Children and young people’s mental health

  Unicef has published a report examining child, adolescent and caregiver mental health around the world. The report finds that: more than 13% of adolescents aged 10–19 live with a diagnosed mental disorder as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), with anxiety and depression making up about 40% of these diagnosed mental disorders; suicide […]

Children’s rights

  The Scottish Government has said that it remains committed to incorporating the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law after the Supreme Court ruled on 6 October 2021 that certain parts of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill fall outwith the competence of the Scottish Parliament. Separately, members of […]

NUMBER OF 10- TO 17-YEAR-OLDS IN CARE PROCEEDINGS DOUBLES OVER LAST DECADE

  It has emerged that the number of 10- to 17-year-olds subject to proceedings rose by 95 per cent between 2011/12 and 2019/20, from 3,081 to 6,013 children. Meanwhile, the number of 16-year-olds involve in proceedings has almost quadrupled, rising by 285 per cent over that time, according to the research. There has also been […]

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE’S SERVICES: SPENDING 2010-11 TO 2019-20

  Pro Bono Economics has published a report, commissioned by the Children’s Services Funding Alliance (Action for Children, Barnardo’s, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC and The Children’s Society) on spending on children and young people’s services over the last decade. It found that: Between 2010 and 2020 local authorities in England have halved spending on early intervention […]

Civil Service Care Leaver Internships Scheme

  The UK Civil Service Care Leaver Internship Scheme offers 495 paid 12-month positions across various government departments and agencies to care experienced young people aged 18-30 in England, Scotland and Wales. The scheme is open for applications until 24 September.   Find out more > […]

Sexual violence and sexual harassment in schools and colleges

  The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated advice on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges in England. The advice covers children of all ages, from primary through to secondary stage and into colleges and sets out what sexual violence and sexual harassment is, how to minimise the risk […]

Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance

  The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated Keeping children safe in education 2021 statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England. This guidance comes into force on 1 September 2021 and replaces Keeping children safe in education 2020 (updated January 2021). Substantive changes, outlined in Annexe G, cover areas including: child on child […]

EU Settlement Scheme – Less than 10 days left to apply

On Monday 21 June, there will be less than 10 days to go until the deadline of 30 June 2021 for applications to be made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).   An application to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 for those eligible, secures existing rights in UK law until a status […]

DIGITAL PASSPORTS’ LAUNCHED TO HELP TACKLE ONLINE HARM FOR CHILDREN IN CARE

  The initiative – launched today by the UK Council for Internet Safety‘s (UKCIS) Vulnerable Users Working Group – is designed to help communication between foster carers and the children in their care, who are statistically at greater risk of online harm It is the first initiative launched by the group – chaired by Internet […]

LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences of care

  What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) has announced the launch of a project with the University of Birmingham, which aims to better understand and improve LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences of social care. The project is made up of two linked studies: using interviews and focus groups to better understand the experiences of LGBTQ+ […]