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 […]

Looked-after children miss out on right to independent visitors

Increasing numbers of children in care are waiting to be matched with independent visitors, with some councils admitting to not providing the statutory service at all, new research shows. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by Barnardo’s revealed that 1,202 looked-after children were missing out on their legal right to be matched with a visitor, which […]

Unexplained pupil exits from schools

The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published a report looking at unexplained pupil exits from schools in England. Figures show that: 10.1% of secondary school pupils in the 2017 cohort experienced exits at some point during their time at secondary school that cannot be accounted for; and vulnerable pupils are more likely to have experienced […]

Children and young people’s mental health

NHS England has announced that a taskforce will be set up to improve current specialist children and young people’s inpatient mental health, autism and learning disability services in England. The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield will chair an independent oversight board to scrutinise and support the work of the taskforce.   Further details are […]

Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance

The September 2019 version of the Department for Education’s ‘Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges’ came into force on 2 September 2019 and replaces previous versions. The guidance sets out the legal duties that must be followed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the […]

Reducing the Need for Restraint and Restrictive Intervention: Guidance

The Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care have issued non-statutory guidance that sets out how health and social care services and special education settings (including local authority and independent fostering service providers and children’s homes) can support children and young people who are at risk of restrictive intervention as a result […]