School exclusions: free resource

Just for Kids Law has launched a School Exclusions Hub, an online resource to provide advice services and community organisations with the information and tools they need to find alternatives to school exclusion, or to challenge an exclusion. The resource includes step-by-step guides with links to relevant statutory guidance and template documents to enable organisations […]

Children’s services ratings for England

Ofsted has published local authority (LA) inspection data and children’s homes inspection data for England. Figures show that at the end of August 2019: 49% of LA children’s services were judged good or outstanding at their most recent inspection and 82% of children’s homes were judged good or outstanding. Further details are available here >   […]

New Social Work Regulator for England launched

From 2nd December 2019 Social Work England replaces the HCPC as the regulator for social workers. The transfer of registration is automatic and more information about the new regulator can be found at https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/ […]

Social work practice – new model proposed

Social work charity Frontline and the Centre for Public Impact have published a blueprint outlining a new model for children’s social care based on the Buurtzorg approach to district nursing in the Netherlands. Benefits of the proposed model include: a.60% increase in the face-to-face time social workers spend with children and families due to reductions […]

Care-experienced children and young people: mental health

The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) has published a report to support their Looked after Minds campaign to highlight the lack of mental health support for care-experienced children and young people. Recommendations include: all children and young people receiving any tier of mental health support services should have an offer of independent advocacy services, enshrined […]

Homeless young people

Centrepoint has published a report looking at homelessness and young people. Figures from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to local authorities in England were used to estimate that during October, November and December 2018 over 22,000 under-25-year-olds approached a local authority for help because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness.   Findings from […]

Child and adolescent mental health

Mind has released previously unseen NHS England data showing cancellations of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) appointments in England. Figures show that the number of appointments cancelled by the NHS provider between August 2018 and July 2019 was 175,094, an increase of 34,767 cancellations (24.8%) on the previous 12 months.   Further details […]

School exclusions in England

JUSTICE has published a working party report, examining the processes used to make and review a decision to exclude permanently a pupil in England.   The report calls for change to the current system, and makes recommendations including: better training for schools on excluding pupils; more consistent consideration of unmet needs, particularly special educational and […]

Fostering statistics

Ofsted has published statistics on fostering in England for 2018/19.  Figures show that on 31 March 2019, 54,870 children and young people were placed with foster carers, a 3% increase from last year.   Further details are available here > […]