Month: October 2021

Safeguarding jobs round up – 29 October 2021

29th October, 2021 1:00 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

These Children Were Beaten to Death. Could They Have Been Saved?

29th October, 2021 12:16 pm

After a series of homicides involving children, New York City said it would make changes to improve coordination between the police and the child welfare agency. Doctors never examined 4-year-old Jayce Eubanks’s cuts and bruises. Child welfare workers did not alert the police to 7-year-old Julissia Batties’s black eye. Investigators closed Aisyn Emerson-Gonzalez’s case despite his swollen eye and a... View Article

Ofsted calls for stronger oversight of early years multiple providers and social care groups

28th October, 2021 10:53 am

Ofsted has published two research reports looking at early years multiple providers and providers that own more than one children’s home. Two new research reports by Ofsted, published today, find that current legislation does not reflect the level of influence that early years multiple providers and social care groups have on individual nurseries and children’s homes, respectively. Early years multiple... View Article

Scottish bars band together in safe word scheme for people who fear being spiked

28th October, 2021 8:54 am

This scheme has been started in Scotland as police have began an investigation into a number of alleged spikings and attacks at bars and clubs. The heads of hospitality venues are calling on their staff to roll out a safe word scheme in order to tackle a surge in spiking cases in Edinburgh and beyond. Police officers have kick-started an investigation into the number of... View Article

Ex-police sergeant put on sex offenders register

28th October, 2021 8:52 am

A former police sergeant has been described as having a high risk of “causing serious harm to children” after he was caught in an undercover sting. Paul Bucknall chatted sexually online to two undercover police officers posing as parents. Bucknall’s messages included asking one of the officers if she would like to “share” a 10-year-old girl. The 52-year-old pled guilty... View Article

Wirral man jailed for 40 historic child sex offences

26th October, 2021 3:12 pm

A man who carried out “calculating and deliberate” assaults on children for more than two decades has been jailed for 28 years. Trevor Ainslie, 67, was found guilty of 40 separate child sex offences between 1977 and 2004. Ainslie, of Moreton, Wirral, assaulted seven children between the ages of seven and 15, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said. An inquiry... View Article

Virtual heads powerless as schools ‘pushback’ on looked-after children duty

26th October, 2021 3:10 pm

Virtual school heads lack the powers to get children in care the education they need in the face of “pushback” from schools, MPs have been warned. Patrick Ward, chair of the National Association of Virtual School Heads, told the education committee councils were “failing as a corporate parent” because they were often not using statutory powers to secure school places.... View Article

Rise in the number of safeguarding concerns raised about children in Cornwall

26th October, 2021 2:31 pm

The boss of children’s services at Cornwall Council highlighted that while the service is in the top 10% in the country it is in the lowest 20% in terms of funding. An increase in demand for services aimed to protect children in Cornwall could affect how effective they are in future councillors have been warned. Cornwall Council’s children’s services were... View Article

More families needing help from social services as Swindon Council sees spike in cases

26th October, 2021 2:22 pm

Requests for help from families to Swindon Borough Council social services have been increasing since lockdown rules started being relaxed last year. The strains imposed by the pandemic on families have also seen more complex cases being seen by council’s children’s services department. The cabinet member in charge, Cllr Mary Martin presented an update to the council’s scrutiny committee. She said:... View Article