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Rise in special needs pupils forced to attend out-of-area schools (25/05/2019)
Almost 20,000 children with special educational needs such as autism are attending school outside their council area because of shortfalls in local provision – . . . with the number rising by nearly a fifth in two years, the Observer can reveal. Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that some children are studying hundreds of miles from home as the special education needs and disability (Send) system struggles to cope with a funding crisis.
Number of men being forced into marriage reaches seven-year high (25/05/2019)
The number of forced marriage cases dealt with by a specialist British unit tackling the issue leapt to a record high last year. The new figures released by the . . . Forced Marriage Unit reveal they dealt with 1,764 cases in 2018, a jump of 47% from the year before. Forced marriages are commonly associated with vulnerable young women suffering at the hands of domineering male relatives, but the statistics show it is a significant problem in Britain for young males too.
Mental health scheme helps 12,000 (24/05/2019)
A mental health scheme has helped thousands of schoolchildren and staff across Middlesbrough. HeadStart Middlesbrough was launched in 2015 with National Lottery . . . cash to improve mental health among children. It teaches mindfulness and resilience training to pupils and staff at 52 schools across the town.
Network to promote ACE-aware policing in Wales gets £6.8m (24/05/2019)
An initiative that uses intelligence on adverse childhood experiences (ACE) to support the police and youth justice agencies to provide early help to children . . . and young people at risk of offending has been launched in Wales, backed by £6.87m from the Home Office. The Early Action Together (EAT) ACEs learning network is an initiative between Public Health Wales and policing and criminal justice agencies, who will collaborate under a public health approach to tackling offending.
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Child homelessness surges by 80% (24/05/2019)
Child homelessness has surged by 80 per cent since the Conservatives came into government in 2010, with a new household now found to be homeless every five . . . minutes, official figures show. Newly published data reveals 124,490 minors were housed in temporary accommodation in England at the end of 2018, marking an increase of 55,440 since the same period in 2010 and a rise of 33 per cent in the last four years.
Most parents reject nearest school (23/05/2019)
Most families do not choose to send their children to their nearest school, shows the biggest ever study of state secondary school choices in England. More than . . . 60% opt for a school that is further away – usually because it is higher achieving. “Contrary to a widely-held belief, only a minority of parents choose their local school as their first option,” say researchers.
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28/06/2019 : The Autism Show
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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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