Resources: children and young people with autism

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) has released a podcast for parents and carers about supporting children and young people with autism during the Coranavirus outbreak. The National Autistic Society (NAS) has also published resources for people with autism of all ages. Listen to the podcast here > Read the NAS resources […]

Coronavirus: support for d/Deaf children

The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has published information for parents, carers and families and information for professionals to support d/Deaf children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak.   Further details are available here > […]

Coronavirus: information for families with disabled children

Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, has updated its advice and support page with information relating to Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: children with complex health needs; coronavirus and children’s education; and coping at home. The Council for Disabled Children has published an open letter from the Children and Families Minister to […]

Coronavirus Act 2020

The Coronavirus Act was passed on the 25 March 2020 to help public bodies across the UK to provide an effective response to tackle the epidemic. The Act makes provision to increase the available health and social care workforce and ease the burden on frontline staff. The House of Commons Library published a series of […]

The Children and Families Minister sends her thanks to the fostering community

This is a very difficult time for all families throughout the country and keeping everyone safe and well is a priority for us all. The decision to introduce unprecedented measures has not been taken lightly and I’m immensely proud at how our fostering community are showing just how resilient and resourceful they are. All across […]

Coronavirus: responding to children’s concerns

Childline has updated its website to include information to support children and young people concerned about coronavirus.   The Independent has also published an article on advice from experts about how parents can respond to their children’s concerns about coronavirus. Visit Childline: Worries about the world: coronavirus Read the news article: ‘I went through my 10-year-old’s […]

What is the official advice for education settings including nurseries?

On 18 March, Prime Minister announced schools will close from 20 March until further notice.   Early years provision, private schools and sixth form colleges are also expected to follow government advice, the Prime Minister said. Exceptions will be made for the children of key workers during the epidemic including parents in the emergency services and […]

Extra funds for student mental health

The Department for Education (DfE) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have announced £1 million of funding for student groups most at risk of poor mental health. The funding aims to create projects to support groups believed to be ‘at risk’, including: black and ethnic minority students, students from disadvantaged backgrounds, LGBTQ+ students […]

Sibling Assessments in Care and Adoption

Barrister Judith Pepper writes about siblings in care proceedings and adoption in Family Law Week. The article aims to highlight from case law some of the issues that have arisen with poor quality assessments, and considers: the lack of proper sibling assessment at the time when decisions are made; some common errors; that sibling assessments should […]

Always Heard Helpline Funding Extended

Coram Voice reports that the Government has committed to extending funding for Always Heard, the national advocacy helpline for young people, into 2020-21. The helpline was launched in 2017 to provide advocates for children in care, children on the edge of care and care leavers, and has since supported over 16,000 care experienced children and […]