Promoting Anti-racist Culture in Social Work

Community Care has published an article by Wayne Reid, BASW England’s professional officer and a social worker, in which he outlines some practical steps that social work organisations can take to promote anti-racism.   Find out more here > […]

LGBTQ+ Inclusive Social Work Education and Services

A care experienced trainee social worker has written an open letter to the chief social worker for children, Isabelle Trowler, saying that the profession needs specialist LGBTQ+ practitioners to ensure truly inclusive services. Reena Syed who wrote the letter also makes a number of suggestions on how to change social work education and three immediate […]

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

The Department for Education (DfE), the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and the Home Office have published updated statutory guidance on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in England and Wales.   Read the news story here > Read the guidance here > […]

Coronavirus: children returning to school in England

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the guidance on actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak to provide more advice and clarity on some aspects of the return to school in the autumn. The DfE has also published a blog to reiterate guidance that children in England are not expected to wear face coverings […]

The Parliamentary Review

The Parliamentary Review has published an article by Steve Stockley on the outcome of our survey of foster carers into the impact of government fostering and adoption amendments.   See the piece here > […]

Online safety

The UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC) has worked with online safety and child protection organisations from around the world to inform the new International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Child online protection guidelines for 2020. Guidelines are aimed at children, parents and educators, and industry and policy-makers.   Find out more > […]

Online safety

ThinkuKnow has released an education resource about online blackmail for 15-to 18-year-olds which aims to help young people: identify key characteristics of how blackmail operates online; understand the impact it can have; and know how to access help if they need it. The term ‘online blackmail’ is used to refer to the act of threatening to share information […]

Coronavirus: return of inspections

Ofsted has announced its inspection plans for schools, early years settings and children’s social care providers in England from autumn 2020. Plans include: a phased return of inspections starting with an interim period of visits, prioritising issues including child safety and wellbeing.   Read the news story here > Read the education plan here > […]

Coronavirus: vulnerable teenagers

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report looking at the impact of lockdown on teenagers in England, assessing the number of teenagers who were already vulnerable before the coronavirus outbreak. The report estimates that 120,000 teenagers in England, one in 25, were vulnerable before coronavirus and calls on local authorities to work with schools […]