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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

FIFA fears recent abuse cases in women’s football are just ‘tip of the iceberg’

26th October, 2021 2:02 pm

After allegations of abuse in women’s football surfaced in recent weeks in the US, Venezuela and Australia, the sport’s world governing body FIFA fears they could be the “tip of the iceberg.” Joyce Cook, FIFA’s Chief Education and Social Responsibility Officer, told CNN Sport’s Amanda Davies that there will probably be similar stories out there, and encourages people to come forward. “We are incredibly... View Article

School offers laughing lessons to help girls relax after pandemic

25th October, 2021 12:16 pm

Pupils are receiving laughter therapy to combat post-COVID gloom. The £15,000-a-year Brighton Girls school hopes that the hour-long sessions will ease anxiety after concern at the effect of lockdowns on children. Read more: School offers laughing lessons to help girls relax after pandemic | News | The Times (subscription required). Source: The Times

Maro Itoje says rugby union needs to do more to deal with racism

25th October, 2021 11:57 am

Rugby union can do more to tackle racism and to increase diversity in the sport, says British and Irish Lions and England forward Maro Itoje. The Saracens lock discussed issues of race in the game with his former headmaster Floyd Steadman, an ex-scrum-half for Itoje’s club who was the first black captain in the top tier of English rugby union.... View Article

Profits for big children’s care providers ‘higher than expected’, says competition watchdog

25th October, 2021 8:24 am

Local authorities have ‘inherently weak’ position in market and shift to national or regional commissioning of placements should be considered, says Competition and Markets Authority Profits for large children’s social care providers are higher than would be expected in a well-functioning market, as the lack of placements leaves councils in an ‘inherently weak’ position. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)... View Article

Safeguarding jobs round up – 22 October 2021

22nd October, 2021 4:14 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