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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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Victims and survivors report lack of support services

Nearly three-quarters of victims and survivors of non-recent child sexual abuse have not accessed any support services, according to research commissioned by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

Only just over a quarter of survivors have received some form of support, advice or treatment due to their experience of child sexual abuse, the research found. [...]

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Kent reaches capacity for caring for UASC

Kent Council has announced that it has reached its capacity to safely care for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and is unable to accept any new arrivals.

Kent County Council Leader Roger Gough said that despite efforts to work with the Home Office, and the county council’s many appeals for support from other UK local authorities, Kent [...]

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New organisation replaces Public Health England

The Department for Health has announced that Public Health England will be replaced by a new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability.

The National Institute for Health Protection will bring together Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace, as well as the analytical capability of the Joint Biosecurity [...]

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Ofsted resumes visits of children’s social care providers

Local authorities and children’s social care providers will be visited by Ofsted from September after inspections were halted due to COVID-19.

The visits by the inspectorate will provide assurance that vulnerable children are getting the help, care and protection that they need, amid concerns that some have fallen out of sight during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yvette Stanley, [...]

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Redress for Survivors Bill published in Scotland

The Scottish government has published The Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Bill to support victims and survivors of non-recent child abuse in care in Scotland.

The legislation will enable survivors of historical child abuse in care in Scotland to have the opportunity to apply for financial redress payments of up to £80,000. [...]

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Numbers of referrals involving trafficking increases

Referrals to the UK's National Referral Mechanism, the UK's system for identifying victims of trafficking, are increasing, a review has found.

Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT), a leading charity in the field working to protect children from trafficking, abuse and exploitation, and The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton launched a review examining what works [...]

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Police record more than 10,000 online child sexual offences in a year


More than 10,000 offences of online child sexual crimes were recorded for the first time by police forces last year, the NSPCC has warned.

A Freedom of Information request by the children’s charity revealed that 10,391 crimes were recorded by all forces across the UK in 2019-20 including heinous crimes such as sexual assault, rape and [...]

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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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Hundreds of thousands of children refusing to return to school


The children of more than 440,000 parents across the UK could be refusing to return to school, it has emerged.

Teachers are being advised that specialist help is available for children struggling to cope with going back to school, as a poll has revealed that hundreds of thousands of children could refuse to go while [...]

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