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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Expert's Corner: Dr Anna Preston

Clinical psychologist Dr Anna Preston talks to Clare Jerrom about carrying out parenting assessments in an ethical, timely and multi-disciplinary way.

The benefit of having multi-agency meetings at the beginning of an assessment means families are not subjected to numerous assessments with multiple professionals over a lengthy time period while parenting abilities are established, which means [...]

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Compulsory health education in schools from 2020

New guidance supporting schools how to teach pupils about mental health has been launched by the Department for Education.

Education secretary Damian Hinds said the guidance will mean that from September 2020 all children in England will learn in schools how to look after their mental wellbeing with a focus on the link between physical and [...]

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Ofsted finds limited progress at Sunderland

Progress in improving services at Sunderland has been limited, Ofsted has said.

Due to a technical fault, the electronic case recording system was unavailable on the second day of the first monitoring visit since the local authority was judged inadequate for overall effectiveness for a second time in July 2018. This resulted in the inspectors [...]

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NHS Long Term Plan highlights commitment to children's mental health

The NHS has published its long-term plan, pledging to prioritise children and young people's mental health services.
The NHS Long-Term Plan states that over the next five years, the NHS will continue to invest in expanding access to community-based mental health services to meet the needs of more children and young people.
In a new [...]

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NHS Long Term Plan highlights commitment to children's mental health

The NHS has published its long-term plan, pledging to prioritise children and young people's mental health services.

The NHS Long-Term Plan states that over the next five years, the NHS will continue to invest in expanding access to community-based mental health services to meet the needs of more children and young people.

In a new commitment, the [...]

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President of family division "concerned" about family justice professionals

The Rt Hon Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division has stated that he is "genuinely concerned" about the long-term wellbeing of professionals working in the family justice system.
The president of the family division, who is addressing 'Wisdom from Failure: a national child protection conference' in February, said judges, magistrates, CAFCASS officers, social [...]

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Covid Fund launched by charity to support vulnerable children

17/09/2020

Buttle UK has established The COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund to support vulnerable children and young people adversely impacted by the recent COVID-19 crisis.

The charity is now working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver £2 million in National Lottery grants to support vulnerable children and young [...]

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Addiction services unable to cope as heavy drinking rises during COVID pandemic

16/09/2020

Soaring numbers of people drinking riskily during the COVID-19 pandemic has left addiction services ill equipped to provide treatment and support, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.

The College’s new analysis of Public Health England’s latest data on the indirect effects of Covid-19 found that over 8.4 million people are now drinking at higher risk, [...]

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Families facing financial crisis during bleak winter ahead, warns charity

15/09/2020

A ‘worrying new wave’ of families who were just about coping with the pressures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will be heading for financial crisis, Action for Children has warned.

With winter, the end of furlough and a possible second COVID outbreak looming, thousands of families, already struggling to feed and clothe their children, could be [...]

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