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 […]

Coronavirus impacts BAME children’s mental health more than white peers, research shows

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a greater negative impact on the mental health of children and young people from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds than their white peers, latest research shows. A report by online support service Kooth highlights higher proportions of people from BAME backgrounds dying from Covid-19 and school closures as […]

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 […]

Supporting Children Returning to School after COVID-19 Lockdown

A number of organisations have produced guidance to help professionals, parents and carers who are supporting children through the transition from lockdown to returning to schools which will be operating very differently to the pre-coronavirus period. These include: Managing unexpected endings and transitions – A practical guide produced by the Anna Freud Centre on supporting pupils and […]

Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse During Coronavirus Lockdown launched

Former home secretary Sajid Javid has said that the coronavirus lockdown has created a “perfect storm” for many children isolated with their abusers. He will lead a new “no holds barred” inquiry into child sex abuse in the UK with the Centre for Social Justice think tank, which will examine organised child sexual exploitation and the […]

Staying Put Grant Allocations 2020-21

The Department for Education has written to local authorities giving details of Staying Put funding allocations for local authorities in 2020-21. The grant provides support to local authorities for expenditure lawfully incurred by them in respect of a young person aged 18 and their former foster carer who wish to continue to live together in […]

Foster Carer Experiences During Coronavirus Crisis

Several different news sites have featured articles on the experiences and struggles of foster carers during the coronavirus crisis: The Independent – ‘It’s barbaric’: Foster care system thrust into chaos amid coronavirus crisis The Daily Record – Foster carers hit hard by coronavirus lockdown struggles The Mirror – Foster care in lockdown: How coronavirus impacts […]

Coronavirus and its Impact on Care-Experienced Young People

The charity Become has produced a briefing outlining its key concerns and offering recommendations for how the government, local authorities and others can support care-experienced young people as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The briefing identifies the key issues as loneliness and mental health, safeguarding and stability, financial security and education.   Find out more > […]

Contact Between Children and Birth Families During Lockdown: Rapid Research Report

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has published the findings of a rapid research project commissioned to understand how contact between children and their birth families was being managed following the coronavirus lockdown and what help and guidance was required by professionals and families.   The study, which focused on children who are in care, or […]