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60% of teachers report rise in child poverty

More than 60 per cent of teachers have seen a rise in child poverty in their school or college since 2015, according to a poll by the National Education Union.

More than a third of NEU members said they had bought food for pupils who cannot afford it, 57 per cent of members said they had [...]

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700 children a day are at risk of domestic abuse

Almost 700 children are at risk of domestic violence every day, analysis by children's charity Action for Children has found.
Based on official figures from the Department for Education, the analysis finds that more than 25,000 children will be at risk of domestic abuse during the General Election period alone.
As many cases go unreported, [...]

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Level of NEET young people at highest rate in three years

The levels of young people not in employment, education or training is the highest level in three years, according to Office for National Statistics figures.
There were 800,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 years in the UK who were not in education, employment or training in July to September 2019, the figures reveal. [...]

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LGA urges investment in children's services

The Local Government Association has urged the next government to invest in children's services to ensure local authorities can fulfill the ambitions of The Children Act 1989.
Marking the 30th anniversary of the 1989 legislation, the LGA called for children's services to be fully funded, alongside investment in the wider breadth of services which provide [...]

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Teachers slam SEND support

The next government has been urged to provide more funding to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The National Education Union asked members to rate the government’s support to SEND pupils using Ofsted-style ranking. No respondents said outstanding, just two per cent said good, 31% said requires improvement while the majority with 67% [...]

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Childline has 16% increase in calls about CSE

There has been a 16 per cent rise in the number of counselling sessions Childline has carried out on the issue of child sexual exploitation, it has emerged.
The Annual Review reveals that Childline carried out 4,500 counselling sessions around child sexual exploitation in 2018-19 which is a 16 per cent rise on 2017-18. This [...]

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Scottish government issues guidance on tackling domestic abuse during COVID-19 pandemic

31/05/2020

Women, children and young people experiencing Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) in communities across Scotland are at significant increased risk of harm during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Supplementary National Violence Against Women Guidance, produced by the Scottish government, COSLA, Public Health Scotland and the Improvement Service, states that measures introduced to control [...]

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Tech bosses have failed to make their platforms safe for children

29/05/2020

Children’s charity the NSPCC is urging the government to deliver legislation that sets out a Duty of Care on tech firms to make their sites safer for children, within 18 months.

More than 10,000 online grooming crimes have been recorded by police under a new law that made it illegal for adults to send sexual messages [...]

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Number of vulnerable children attending school rises significantly

29/05/2020

The number of vulnerable children attending school has risen, according to Department for Education figures.

Back in April, we reported how just 5 per cent of vulnerable children were attending school. Around 84,000 children attended an educational establishment on Friday 17 April, representing 0.9% of pupils who normally attend. Of those, 24,000 of the [...]

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