Contact Between Children in Care or Adopted Children and Their Families: Research

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) has published a briefing paper on six key messages from research into contact between children in care or adopted children and their families. The key messages are: Focus on the quality of contact. Listen to the views of children and young people. Recognise the significance of siblings, grandparents, wider […]

Vulnerable Children and Young People: DfE Survey on the Impact of the Coronavirus Outbreak, Waves 1-8

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated report on its fortnightly survey of local authorities which examines the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on children’s social care. The new report presents the findings from responses collected in waves 1-8 of the survey ((20 April to 23 August 2020). Findings include: The majority of children looked after […]

Participants Sought for Survey to Assess the Impact of COVID-19 on Children Protection Conferences

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) has launched a new research project with Kings College to examine how practice around child protection conferences throughout England and Wales has been affected by COVID-19. The research team is calling for parents and professionals with experience of child protection conferences during the pandemic to take part, including social workers, […]

Children in Need and Looked after Children Statistics: Consultation on Proposed Changes

The Department for Education is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the annual outcomes statistics for children in need and children looked after by local authorities. The proposed changes aim to improve the consistency of definitions and the range of children reported on and are being introduced following previous user feedback and a commitment made […]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Education and Children’s Services: Education Committee Inquiry

The House of Commons Education Committee inquiry into the short term and longer term implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the education sector and the children’s social care system is continuing to accept evidence until late December.   Closing date: Sunday 20 December 2020 Further details and a link to the call for evidence can be found here […]

Report of parliamentary taskforce on Kinship care

The Cross-party parliamentary taskforce on kinship care has published a report following its inquiry into kinship care in the UK. The report summarises research and evidence gathered by the taskforce and makes recommendations including: the government should extend the Adoption Support Fund so that all children being raised by kinship carers have the same rights […]

Coronavirus: remote education support for schools in England.

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced remote education support for schools, colleges, and teachers in England to help children learn at home if they have to self-isolate. The Government has also published a Temporary Continuity Direction, regarding the provision of remote education in schools, under the Coronavirus Act 2020. The Direction means schools have […]

Child criminal records – UK

The Standing Committee for Youth Justice, a national alliance of over 60 charities and youth organisations, has published a briefing calling for a review of the childhood criminal records system, to achieve a fair and distinct system which allows young people to leave their past mistakes behind them. The briefing highlights concerns about the burden […]

County lines – UK

The National Crime Agency (NCA) reports that a week of law enforcement activity across the UK between 14 and 20 September targetting county lines drug networks resulted in:1,041 arrests; 1,551 vulnerable people being contacted by the police for safeguarding purposes; and the shutting down of 102 “deal line” devices, linked to phone numbers used to […]

Youth justice – England & Wales

The National Association for Youth Justice has published a report looking at all aspects of the youth justice system including trends in youth crime, courts and sentencing, custody and inequalities in the system’s treatment of children. The report expresses concern that the recommendations of the Taylor Review of the Youth Justice System in England and […]