News 2021: 10 items (Diversity)

21/09/2022: “Dysfunctional” Custody System Failing Girls

The national youth custody system is failing to provide very vulnerable girls with the environment and support they need, according to a joint thematic inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Probation, Ofsted, Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) published today (21 September 2022).

Read: Russell Webster

12/09/2022: Delay launch of new SEND inspection framework say children’s services leaders

The development and introduction of a new inspection framework for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services should be paused until after policy reforms for the sector have been finalised, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said.

Read: Children and Young People Now

03/09/2022: ‘They just want parents to go away’: complaints soar as special needs schooling crisis spirals

The number of complaints from parents about special needs education has risen by three-quarters in the past four years – with more than one complaint a day filed last year, according to figures from the local government ombudsman.

Read: Guardian

20/08/2022: Pronouns, loos and uniforms: how schools became the gender wars frontline

Over the summer, ministers raised the temperature of the national debate, hitting out at ‘woke’ policies. But, as the new school year looms, are fears of a crisis justified?

Read: Guardian

17/08/2022: Children’s commissioner backs call for inclusive SEND support in mainstream schools

The children’s commissioner for England has backed the government’s focus on making mainstream schools more inclusive for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Read: Children and Young People Now

28/07/2022: Neurodivergent children ‘face more barriers in education and justice systems’

Neurodivergent children face more challenges than their peers when navigating both the education and youth justice systems in England and Wales, with some being labelled as “problem children” as early as year four, according to a new study.

Read: Children and Young People Now

28/07/2022: Third of young women and girls in UK can’t access free period products

Almost a third of girls and young women in the UK cannot access free period products at their school or college, despite government schemes being in place for several years, research suggests.

Read: Guardian

28/07/2022: ‘Funding black hole’: councils grapple with ‘catastrophic’ debt for SEN children

Local authorities in England are grappling with a £2.4bn “funding black hole” for special educational needs, according to new analysis, with councils warning the impact on young people could be “catastrophic”.

Read: Guardian

27/07/2022: Success for projects supporting migrant care leavers

Targeted support for young people leaving care with uncertain immigration status can improve lives and avoid costly interventions, new research finds. The National Children’s Bureau (NCB)’s three-year evaluation into four charity projects working with young people leaving care with insecure immigration status, found that they are at risk of losing their entitlement to housing, benefits and legal aid if they are not given the right support while still in the care of the local authority before they reach the age of 18.

Read: Children and Young People Now

05/07/2022: ‘They saw me as calculating, not a child’: how adultification leads to black children being treated as criminals

Ahmed has a recurring nightmare. The specifics change, but the script stays the same: he is in terrible danger, he tries to call the police, but no one responds. He is alone. In the latest version, bullets were shot through his window, but the line was dead when he picked up a phone to call the police.

Read: Guardian

30/06/2022: Workforce planning key to improving early help access for ethnic minorities, study finds

Improvements to workforce planning and in the design of support can help tackle discrimination and racism faced by ethnic minority families looking to access early help services, researchers have found.

Read: Children and Young People Now

29/06/2022: Emergency SEND support ‘needed to meet rising demand’

Urgent action is needed to help local services meet increasing demand for support among children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), councils are warning. Latest figures show the number of requests for an education, health, and care plan (EHCP) increased by just under a quarter to 93,302 in 2021.

Read: Children and Young People Now

27/06/2022: Adultification Bias In Child Protection & Safeguarding

The latest (24 June) in the probation inspectorate’s Academic Insights series highlights adultification bias, its links to racialised discrimination, and how it can impact upon child protection and safeguarding practices. The report, authored by Jahnine Davis, Director of Listen Up and a specialist in the safeguarding of Black children shows how the application of adultification bias results in children’s rights being diminished or ignored, with notions of innocence and vulnerability displaced by notions of responsibility and culpability.

Read: Russell Webster

20/05/2022: Sector leaders attend first national youth work and racial justice conference

The conference highlighted successful work carried out by the National Youth Agency (NYA) and Equal Equity over the last two years. Equal Equity works to increase the proportion of black youth workers and youth workers of colour in leadership, management and policy roles.

Read: Children and Young People Now

19/05/2022: ‘I got fed up with my students ending up in prison or dead’: the teacher fighting to end school exclusions

Appalled by the damage of zero-tolerance behaviour policies that see ever more pupils thrown out of class, and often education, Zahra Bei founded a campaign focusing on racial justice.

Read: Guardian

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