BBC delivers biggest Education offer in its history

Including devoting significant airtime to Education on BBC Two   Reacting quickly to the news of UK schools moving to remote learning, the new offer from the BBC will ensure all children can access curriculum-based learning, even if they don’t have access to the internet. Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC […]

Ethnicity Facts & Figures: Adopted & Looked After Children

The Race Disparity Unit (RDU) has published a new set of statistics covering adoption and looked-after children on the ‘Ethnicity facts and figures’ website, which brings together statistics collected by government departments about the experiences of the UK’s ethnic groups. The new page on adoption and looked after children shows the numbers and percentages of […]

EU Settlement Scheme: Looked After Children & Care Leavers Survey 2020

The Home Office has published the high-level summary results of a survey it undertook (July to October 2020) of local authorities in England, Wales and Scotland, and of Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland in order to obtain a more accurate estimate of the numbers of looked after children and care leavers eligible […]

DBS: Guidance for Children’s Social Care Providers and Managers

Ofsted has updated its guidance for children’s social care providers and managers on what Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks they need to have in place. Updates to the guidance include: that the provider should risk assess roles to ensure that a standard is appropriate and that non-resident partners of foster carers may be subject to a […]

COVID-19: Impact on Children, Young People and Families: Evidence Summary

The Scottish Government has published a summary of the Scottish and UK evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of children and young people. Key findings relating to specific issues / sub-groups include: Care experienced young people – at highest risk of mental health impacts, isolation exacerbated by lack of digital access. Emerging […]

Supporting Special Guardians during the Pandemic

Evaluation of the Kinship Response Service Grandparents Plus has published a report evaluating the delivery and impact of the Kinship Response support services provided to special guardians between May to October 2020. The Kinship Response service is funded through the Adoption Support Fund (ASF), and offers a comprehensive package of support beyond the specialist therapeutic […]

Care Leavers’ Views on their Wellbeing

Coram Voice in collaboration with the Rees Centre has published a report which shows stark variations in the wellbeing of care leavers across England and includes seven key recommendations for local authorities (LAs). The analysis, based on a survey of 1,804 care leavers in 21 English LAs between 2017 and 2019, found that: The percentage […]

Children’s rights ‘worryingly low’ on political agenda, charities warn

Children’s rights remain “worryingly low” on the political agenda in England, a coalition of charities supporting vulnerable young people have warned ahead of Human Rights Day (December 10).   A new report, led by the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) and backed by 90 organisations, marks the start of a United Nations’ examination of […]

Government reveals preferred candidate for next England children’s commissioner

A former head teacher and founder of a multi academy schools trust has been named as the government’s preferred choice to be the next children’s commissioner for England.   Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced today that Dame Rachel de Souza is his preferred candidate to succeed Anne Longfield when she steps down on 28 February. […]