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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.