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Action needed against ‘rogue’ homes for teenagers, says minister (18/07/2019)
Unregulated accommodation for 16 and 17-year-olds may be subject to licensing and registration after claims children were being put at risk. Children’s minister . . . Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Newsnight he wanted to eliminate a “rogue element” in some 16+ supported and semi-supported accommodation. His words follow calls to regulate these homes. Standard children’s homes are regulated by Ofsted.
BBC
Child mental health unit referrals ‘up nearly 50%’ (18/07/2019)
Referrals to child mental health units from UK primary schools for pupils aged 11 and under have risen by nearly 50% in three years, the BBC has learned. . . . Replies to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from 46 health trusts indicate they rose from 21,125 to 31,531. Seven trusts said they had rejected an individual pupil for treatment at least five times over the last four years.
BBC
Scrutiny of social work practice as part of ‘deep dive’ children’s mental health inspections (18/07/2019)
New inspections focusing on children’s mental health will include in-depth examinations of how agencies assess and support 10-15-year-olds in care or involved . . . with social workers, Ofsted has announced. Six joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) involving Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), HMI Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, and HMI Probation will begin in September, with a remit to explore multi-agency responses to children with mental ill-health.
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UK children would rather grow up to be youtubers than go to space, poll finds (18/07/2019)
There was once a time when the height of ambition for many children was to be fireman, police officer or even an astronaut. But now, in the age of Generation . . . Influencer, it seems youngsters have other ideas as a third of young Britons and Americans want to be vloggers, new research reveals.
Independent
Domestic abuse report exposes hidden side of rural life (17/07/2019)
A “deeply hidden and disturbing side to rural life” has been laid bare by an 18-month inquiry into domestic abuse in the English countryside. Domestic abuse . . . victims there suffer for longer, are less likely to report abuse and struggle to get support, it said. Victims are isolated, unsupported and unprotected in a “rural hell” that protects the perpetrators, the National Rural Crime Network report found.
BBC
New joint inspections to target children’s mental health (17/07/2019)
Local services will be judged on how they respond jointly to children’s mental ill health in new themed area inspections, Ofsted has announced. Councils, . . . schools, the police, youth offending teams, and health professionals will be subject to the new regime from September 2019. Ofsted, Care Quality Commission (CQC), HMI Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, and HMI Probation will look at how services work together to improve child mental health.
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2018 Annual Report – Internet Watch Foundation
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Language that cares – Changing the way professionals talk about Children in Care
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The Positives of Autism
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