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COVID-19 restrictions put children at risk of child abuse

The COVID-19 restrictions may have caused harm to children with child abuse going unreported, research has found.

With the closure of schools, many children will have gone under the radar of teaching professionals who are often the first to report potential abuse or neglect, the research by the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS [...]

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Child sexual abuse helpline sees surge in calls after lockdown restrictions eased

There has been a large surge in calls to a national child sexual abuse prevention helpline, figures have shown.

Between June and August – just after lockdown restrictions were eased – there was a 47% increase in the number of calls to the confidential Stop It Now! Helpline compared to the first three months of lockdown.

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New standards launched in Scotland protecting the rights of children in secure care

The Scottish government has produced new national standards which set out the support that children should expect from professionals when in secure care.

The support that should be provided to protect the rights of vulnerable children and young people before, during and after community or secure care is set out in The Secure Care Pathway and [...]

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‘Deep-seated and systematic’ issues found in family court system’s response to abuse

There are continuing concerns around how the family court system recognises and responds to allegations of, and proven harm to children and victim parents in private law children proceedings.

The Ministry of Justice has responded to a consultation on ‘Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases,’ and said that despite [...]

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Fewer than half of state funded schools have onsite mental health support

Less than half of state funded schools have on site counsellors, research by the IPPR thinktank has found.

A report which looks at the future of education after Covid-19, highlighted that The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that schools adopt a comprehensive ‘whole-school’ approach to promoting the physical, social and emotional wellbeing [...]

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WillisPalmer launches Remote Assessment Service amid COVID-19 pandemic

A new Remote Assessment Service has been launched by WillisPalmer to meet the needs of our customers while fulfilling our public health duties.

Building on the experience we acquired during lockdown, when restrictions prevented our professionals from carrying out their duties as they had done prior to COVID-19, WillisPalmer has formalised our thinking in a new [...]

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Health, education and welfare systems ‘failing vulnerable young people’

21/10/2020

The national welfare, health, education and housing systems are failing the most vulnerable young people, said the founder of the organisation tasked with running the first secure school.

The Sentencing Bill White Paper from the Ministry of Justice commits the government to opening the first secure school, which will replace a youth jail, in Kent in [...]

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YoungMinds calls for funding to provide wellbeing and mental health support in schools

18/10/2020

More than 60 per cent of young people with mental health have found their mental health worsening since they have returned to school, according to a survey by YoungMinds.

A survey of 2,011 11-18 year olds with a history of mental health needs for the children and young people’s mental health charity found that only 27% [...]

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WillisPalmer is recruiting new professionals

17/10/2020

WillisPalmer has appointed a new Consultant Social Worker Lucy Hopkins whose main focus with us will be recruiting new professionals to add to our already skilled and expert network of 300 plus professionals.

Lucy has 11 years post-qualifying experience and worked in child protection and family support at Essex Council before becoming a family court adviser [...]

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