Coronavirus: impact on children and young people in BAME communities

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published an article looking at how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting children and young people in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in the UK. The article points to evidence which shows that while younger people are a low risk group for the virus, […]

Coronavirus: free school meals in England

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for schools and local authorities on providing vouchers to support children and young people eligible for free school meals during the summer holidays.   Find out more > Read the guidance > […]

Vulnerable children could get better support when moving school under DfE plans

Plans aimed at reducing the amount of time vulnerable and disadvantaged children spend out of education when moving school have been announced by the government. The Department for Education has launched an extended consultation on changes to the School Admissions Code that could see a new turnaround of 10 school days for a decision on […]

Article 39 granted judicial review against DfE over relaxation of statutory duties

Children’s rights charity Article 39 has been granted a judicial review against the Department for Education over emergency legislation which relaxes and removes councils’ statutory duties to vulnerable children. The High Court will hear the charity’s case against the government next month as it calls for amendments made to 10 acts designed to safeguard children […]

£1,000 Apprenticeships Bursary for Care Leavers

The apprenticeships #CareLeavers bursary is a @ESFAgov payment for an eligible apprentice who is a #CareLeaver to help remove barriers to accessing their apprenticeship. Apprentices may be entitled to the bursary payment if they are under 25 when they start an apprenticeship and they are or have been in care.   Find out more > […]

Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm

HM Government have created a new guidance page, which went live on GOV.UK yesterday. This page is specifically for parents and carers, to bring together information on key safeguarding risks and harms children may be particularly vulnerable to during this time, and to signpost them to the help and support available such as the NSPCC […]

Safeguarding children from racism

Farrer & Co & Just for Kids Law have published an insight briefing looking at safeguarding children from racism. The briefing includes suggestions for how schools can begin to tackle the issue of racism and practical steps schools can take to create an anti-racist culture. In a separate blog, Just for Kids Law discusses the […]