Charity receives £4m gift for legal rights advice

Hundreds more families and young people are set to benefit from a £4m boost to a charity’s rights advice service, after Coram received the largest single gift in its near 300-year history. The donation made by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) will be used to fund an endowment, enabling the charity to scale up its […]

Ofsted Social Care Online Surveys 2019

Ofsted has issued its annual point-in-time online surveys giving children and young people, parents, staff, social workers and other professionals an opportunity to comment on a range of service providers including children’s homes, adoption agencies, adoption support agencies, fostering services and residential family centres. The surveys are sent to social care providers who send out […]

Survey of the Mental Health of Looked After Children: Consultation

NHS Digital is preparing to undertake a survey of the mental health of children looked after by local authorities in England, as well as those who have recently ceased to be looked after. The last survey on the Mental Health of Children Looked After (MHCLA) was conducted in 2002 and NHS Digital has issued a […]

Unexplained Pupil Exits from Schools Report: Consultation

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) is seeking feedback on how it analysed pupil mobility data and defined ‘explained’ and ‘unexplained’ moves in its recent report on the problem of unexplained pupil exits from schools. An open consultation asks for suggested changes or additions to the analysis in the working paper, alternative explanations for school moves […]

Cafcass Care Order Applications: March 2019 & 2018-19 Totals

Cafcass (the Children and Family Child Advisory and Support Service) has published its latest statistics on care order applications. In March 2019, Cafcass received a total of 1,117 new care applications, which is a 9.9% decrease on those received in March 2018. The annual summary figures show that between April 2018 and March 2019 Cafcass […]

Online abuse and the experience of disabled people

The House of Commons Petitions Committee has published a report, following an inquiry and consultation, looking at the level of abuse that disabled people, including disabled children, receive online. Recommendations include: the government and social media companies must directly consult with disabled people on digital strategy and hate crime law; the government needs to challenge […]

Safer Internet Day: Top tips and advice

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published top tips and advice pages for Safer Internet Day on 5 February 2019. The pages include age specific tips for children and young people about staying safe online, as well as tips and advice for parents and carers. For further information, please click here. […]

FamilyLine helpline launched

The Guardian reports on the launch of the free FamilyLine service in England and Wales to support parents and carers through telephone calls, email and text messages. For further information, please click here. […]

Children’s social care

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report setting out recent trends in pressures on children’s social care demand and activity in England and the response of both national and local government to these pressures. Findings include: there was a 26% increase between 2010/11 and 2017/18 in the number of children who were the […]

Looked after children: statistics briefing

The NSPCC has published a briefing looking the range of data and statistics available in the UK that relate to children in local authority care. Statistics show that: in 2016/17 there were approximately 96,000 looked after children in the UK; and the total number of looked after children in the UK has increased every year […]