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High Woods Country Park and the BIG Garden are validated Children's University Learning Destinations.

High Woods Country Park and the BIG Garden are validated Children's University Learning Destinations. Children's University Learning Destinations are places and organisations to which children can "travel" and where they record hours of learning in their Passport To Learning.

Both the Country Park and the BIG Garden are now validated Learning Destinations. This means that if your child brings their [...]

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ADCS president accuses universities of turning out ‘crap social workers’...

ADCS president accuses universities of turning out ‘crap social workers’... Shocked academics and social workers call comments 'very disappointing'

Leading children’s director Alan Wood has launched a shock attack on social work educators, accusing prominent universities of turning out “crap social workers”.

In an interview with the Guardian about outsourcing child protection, the president [...]

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Home secretary announces wide-ranging inquiry...

Home secretary announces wide-ranging inquiry... Theresa May has announced a full scale inquiry into public bodies' handling of child sex abuse allegations.

A wide-reaching inquiry into institutional child sex abuse is being launched, home secretary Theresa May announced in a statement to Parliament yesterday.

The panel inquiry into historic claims of child sex abuse [...]

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First 'innovation' funds handed to tri-borough councils...

First 'innovation' funds handed to tri-borough councils... London’s tri-borough children’s services are to receive £4m from the government’s innovation fund, the first award to be made under the initiative. The government wants to fund ideas to deliver social work in different ways. Picture: Tom Campbell Speaking at a Department for Education “innovation” networking event, children’s [...]

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Analysis links director of children's services retention to Ofsted rating...

Analysis links director of children's services retention to Ofsted rating... Local authorities that keep hold of their directors of children’s services (DCS) perform better in Ofsted inspections than those that change regularly, exclusive analysis by CYP Now has found.

 

Authorities with an 'outstanding' Ofsted rating had an average of 2.2 directors of children's [...]

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Quicker care proceedings do not distort court outcomes, pilot suggests...

Quicker care proceedings do not distort court outcomes, pilot suggests...

Tri-borough care proceedings pilot publishes final outcomes

An updated evaluation of the Tri-borough care proceedings pilot has found that there were no significant differences between the pattern of final orders made on the cases in the pilot year, compared to the year before.

The Tri-borough care proceedings [...]

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Teachers slam SEND support

18/11/2019

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

18/11/2019

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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More needs to be done to protect young people from online sexual harm

15/11/2019

Nine out of 10 school pupils believe it is their own responsibility to keep themselves safe online, according to new research on behalf of the independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
This belief can lead to harmful feelings of guilt and self-blame in the event of abuse, and also stop children from seeking the help [...]

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