Child protection
NSPCC calls for mandatory changes to judicial system’s treatment of children in court

NSPCC calls for mandatory changes to judicial system’s treatment of children in court

An NSPCC campaign highlighting the after-effects of the judicial system on children and young people giving evidence in court has spawned a further campaign to petition and demonstrate to government the “overwhelming public demand” in support of the initiative. The Order in the Court campaign launched after the NSPCC’s ChildLine

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Children’s minister urges innovations in children’s social care

Children’s minister urges innovations in children’s social care

Speaking at the Department for Education’s (DfE) Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme Summit, children’s minister Edward Timpson urged attendees to do “things differently” and look “afresh at the issues” in children’s social care. Following the release of the Munro review (A child centred system) published in 2011 which highlighted the

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Child abuse links to parliament spurs home office investigations

Child abuse links to parliament spurs home office investigations

Home secretary Theresa May MP addressed parliament (7th July 2014) with a statement expressing the intention of an independent investigation to uncover evidence of the sexual abuse of children which was “suppressed by people in positions of power.” The investigation intends to shed light on allegations concerning paedophile networks which

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“Abhorrent” and “shocking” child protection failures, says report by Centre for Social Justice

“Abhorrent” and “shocking” child protection failures, says report by Centre for Social Justice

In a study which runs contrary to a recent report released by the government, which judged the overall effectiveness of the child protection system as “good”, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has uncovered “alarming reports of many vulnerable children and young people not receiving the support they need.” The

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Regulations for child performers in England to be reformed

Regulations for child performers in England to be reformed

A government consultation (launched on 23rd June 2014) is taking place with the aim of reforming current rules and regulations surrounding child performers in England. The current legal framework regarding children in performances has been in place since 1968, however the government says many aspects are “complicated and restrictive”, meaning

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Inspection overview of the help, care and protection of children

Inspection overview of the help, care and protection of children

A government report (released 23rd of June 2014) shows a largely positive overview of child protection services in England. Using Ofsted’s single inspection framework (SIF) (implemented in November 2013), the focus was to record the effectiveness of: local authority services arrangements to help and protect children the experiences and progress

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Govt reins back privatisation reforms to children’s social care functions

Govt reins back privatisation reforms to children’s social care functions

The government has been dissuaded from following initial plans to outsource child protection to private sector companies following concern from a range of social work experts and children’s charities. The Department of Education (DfE) received 1,300 responses criticising its initial plans to allow profit-making companies such as  G4S and Serco

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Child abduction: old “stranger danger approach does little to keep children safe”, new study finds

Child abduction: old “stranger danger approach does little to keep children safe”, new study finds

A new study, which found that older children can sometimes “struggle” to tell stranger from non-stranger, and that most child abductions are committed by people they know, has been published by ChildAbduction.org.uk. The study, Beyond Stranger Danger: Teaching children about staying safe from stranger child abduction, by PACT (Parent and

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PACE advocates safeguarding model to reduce child sexual exploitation risk factors

PACE advocates safeguarding model to reduce child sexual exploitation risk factors

A new report containing the latest research surrounding best practice methods when safeguarding children, specifically from child sexual exploitation (CSE), has been released by charity Pace (Parents Against Child sexual Exploitation). In November 2013, a YouGov report (Are parents in the picture?) stated that 87% of police officers, social workers

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Children and disability toolkit published by Scottish Government

Children and disability toolkit published by Scottish Government

A freely available and downloadable ‘Child Protection and Disability Toolkit’ has been published by the Scottish government to aid practitioners and managers in child and family disability services. Following commissioned research by the universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, the toolkit was created in partnership between WithScotland and the Scottish government’s

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