WillisPalmer launches Children’s Charter to support vulnerable children

Children who have suffered neglect and abuse during lockdown need identifying and providing with support as a matter of urgency as they return to school.

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Article 39 appeals High Court judicial review over secondary care legislation

Article 39’s appeal of the High Court ruling that the Education Secretary acted lawfully in failing to consult children and young people, the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before removing and diluting 65 safeguards for children in care will be heard by the Court of Appeal next week.

The Adoption and Children [...]

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NSPCC urges government to focus on needs of older children in lockdown recovery plan

The NSPCC has raised fears that lockdown has placed many children and teenagers at risk of harm and urged the government to put recovery measures in place for this group.

The charity’s helpline received an average of 1,066 contacts a month from April to July from adults with concerns that a child or young person was [...]

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Funding to raise attainment of children in care in Scotland

The Scottish government has announced £11.6 million funding to help raise the attainment of children and young people in care.

Last year, the Care Experienced Children and Young People fund was used to provide mentoring programmes, provide young people in care up to the age of 26 with laptops to aid their home learning during the [...]

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Child to parent violence rises in lockdown

There has been a significant increase in the ‘hidden problem’ of child to parent violence during lockdown, according to researchers from Oxford and Manchester Universities.

Seventy per cent of parents, who have experienced child and adolescent-to-parent violence, saw an increase in violent episodes during lockdown, the research found. Furthermore, more than two thirds of social work [...]

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WillisPalmer launches Children’s Charter to support vulnerable children

WillisPalmer is urging the government to make vulnerable children a priority as schools re-open in September following six months of lockdown for some children.

Since the country went into lockdown in March 2020, WillisPalmer has raised fears for the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children going under the radar of the usual professionals that are in [...]

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Why the Children's Charter is needed

By Mark Willis, Chief Executive of WillisPalmer

Lockdown has impacted on everyone in the UK, regardless of age, gender, class, financial status: everyone has found themselves in situations they have never experienced before.

The liberties we had to go for a walk, meet friends for a coffee, shop for new clothes or celebrate a family birthday with [...]

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WillisPalmer reiterates its calls in Children’s Charter as pupils return to school


By Mark Willis, Chief Executive, WillisPalmer

As children and teenagers returned to school last week or are heading back to the classroom this week, WillisPalmer is reiterating our calls made in our Children’s Charter to identify and support children who may have struggled during lockdown.

Many children will have been out of an educational setting for [...]

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Social Work England opens registration for social workers


Social Work England has opened its doors for social workers to re-register from 1 September.

There are almost 100,000 social workers in England and the regulator has announced that social workers should complete their online renewal process as soon as possible and before the 30 November deadline.

Philip Hallam, executive director for registration, quality assurance and legal [...]

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Government extends children’s social care exemptions following consultation


The government is extending some exemptions to children’s social care regulations – despite facing a judicial review and a Court of Appeal challenge.

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, or statutory instrument 445 was introduced in April with minimal consultation and without the parliamentary process to relieve pressures on social workers as they faced [...]

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