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Sharp rise of teenagers involved in care proceedings

The number of 10-17-year-olds subject to care proceedings rose by 95 per cent between 2011/12 and 2019/20, the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has revealed.

The age group is the fastest rising group of children involved in care proceedings, and the oldest children coming into the system were particularly sharp, the analysis has found.

Lisa Harker, director [...]

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School attendance for children in need fell from 86% to 83% in two weeks due to COVID

School absence due to COVID- was 2.5% in all state-funded schools on 30 September, Department for Education statistics on attendance has shown.

Children in secondary school seemed to be the worst affected as while COVID-related absence was 1.9% in state-funded primary schools on 30 September, it was 3.2% in secondary schools.

This means that the number [...]

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Rainsbrook operator disputes inspectorates’ findings

Children and young people carry weapons at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre - where the culture was described by inspectors as ‘volatile’ – ‘just in case’, a joint inspection report has found.

Children and staff told inspectors of their concerns that a child or adult would be harmed or die as a result of poor practice [...]

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Charity raises fears for children of modern slavery victims

Thousands of children whose parents are victims of modern slavery are not receiving the support they need while many others will simply be lost in the system, the charity Hestia warns.

The charity, which supports over 2,200 adult victims of modern slavery and 1,200 dependent children each year, says that children who were with their [...]

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Fears raised for mental health of girls in secure estate

Prolonged and pervasive experiences of abuse and adversity is causing girls entering the secure estate in England to present with multiple and complex problems including high levels of mental ill health.

The Centre for Mental Health report reveals that girls entering the children and young people’s secure estate either through ‘welfare’ placements or the justice [...]

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‘Delays in the cases of non-recent abuse are not going away any time soon’

Clare Jerrom speaks to David McClenaghan Head of Abuse at Bolt Burdon Kemp about delays in the criminal justice system and investigations into cases of non-recent child sexual abuse.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated delays in the criminal justice system for victims and survivors of non-recent sexual abuse, with court hearings cancelled during the lockdown [...]

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‘Parents with learning disabilities can be disadvantaged when being assessed due to strict timescales’


ISW Pamela Smith talks about her experience of undertaking the ParentAssess training for parenting assessments of parents with learning disabilities

Social workers carrying out specialist parenting assessment of parents with learning disabilities need to be assertive to challenge deadlines where it is in the parents’ best interests, an Independent Social Worker with more than 25 years’ [...]

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Young people at Oakhill STC held in rooms for 23 hours a day


Children and young people at Oakhill Secure Training Centre are being held in their rooms for 23 hours a day, a joint inspection has found.

Children have spent approximately 19 hours per day on average locked in their rooms on average since mid-July 2021, the centre’s records show and on some days, this has increased [...]

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Girls aged 12-15 are most likely to be groomed online


Girls aged between 12 and 15-years-old are the most likely to be a victim of online grooming, analysis by the NSPCC has found.

Girls are more likely to be targeted by groomers, with reports from police forces in England and Wales showing girls were the victim in 83% of grooming cases where the gender was [...]

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