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The children in care left without a school place (23/10/2017)

They are some of society's most vulnerable children - those taken into care. And yet some schools are failing in their responsibility to give them places when asked. These disadvantaged children are meant to be placed before all others when it comes to school admissions. But politicians and officials from Oxfordshire are highlighting how more than 30 so called "looked-after children" in the area have been left without schooling - some for months at a time.

Full story: BBC

CYP Now

Politicians raise concerns over future of children's centres (23/10/2017)

More than a third of Conservative councillors in local authorities in England are concerned about the future of children's centres, a survey has found. Polling commissioned by charity Action for Children found that 38 per cent of 508 Tory councillors questioned believe there is a "lack of clear direction and funding" from central government for children's centres, family hubs, and family support.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

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Remove ads that appeal to children, gambling sites told (22/10/2017)

Online gambling companies have been urged to remove adverts featuring images likely to appeal to children. Regulators said the "unacceptable" ads and third-party media, which contain graphics and images that are likely to be attractive to minors, should be "immediately" removed or amended. They said this particularly applied to adverts for free and pay-to-play games. In a joint letter, the regulators said under-18s and other vulnerable people should be protected from exploitation.

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Daily Mail

Paedophile who used Xbox Live chat to take over 11-year-old boy's life is jailed for four years (21/10/2017)

A man who groomed a young boy via online gaming before sexually assaulting him has been caged. Nathan Hastings took over his victim's life, after making contact through the Xbox Live gaming platform, with a 16-month campaign of 'controlled abuse'. The 26-year-old had such a damaging impact on the boy's life that he 'prevented him from enjoying his childhood'. Hastings first contacted his victim in 2014, then started travelling to Manchester on a daily basis to visit him. He manipulated the boy, who was only 11-years-old at the time, and dominated his life to the point that he felt isolated from his friends and family.

Full story: Daily Mail

Sky News

Web giants vow to remove online extremist content within hours (20/10/2017)

Tech companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter will work with G7 countries to block the spread of extremist content online. Earlier this year, G7 leaders backed Theresa May's call for a crackdown on extremist content online. After a two-day meeting on the Italian island of Ischia, the nations and the world's largest web companies have pledged to remove all jihadist content from the web within two hours of it being uploaded.

Full story: Sky News

Guardian

Grieving families 'missing out on critical support' (20/10/2017)

Thousands of families are going without the support they need after losing a child or parent, according to the psychotherapist who helped princes William and Harry after the death of their mother, Princess Diana. Julia Samuel, founder patron of Child Bereavement UK, said the princes’ moving and candid testimony about the death of Diana 20 years ago had “shifted the dial”, adding that the charity had seen an increase in calls to its helpline as a result.

Full story: Guardian

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Childcare costs rise up to seven times faster than wages (20/10/2017)

Childcare costs for young children have risen up to seven times faster than wages since 2008, a study suggests. TUC research shows that average costs in England for parents with a one-year-old rose 48% between 2008 and 2016, while average wages increased 12%. Mum-of-three Ellie Thouret said it was "absolutely pointless" to return to work because of the "crippling costs". The government says it has doubled the free childcare available to working parents of three and four-year-olds.

Full story: BBC

CYP Now

LGBT rights among issues to be debated by UK Youth Parliament (20/10/2017)

Challenging discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) young people is among five issues in the running to become the priority campaign for the UK Youth Parliament in 2018. The issues have been selected by the Make Your Mark ballot involving 948,677 young people and will be debated when the UK Youth Parliament sits in the House of Commons next month. A vote will be staged following the debate to decide which will become the UK Youth Parliament's priority campaign for next year.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

CYP Now

Majority of foster carers earn less than living wage (20/10/2017)

Nine out of 10 foster carers are being paid less than the national living wage, a study has found. A survey of 1,937 foster carers in England by The Fostering Network found that 82 per cent are paid fees for their services, over and above the basic allowance covering the cost of caring for a fostered child, as required by law. When the fees are considered in isolation, just 12 per cent were found to receive payments equivalent to, or higher than, the national living wage of £7.50 an hour, based on a 40-hour week. More than half - 52 per cent - earned below £4 an hour in fees and 23 per cent made less than £1.70 an hour.

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CYP Now

Government advisers moot virtual mental health lead for looked-after children (19/10/2017)

A single person at every council across England should be made responsible for championing the mental health needs of looked-after children, a group of experts established by government has said. An expert group set up last year by the Department of Health and the Department for Education in order to "develop care pathways that will support an integrated approach to meeting the needs of looked-after children with mental health difficulties" is due to report its findings to government next month.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

Community Care

Landmark ruling finds councils are liable for abuse in foster care (19/10/2017)

Local authorities are liable for abuse suffered in foster care, following a Supreme Court ruling believed to have “enormous” implications for councils across the country. In a judgment published yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled by a four-to-one majority that Nottinghamshire council was “vicariously liable” for the actions of two foster carers who abused claimant, Natasha Armes, when she was in their care during the 1980s. The authority will pay damages to Ms Armes, although the exact amount is still to be decided. The court accepted the foster carers would have “insufficient means” to meet a substantial award.

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Community Care

Together or apart: the sibling placement dilemma facing social workers (19/10/2017)

Our brothers and sisters are likely to be some of the most long-lasting relationships each of us has. That is not to underestimate the complexity of those relationships. After all, sibling rivalry is a reality in many of those relationships, although hopefully set alongside the love, support, sharing and curiosity that enriches our lives through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. For many children, sibling relationships will also include children from other relationships where the parents have separated, and a new relationship for the adults will result in a new set of imposed relationships for the children. Again, what the quality and meaning of those relationships will have for the children involved will be complex.

Full story: Community Care

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'He hid in a cupboard - we just couldn't get him to school' (19/10/2017)

The pressures of school life can be tough for a lot of kids, but for a child who's experienced abuse, neglect and years in care, the strain can be even greater. When Evelyn and Tony adopted Ryan at the age of seven, his special educational needs were not immediately apparent. Ryan is smart, bright and eager to please - every teacher's dream. But the trauma of his early years meant the day-to-day expectations of mainstream school were too much for him.

Full story: BBC

CYP Now

One in three areas fail children with special needs (18/10/2017)

Councils and health organisations in around a third of areas are failing to effectively support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), analysis by Ofsted and health watchdog the Care Quality Commission has revealed. The two inspectorates are a year into a joint five-year inspection programme to assess the quality of support for SEND children and young people in all 152 local authority areas across England. But analysis of the first 30 areas inspected, in the 12 months to May 2017, has revealed "significant concerns" about support in nine areas, with each asked to produce a written statement of action on how they would tackle failings.

Full story: Children and Young People Now

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Child safety smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says (18/10/2017)

Some smartwatches designed for children have security flaws that make them vulnerable to hackers, a watchdog has warned. The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) tested watches from brands including Gator and GPS for Kids. It said it discovered that attackers could track, eavesdrop or even communicate with the wearers. The manufacturers involved insist the problems have either already been resolved or are being addressed. UK retailer John Lewis has withdrawn one of the named smartwatch models from sale in response.

Full story: BBC