This week…

21/08/2018: Is the current definition of child on parent violence appropriate?

Earlier this year Dr Wendy Thorley and I asked parents and carers who were experiencing challenging, violent and aggressive behaviour from their children to complete the 2018 Child on Parent Violence and Aggression Survey. As per our 2016 survey we were overwhelmed with the responses, however where our 2016 survey drew responses predominantly from the adoption, fostering and special guardianship community we sought to cast our net wider and gather responses from birth families as well.

Source: Community Care

20/08/2018: Lowest-paid parents ‘can’t afford basic lifestyle’

Low-earning parents working full-time are still unable to earn enough to provide their family with a basic, no-frills lifestyle, research suggests. A single parent on the National Living Wage is £74 a week short of the minimum income needed, according to the Child Poverty Action Group. A couple with two children would be £49 a week short of the income needed, the charity said.

Source: BBC

20/08/2018: Youth workers to be recruited to mental health support teams

Young people experiencing a mental health crisis in Greater Manchester will be offered around-the-clock support as part of a new care pathway involving a range of professionals. The plans will see the creation of rapid response teams made up of mental health, youth work and social care practitioners to reach those young people in need of immediate help.

Source: Children and Young People Now

20/08/2018: Unexplained baby deaths rise for first time in three years

The number of babies dying from unexplained causes in England and Wales has risen for the first time in three years, data shows. Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there were 219 deaths caused by sudden infant death syndrome (Sids) or without a known cause in 2016. This was up from 195 the previous year and the highest number since 2013, when there were 252 deaths.

Source: Guardian

20/08/2018: Fifth of teachers have witnessed ‘off-rolling’

One in five teachers has seen their school exclude pupils in order to improve results, according to a new survey. fsted’s annual teacher survey reveals that more than 20 per cent of those questioned had seen first-hand experience of schools “off-rolling.” In the survey, 11 per cent of teachers questioned said they had seen it in their current school and another 10 per cent said it had happened at one of their former schools.

Source: Times Education Supplement

19/08/2018: Child passive smoking ‘increases chronic lung risk’

Non-smoking adults have a higher risk of dying from serious lung disease if they grew up with parents who smoked, according to US research. The researchers said childhood passive smoking was “likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non-smoking adults dying annually”. The study of 70,900 non-smoking men and women was led by the American Cancer Society.

Source: BBC

19/08/2018: Autism can be spotted by monitoring babies’ reactions to incy-wincy spider and peek-a-boo games, study says

Signs of autism might be displayed in children as early as four-months-old, according to a new study looking at how babies react to playing games and hearing people laugh or cry. Babies who were later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) showed a lower level of brain activity in response to ‘social’ videos of people playing ‘peek-a-boo’ and ‘incy-wincy spider’, as well as laughing, coughing, yawning or crying.

Source: Daily Mail

19/08/2018: Government accused of inaction as number of British girls forced into marriages abroad has soared by a third since 2015

The number of girls being forced into marriage ahead of the summer holiday period has increased by more than a third in recent years, according to a leading charity which has accused the government of an abject failure to get to grips with the problem. Karma Nirvana condemned the Home Office for shelving a campaign raising awareness of the practice, which sees girls taken abroad to be married off to strangers, in the “critical” run-up to the summer break – the time of the year when the problem is at its peak.

Source: Independent

18/08/2018: Silent crisis of inadequate councils caring for thousands of children

A “silent crisis” in the care system has left more than 13,000 children with unacceptable levels of support from local authorities, an analysis warns. Tens of thousands more are being looked after by English councils that are deemed to be in need of improvement, with warnings that a £3bn shortfall in the budget for children’s services will emerge by 2025. Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said the findings cast “a stark spotlight on the inadequacies of systems that are meant to be in place to support our most vulnerable children”.

Source: Guardian

18/08/2018: Deaf children fall further behind classmates at A-level due to government cuts, analysis finds

Deaf children are falling further behind their hearing classmates at A-level amid government funding cuts, an analysis has found. Almost six in 10 (58.8 per cent) deaf pupils in England failed to achieve more than one A-level by the age of 19 last year, the highest proportion since 2012, the latest figures show.

Source: Independent

18/08/2018: Silent crisis of inadequate councils caring for thousands of children

A “silent crisis” in the care system has left more than 13,000 children with unacceptable levels of support from local authorities, an analysis warns. Tens of thousands more are being looked after by English councils that are deemed to be in need of improvement, with warnings that a £3bn shortfall in the budget for children’s services will emerge by 2025. Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said the findings cast “a stark spotlight on the inadequacies of systems that are meant to be in place to support our most vulnerable children”.

Source: Guardian

18/08/2018: Cases of type 2 diabetes among young people rise 41% in three years

Growing numbers of children and young people are developing type 2 diabetes, a disease usually seen in those aged over 40, in the latest sign of worsening childhood obesity. The number of people aged up to 25 with the condition in England and Wales increased from 507 in 2013-14 to 715 in 2016-17 – a 41% rise.

Source: Guardian

16/08/2018: Fewer youngsters believe university is important to succeeding in life

The number of youngsters who think it is worth going to university has fallen significantly over the last five years, according to a new poll. The Ipsos MORI survey on behalf of the Sutton Trust of 11- to 16-year-olds, suggests that just 75% think it is important to enter higher education to do well. In 2013 the figure stood at 86%.

Source: Sky

16/08/2018: More than 400,000 under-18s live with ‘toxic trio’, analysis shows

At least 420,000 children in England live in households with the “toxic trio” of domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental illness present, according to new estimates. The Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England used data from a 2014 mental health survey of adults to calculate the figure, which it said is the best estimate yet of the toxic trio’s prevalence. The commissioner’s analysis concluded that 420,000 children and young people under 18 are in homes where all three toxic trio issues are present to a “moderate” or “severe” extent.

Source: Children and Young People Now

16/08/2018: Large rise in the number of youth custody staff

The number of people working in the youth secure estate has risen significantly following a government recruitment drive over the past 12 months, latest official data shows.Prison service workforce figures published this week by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show that on 30 June 2018 there were 1,545 full time equivalent (FTE) workers employed by the Youth Custody Service, 198 more than in June 2017.

Source: Children and Young People Now

15/08/2018: Scientists develop forensic technique to identify paedophiles based on their hands

Scientists believe they can identify paedophiles based on characteristics of their hands, and potentially track their movements around the world. Dame Professor Sue Black, of Lancaster University, has developed a forensic technique to identify suspected offenders based on pictures of their hands.

Source: Independent

15/08/2018: Children ‘at risk of robot influence’

Forget peer pressure, future generations are more likely to be influenced by robots, a study suggests. The research, conducted at the University of Plymouth, found that while adults were not swayed by robots, children were. The fact that children tended to trust robots without question raised ethical issues as the machines became more pervasive, said researchers. They called for the robotics community to build in safeguards for children.

Source: BBC

15/08/2018: ‘Child spies’ must have an appropriate adult present at meetings

Children being used as informants must have an appropriate adult present in meetings with the authorities, revised official guidance says. A revised code of practice for use of covert human intelligence sources (CHIS), published on Wednesday by the Home Office, states that a parent, guardian, personal contact or professional such as a social worker should be present at meetings between sources aged under 16 and the police, intelligences services or other public authorities.

Source: Guardian

15/08/2018: SEND: heads warn for support pupils is under threat

A headteachers’ union has warned that support in schools for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is “under threat” following funding cuts. The NAHT made the comments after a tribunal judge ruled that current legislation, which allows schools to exclude disabled children with “challenging behaviour”, is unlawful.

Source: Times Education Supplement

15/08/2018: Holiday hunger: 150% rise in pupils in need

The number of children getting summer holiday meals via the UK’s largest food redistribution charity has more than doubled this year. FareShare, which redistributes surplus food to 200 charities and organisations providing summer schemes, is feeding at least 50,000 children each week across the UK this month – up 150 per cent from 20,000 in 2017.

Source: Times Education Supplement

15/08/2018: Fund launches to tackle youth loneliness

A £2m fund to help charities and community groups address youth loneliness in deprived areas has launched. The funding is part of the wider £11.5m Building Connections Fund, which was announced by the government in June to tackle loneliness. This youth specific element to the fund includes £1m from the government and £1m from the Co-op Foundation.

Source: Children and Young People Now

15/08/2018: Why a chronology should be the first thing you do in an assessment

It’s easy for social workers and other professionals to misunderstand the nature and purpose of a chronology, mainly due to the learning and working culture around them that can see producing a chronology as an administrative ‘chore’. Chronologies are actually an essential part of any good assessment, a vital foundation for analysis, and a useful tool to help a social worker develop rapport with service users.

Source: Community Care

15/08/2018: Parenting in a Digital Age: The art of conversation in the age of Social Media

It’s the holidays; bed times get later, screen times get longer, and we sometimes worry more about what children are seeing and doing online. It can be daunting for older generations to talk about concerns about online behaviour, as they do not want to seem out of touch with technology. However, dialogue is the most important thing when it comes to dealing with issues around how your child uses the internet.

Source: South West Grid for Learning

Older news…

13/08/2018: Police are more likely to believe female victims of psychological abuse because of an ‘unconscious bias’ against men, campaigners claim
Source: Daily Mail

13/08/2018: Rough Sleeping Strategy to include care leaver support
Source: Children and Young People Now

13/08/2018: YOIs to develop physical activity and wellbeing strategies for young prisoners
Source: Children and Young People Now

12/08/2018: Young people glued to their smartphones are spending up to 7 hours a day online
Source: Daily Mail

11/08/2018: Schools still see the LGBT community as a distant enclave
Source: Times Education Supplement

10/08/2018: Loneliness a big issue among young people, say youth workers
Source: Children and Young People Now

10/08/2018: Children’s centre consultation ditched, confirms DfE
Source: Children and Young People Now

09/08/2018: Early years teacher gaps ‘risk children’s futures’
Source: BBC

09/08/2018: Are your 20s really the best time of your life?
Source: BBC

09/08/2018: Supervision orders unsuccessful in a quarter of cases, research finds
Source: Community Care

08/08/2018: ADHD treatment may be needed by hundreds of thousands more children, experts suggest
Source: Independent

08/08/2018: Snapchat: Does drop in users spell trouble?
Source: BBC

08/08/2018: Call for action over SEND funding following legal ruling
Source: Children and Young People Now

08/08/2018: Researchers criticise lack of evidence for government early years policy
Source: Children and Young People Now

08/08/2018: Government U-turn on pledge to protect young people in sport
Source: NSPCC

07/08/2018: Coaching parents may reduce child’s obesity
Source: BBC

07/08/2018: Plans to let victims challenge ‘unduly lenient’ punishments set to be expanded to cover downloading abuse images
Source: Daily Mail

07/08/2018: Private schools should help children in care, says government
Source: BBC

07/08/2018: Youth projects share £1.5m to tackle knife crime
Source: Children and Young People Now

06/08/2018: Youth worker register ‘close to launch’
Source: Children and Young People Now

06/08/2018: Alternative provision projects receive £4m funding boost
Source: Children and Young People Now

06/08/2018: Colleges ‘over-estimating’ cyber-attack readiness
Source: Times Education Supplement

04/08/2018: Council funding crisis could have ‘catastrophic consequences’ for vulnerable children, Children’s Commissioner warns
Source: Independent

03/08/2018: Food banks appeal for help to feed children during school holidays
Source: Guardian

03/08/2018: Pupils so ‘malnourished’ they hide their bodies
Source: Times Education Supplement

02/08/2018: Councils want National Citizen Service funding for youth services
Source: BBC

02/08/2018: Demand for child trafficking advocates higher than expected
Source: Children and Young People Now

02/08/2018: Young carers facing lonely summer, warn charities
Source: Children and Young People Now

01/08/2018: National unit calls for clarity over true scale of child sexual abuse
Source: Children and Young People Now

01/08/2018: What is the definition of child trafficking?
Source: Community Care

31/07/2018: Every university ‘needs’ Alcoholics Anonymous meetings
Source: BBC

31/07/2018: Pupils unable to read is ‘a scandal’, says minister
Source: BBC

31/07/2018: More children going hungry in school holidays, survey finds
Source: Children and Young People Now

31/07/2018: New approach to child protection targets places where abuse happens
Source: Guardian

30/07/2018: Youth fund doubled to £22m to aid violent crime prevention
Source: Guardian

27/07/2018: School holiday hunger cash a ‘great first step’
Source: BBC

26/07/2018: Huge rise in unconditional university offers for students
Source: BBC

26/07/2018: Teacher bans: Sexually motivated conduct is most common cause
Source: BBC

26/07/2018: Facebook is still the first port of call for news for most young people over the likes of BBC and ITV, report finds
Source: Daily Mail

26/07/2018: Over 1 million children are being let down by inadequate local mental health plans
Source: NSPCC

25/07/2018: Excluded pupils ‘abandoned by schools’
Source: BBC

25/07/2018: Campaigners criticise scale and pace of government’s children’s mental health plans
Source: Children and Young People Now

25/07/2018: Excluded pupils ‘abandoned by education system’
Source: Children and Young People Now

25/07/2018: Domestic abuse and child contact: key advice on understanding the child’s experience
Source: Community Care

25/07/2018: Confident direct work with children: top tips
Source: Community Care

25/07/2018: Need to know: School mental health leads
Source: Times Education Supplement

25/07/2018: College mental health teams could help schools
Source: Times Education Supplement

24/07/2018: Record number of severely obese children
Source: BBC

24/07/2018: Antidepressant prescriptions for children on the rise
Source: BBC

24/07/2018: Effective management and a long-term view of children’s services: a local authority’s journey to ‘good’
Source: Community Care