28/07/2021: Dire poverty in north-east England ‘driving many more children into care’
Family, Health, Looked after children
The 12 directors of children’s services in the north-east of England have warned that “shameful” levels of poverty in the region are driving dramatic rises in child protection intervention and the number of children in care. The north-east has the highest rate of referrals to children’s social care in the UK, significantly higher than the national average, according to a joint report by the directors of children’s services in the region.
28/07/2021: Call for police and crime commissioners to improve diversion among young adults
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have been urged to ensure local policing plans include proposals to support young adults away from crime. A 10-point plan published by Revolving Doors Agency alongside the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A), with input from young adults with experience of the criminal justice system, calls for PCCs to “create a distinct approach to engaging and collaborating with young adults”.
28/07/2021: Children’s social workers to receive standards on autism practice
Diversity, Health, Professionalism
Capability statement for practice with autistic children will add to existing standards for adults’ practitioners, and follows concerns raised by chief social workers about how professionals work with families. Social workers will receive new standards on working with autistic children and their families, as part of the government’s revised autism strategy, published last week.
28/07/2021: Campaigners push to stop this being ‘the summer of online sexual abuse’ against children
Campaigners are warning teenagers and their parents about online grooming and sexual exploitation as schools break up for the summer. Campaigners are warning teens about online grooming and sexual abuse during the school summer holidays as a former top police child protection expert says the problem has “escalated” in recent years. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), with support from tech companies including Microsoft, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok, is reaching out to teenagers to empower them to stand up to online grooming and child sexual abuse.
27/07/2021: MPs call for national register of home-educated children
A committee of MPs is calling for a national register of home-educated children in England, saying there is an “unacceptable level of opaqueness” surrounding the issue. The Commons Education Committee says it is important to “get a grip” on the number in home education.
27/07/2021: Instagram makes under-16s’ accounts private by default
Instagram has made new under-16s’ accounts private by default so only approved followers can see posts and “like” or comment. Tests showed only one in five opted for a public account when the private setting was the default, it said.
27/07/2021: Crime plan invests in measures to tackle youth violence
Politics, Violence, Youth Justice
Schools and hospitals in violent crime hotspot areas will receive additional funding to prevent youth violence under new measures announced by the government. The Beating Crime Plan, announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel today, includes £45m in specialist support for education settings to prevent violence, and an additional £17m for Violence Reduction Units (VRU) to divert those at greatest risk.
27/07/2021: Beating Crime Plan
Violence, Youth Justice
The Beating Crime Plan sets out our strategic approach to cutting crime: cutting homicide, serious violence and neighbourhood crime; exposing and ending hidden harms; and building capability and capacity to deal with fraud and online crime.
26/07/2021: National Adoption Strategy: £48m to improve services in England
Looked after children, Politics
A new £48m National Adoption Strategy seeks to improve adoption services and help place more children with families as it launches in England. Thousands of families will benefit from better support when adopting children – ending a postcode lottery that many face, the government said. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “There is no substitute for a loving, permanent family.”
26/07/2021: More than 250 people have been convicted of child sex abuse while working with the Scouts, new figures show
More than 250 people involved with the Scouts have been convicted of child sexual abuse, it was revealed yesterday. There were 255 convictions for rape, indecent assault, voyeurism and offences related to sexual images among Scout leaders and others in positions of responsibility.