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Ofsted will prioritise inadequate authorities when inspection re-starts

Local authority children’s services rated inadequate at their last inspection will be prioritised when Ofsted re-starts its inspection process and begins focused visits again after it was temporarily halted during lockdown.

When Ofsted begins prioritising local authorities for focused visits from late September to early October, it will take into account those judged inadequate at their [...]

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Children in secure training centres to be locked in cells for 22.5 hours a day

The Ministry of Justice has amended statutory rules for secure training centres which would see children as young as 12 locked up for 22.5 hours per day.

An accompanying memorandum to the statutory rules states that children will have at least 1.5 hours out of their cells in each 24-hour period, instead of the usual 14 [...]

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Children’s commissioner: Thousands of young people falling through gaps in education and care

Thousands of young people in England are falling through the gaps in the school and social care system amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield has warned that one in 25 teenagers were already slipping out of sight prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. A report sets out the risks affecting [...]

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Vulnerable children ‘hidden’ in lockdown, warns Barnardo’s

Vulnerable young people are being isolated from the services they need during lockdown, Barnardo’s has warned.

The children’s charity has surveyed its practitioners and found that fewer children and young people were being referred into services, despite increasing need.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said: “The coronavirus pandemic has meant that vulnerable children and young people are [...]

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Almost 1,700 offences reported under new domestic abuse laws in Scotland

The Scottish public have been urged to share their concerns with the police if they fear people are being abused in their home after almost 1,700 offences were recorded under new domestic abuse laws in a year in Scotland.

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act, established on 1 April 2019, introduced the coercive and controlling behaviours used [...]

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Additional funding announced for local authorities amid COVID-19

The Scottish Parliament has approved almost £258 million of additional funding for social care, education and food provision for those in need.

The provision of a further £72 million is being agreed with COSLA and will be subject to Parliamentary approval in due course. This will bring the total additional funding provided to help Scotland’s local [...]

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Ofsted will prioritise inadequate authorities when inspection re-starts

09/07/2020

Local authority children’s services rated inadequate at their last inspection will be prioritised when Ofsted re-starts its inspection process and begins focused visits again after it was temporarily halted during lockdown.

When Ofsted begins prioritising local authorities for focused visits from late September to early October, it will take into account those judged inadequate at their [...]

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Children in secure training centres to be locked in cells for 22.5 hours a day

08/07/2020

The Ministry of Justice has amended statutory rules for secure training centres which would see children as young as 12 locked up for 22.5 hours per day.

An accompanying memorandum to the statutory rules states that children will have at least 1.5 hours out of their cells in each 24-hour period, instead of the usual 14 [...]

Read Full Story

Children’s commissioner: Thousands of young people falling through gaps in education and care

08/07/2020

Thousands of young people in England are falling through the gaps in the school and social care system amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield has warned that one in 25 teenagers were already slipping out of sight prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. A report sets out the risks affecting [...]

Read Full Story
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