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 > […]

Unregulated placements for under-16s in care

Children & Young People Now reports that Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, in a letter seen by the BBC sent to council chief executives in England, calls for councils to review all placements of looked-after children in unregulated and unregistered provision, paying particular attention in relation to under-16s.   Further details are available here > […]

Children and young people’s experiences in care

Ofsted has published findings from their annual questionnaire looking at children and young people’s experiences of living with foster carers, in children’s homes and in boarding schools in England.   Findings from responses from over 6,000 children include: 94%. said they were well looked after always or most of the time; 88% said that there […]

Fosterline England Launch new Website to Reduce National Shortage of Foster Carers

The UK is experiencing a shortage of skilled foster carers and Fosterline England was set up to improve the access to information for people who are considering fostering as well as those who are already fostering.   In November 2019, Fosterline England launched their new website which features an online chat, fostering assessment quiz, up […]

Independent Visitors for children in care

Barnardo’s report that responses to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request sent to 152 local authorities in England show an increase in children in care who are not matched with an Independent Visitor, adult volunteers who provide support to children in care.   The FOI shows that: 1,202 children were waiting to be matched with […]

Additional funding for care leavers announced

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced new support for young people leaving the care system including £19 million of investment into programmes that directly benefit care leavers in England. The new funding includes £10 million to expand Staying Put, a programme designed to create stable homes for care leavers as they become adults; £6 million […]

Sudden unexpected infant death practice review announced

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has announced a national child safeguarding practice review into sudden unexpected infant death (SUDI) in families where the children are considered at risk of harm. The review is expected to commence in mid-October and complete within six months.   Further details are available here > […]

Anti-bullying Week 2019

Anti-bullying week takes place from 11-15 November 2019, with the theme ‘change starts with us’.  In preparation for the week Childline has launched a campaign to give young people the tools they need to help a friend who’s being bullied. New content is available on the Childline website including advice on: helping a friend; building […]