered the first period of Covid lockdown. Over the past year or so, I have thought... View Article

Firms charge £10k a week to look after one child in care

17th June, 2021 12:18 pm

Private companies are charging up to £10,000 a week to look after a single child in care, it can be revealed. An investigation by The Times has found that firms that rushed to set up children’s homes during the pandemic were paid tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money despite many being deemed “downright dangerous”. About 175 children’s homes were registered by the... View Article

Celebrity chef Rachel Khoo becomes an ambassador for Women’s Aid

17th June, 2021 11:13 am

Women’s Aid has announced that Rachel Khoo, food writer, cook and broadcaster, will become an Ambassador for the national domestic abuse charity. Farah Nazeer chief executive at Women’s Aid said “We are utterly delighted to announce that Rachel Khoo will be joining Women’s Aid as our newest Ambassador. We have no doubt that through supporting our work, Rachel’s passion and... View Article

Safeguarding is everyone’s business as week of action returns

17th June, 2021 11:12 am

Rochdale’s annual Safeguarding Children Awareness Week will return online this week, due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions. Running from 14 – 20 June, the week will focus on sharing key safeguarding information, particularly on identifying and responding to neglect, the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people, and keep baby safe sleep advice, including coping with infant crying. The week... View Article

Councils to pilot local decision-making for trafficked children

17th June, 2021 10:00 am

A new pilot programme will give local authority safeguarding teams the power to decide upon a child’s status as a victim of trafficking. The scheme will be used to test whether determining if a child is a victim of modern slavery within existing safeguarding structures is a more appropriate model for making modern slavery decisions for children, Home Office guidance states. Currently, when... View Article