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Number of children in care continues to rise

The number of children in care continues to rise, according to official figures from the Department for Education.
There were 78,150 looked after children in March 2019, up 4 per cent from the previous year. This is equivalent to a rate of 65 children per 10,000 - up from 64 per 10,000 in 2018 and [...]

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73% fall of children in custody

There has been a 73 per cent fall in the number of children in custody over the last 10 years, according to research.
There were 4,208 fewer custodial sentences handed out in 2018 than there was a decade ago – a fall of 73 per cent, the analysis by crime and justice specialists Crest has [...]

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Ofsted reports

A summary of the Ofsted reports of children's services published during November.
Norfolk transforms ‘front door’ arrangements
The ‘front door’ of Norfolk children’s services has been completely transformed since the last Ofsted inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers in November 2017.
A focused visit [...]

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Charity launches General Election campaign to raise awareness about kinship care

The Family Rights Group has launched a campaign urging people to raise awareness of kinship care ahead of the General Election.
The FRG highlights that around 200,000 children in the UK are being raised by kinship carers including grandparents, older siblings, other relatives or friends, and largely due to tragedy or trauma.
These children are [...]

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Blog: Reducing effects of high ACES scores for children in care

Foster carer, feature writer and photographer David Bocking talks about his experience fostering for Sheffield City Council.
In our first weeks together while carrying our wriggling foster toddler down the street, my wife or I would sometimes have brief conversations with passing acquaintances.
“Hello! How are you?” we’d say as our witty and beautiful child [...]

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Special Report: Regulation of social workers moves to Social Work England

The regulation of social workers in England is set to move from the Health and Care Professions Council to Social Work England on 2 December.
In January 2016, the Department for Education launched a paper 'A vision for change', in which it announced that there would be a new regulatory body for social work [...]

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

01/06/2020

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 was introduced on 1 April 2019 which introduced the coercive and controlling [...]

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8.8m attempts to access child abuse imagery blocked by IWF

01/06/2020

The Internet Watch Foundation and its partners blocked at least 8.8 million attempts by UK internet users to access videos and images of children suffering sexual abuse during lockdown, the charity has revealed.

The IWF and partners has successfully blocked and filtered at least 8.8 million attempts by UK internet users to access videos and images [...]

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Special Report - Learning from practice: Deaths of children in care in Scotland

01/06/2020

Reports published after a child in care in Scotland dies should be signed off by a chief social worker but should include contributions from other partners, the Care Inspectorate has stated.

Forty-two children in care in Scotland died between 2012 and 2018, and a further 19 young people in receipt of continuing care and aftercare also [...]

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