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									                           SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
                       INFORMATION & NEWS UPDATE - 155
                                       12th March 2010

Safeguarding Children and Young People            affected by gang activity in other ways.
who may be affected by Gang Activity              http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.
(March 2010)                                      aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMo
There are a number of areas in which young        de=publications&ProductId=DCSF-00064-
people are put at risk by gang activity, both     2010&
through participation in and as victims of        http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/eOrderi
gang violence. Safeguarding procedures can        ngDownload/DCSF-00064-2010.pdf
provide a key tool for all agencies working
with young people to assist them when             Neglect Matters: A multi-agency guide for
working together to prevent young people          professionals working together on behalf
from being drawn into gangs, to support           of teenagers (March 2010)
those who have been drawn into the margins        The neglect of adolescents involves many
of gangs; and to protect those who are at         aspects of their lives e.g. what happens
immediate risk of harm either as members or       within their families; their health and
victims of gangs.                                 wellbeing; or their education. Working with
                                                  young people who have been neglected
This practice guidance is aimed at those who      inevitably involves more than one agency
work in voluntary and statutory services          and the expertise of their staff. Agencies and
across the children’s workforce, social care,     practitioners must work together.
crime prevention, police, prisons, probation,
offender management, health, education and        This guide aims to provide information and
all others whose work brings them into            signposts to good practice for those working
contact with children and young people.           in the area of adolescent neglect. Its central
                                                  concern is to contribute towards a better
It is intended to help agencies and               understanding of what adolescent neglect is
practitioners respond effectively to the needs    and to offer suggestions for ways of
of children and young people – girls and          improving multi-agency practice – but it is
young women, as well as boys and young            not a substitute for multi-agency training,
men – who are at risk of gang-related             although it may contribute towards it.
violence and harm. To that end, the guidance
outlines factors for agencies and practitioners   The guide is part of a DCSF/DH
to consider and processes to follow in terms      Safeguarding Children Research Initiative,
of identification, referral, and assessment and   carried as a partnership between York
support for young people who may be               University, Children’s Society and NSPCC.
affected by gang activity.                        http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/
It also looks at the reasons young people         PageMode=publications&ProductId=DCSF-
become involved in gangs, the particular          00247-2010&
risks associated with gang membership for         http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/
the young people and the risks of being           eOrderingDownload/00247-2010DOM-

Measures to be strengthened to prevent             An independent evaluation of the journey
the promotion of racism by teachers in              from an 'inadequate' Ofsted judgement, in
schools (12/03/10)                                  promotion of equal opportunities and racial
This independent review calls for an annual         equality, to 'good' should be conducted.
review on whether teachers belonging to            The reporting of racist incidents should be
racist organisations should be banned. It also      monitored for compliance by LAs and
calls for stronger measures to prevent the          subject to specific inspection and
promotion of racism by teachers in schools          evaluation by Ofsted.
but finds that current measures to protect         The TDA, the GTCE and NCSL should
pupils from racist teachers are sufficient.         share their expertise in establishing and
                                                    articulating consistent standards and
The review also says annual reporting of            conduct for teachers and school leaders
racist incidents should be monitored for            that explicitly promote equality and
compliance by LAs and Ofsted should report          diversity.
when schools are inadequate on equal               The Sec of State should keep these matters
opportunities and community cohesion.               under active review with annual reporting,
                                                    and liaise closely with other Government
Maurice Smith CB was asked to look into             departments, particularly those with policy
whether there was a need to ban teachers            responsibilities affecting children.
who were members of legitimate
organisations which may promote racism -          The current safeguards in place to protect
similar to bans in place in the police force      children and young people in maintained
and prison service. His review found that:        schools from discrimination or political
 over the last 7 years, only 4 teachers, and 2   indoctrination include:
  governors have been publicly identified as       a requirement for schools to have equal
  members of racist organisations and only 9        opportunities policies
  incidents of teachers making racist remarks      a duty to promote racial equality
  or holding racist materials have been            a statutory duty to promote community
  subject to GTCE disciplinary sanction;            cohesion
 measures in place in maintained schools          a duty on governing bodies, head teachers
  have less impact in independent schools           and local authorities to forbid the teaching
  which, by their very nature, have greater         of partisan political activities
  freedoms and are more lightly regulated.         disciplinary powers of the GTCE
                                                  The Secretary of State has accepted the
The review makes 6 recommendations:               recommendations in full and has asked
 Ofsted should consistently include a            Maurice Smith to conduct an additional
  specific reference in the school inspection     review looking at safeguards in place in
  report if a school is judged inadequate in      independent schools and see if measures can
  promoting equal opportunities or                be improved.
  community cohesion.                             http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?p
 The impact of the duties to promote equal       n_id=2010_0064
  opportunities and community cohesion            http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/mauricesmithreview/
  should have external evaluation to enable
  the Sec of State to maintain active review.

Violence Against Women and Girls:                Final reports on health aspects of violence
Advisory Group                                   against women and children (11/03/10)
 (08/03/10)                                      A taskforce was set up to identify the role
Teachers and professionals working with          and response of the NHS to violence against
children and young people will have new          women and children and advise on what
support and guidance to lead the way in          more could be done to meet their needs.
cracking down on violence against women
and girls, the Government has announced.         The Taskforce comprised a steering group
                                                 and 4 sub-groups covering sexual violence
Outlining the response to a report from the      against women, sexual abuse against
VAWG Advisory Group, the Government              children, harmful traditional practices and
confirmed plans to revise training for new       trafficking, and domestic violence.
teachers and to include VAWG issues in the
PSHE curriculum from 2011.                       An overarching report ‘Responding to
                                                 violence against women and children – the
The recommendations, accepted in full by         role of the NHS’ makes recommendations
the Government, include:                         around improving the early identification of
 guidance for schools to help prevent and       victims; enhancing the quality of and access
  respond to VAWG                                to services; raising awareness of violence
 all young people to be taught about gender     against women and children; training and
  equality and VAWG in PSHE as part of the       development; and partnership working.
  national curriculum
 clear advice for teachers on how to deal       In response, a new group has been set up to
  with suspected cases and referring young       help the NHS provide improved healthcare
  girls at risk to support services              for women and children who are victims of
 parents and carers to have access to support   violence, the Health Minister has announced.
  and advice to help them discuss VAWG
  with their children, and to signpost parents   The DH will raise awareness of the roles and
  of girls experiencing violence to further      responsibilities of NHS staff in treating
  advice and support.                            victims of violence and call for increased
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?p       vigilance of the variety of health issues that
n_id=2010_0058                                   may be a direct result of sexual violence
Full report                                      against women and children, domestic
http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/default.aspx?    violence and harmful traditional practices
PageFunction=productdetails&PageMode=p           and human trafficking.
ublications&ProductId=DCSF-00281-2010            http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.aspx?Ne
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Government response                              http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/Healt
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ublications&ProductId=DCSF-00288-2010&           http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/grou
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Independent Review of Teacher Supply               New training on teaching children with
for Pupils with Severe, Profound and                SLD will be developed by the TDA to
Multiple Learning Difficulties (Mar 2010)           ensure that every teacher has access to the
There are approx 38,000 school children in          quality professional development materials
England with SLD or PMLD, ¾ in special              that they need to develop their skills.
schools and the rest in mainstream schools.       http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/default.aspx?
This is a group of children with the most         PageFunction=productdetails&PageMode=p
complex needs, and they need to be taught         ublications&ProductId=DCSF-00195-2010&
by high quality, adaptable teachers, who are      http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/eOrderingDo
able to keep pace with their requirements.        wnload/00195-2010BKT-EN.pdf
Measures to provide better support for pupils     http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?p
with SEN and disabled children, announced         n_id=2010_0057
on 28/09/09, aim to make life easier for
parents and help their children maximise
their potential. The measures will test easier    Breaking the link between SEN and low
ways of assessing children with SEN and           attainment (March 2010)
there will be new guidance for schools to         Rises in school standards over recent years
tackle high exclusions of children with SEN.      mask the relative underperformance of the
                                                  very large proportion of school-aged children
As part of these measures, the Secretary of       who are currently identified as having SEN.
State commissioned Toby Salt to review the
supply of teachers trained to meet the needs      The purpose of this document is to raise
of children with SLD and PMLD. The                awareness and influence attitudes of school
Review has concentrated on recruitment and        headteachers, senior leadership teams and
retention of teachers, Initial Teacher Training   heads of school improvement. Its secondary
and Continuing Professional Development.          audience is the wider group of teachers, LA
                                                  professionals and other staff who support
In response to the review, which calls for        children with SEN.
more to be done to attract and retain teachers
who want to teach disabled children, Ed           It considers what works well for LAs and
Balls has announced:                              schools in improving outcomes for children
 Open discussions with Teach First to bring      with SEN. Key principles and guidance are
  top graduates into schools, particularly        suggested in areas of collaboration,
  special schools, allowing them to gain the      leadership, teaching strategies, engaging
  skills they need to teach severely disabled     parents, and wider wellbeing e.g. anti-
  children;                                       bullying.
 A new 6 month specialist course for new         http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/default.aspx?
  teachers to enable them to be better            PageFunction=productdetails&PageMode=p
  prepared for their first job working with       ublications&ProductId=DCSF-00213-2010
  children with SLD/PMLD;                         http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/eOrderingDo
 New arrangements to collect data on             wnload/00213-2010DOM-EN.pdf
  skilled teachers to manage supply               http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/wholeschool/s
  effectively for the future;                     en/

Breaking the Link - one year on update            simplifying procedures for issuing bail and
(March 2010)                                       dealing with those who breach it
At the ASCL conference in March 2009 the          reducing time spent dealing with detainees
DCSF published a document on policy and            by issuing guidance to chief constables on
practice to support attainment of children         making best use of short-term detention
eligible for Free School Meals - roughly the       facilities.
bottom 15% of the income distribution.           http://press.homeoffice.gov.uk/press-
This leaflet updates the FSM data and            Summary of Responses to the Consultation
analysis, and shows the impact of new            http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/co
policies and improved practice at national,      ns-2008-pace-review/
local and school level. It also reports on new
policies being implemented, and best             Your kids and alcohol (March 2010)
practice being developed in schools that will    A recent Drinkaware YouGov poll showed
help narrow the gaps even further.               over a third of 16 and 17 year-olds would
http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.   prefer to get information on alcohol from
aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMo          their parents. It’s best to start early -
de=publications&ProductId=DCSF-00293-            Drinkaware research shows children’s
2010&                                            openness to their parents’ influence changes
http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/eOrderi    dramatically as they grow up. Between the
ngDownload/00293-2010LEF-EN.pdf                  ages of 8 and 12, children generally accept
                                                 what their parents say about alcohol.
Review of the Police and Criminal
Evidence Act will cut police bureaucracy         From 13 onwards, young people increasingly
(04/03/10)                                       pay attention to their friends. However,
Plans to streamline police powers, cut red       parents may still have more leverage with
tape and increase the time officers can spend    their children than they might think.
on frontline duties were announced by HO
Minister David Hanson today.                     This leaflet sets out to answer questions
Measures in the review of PACE include           parents and their children may have about
giving chief constables greater powers to use    alcohol and offers advice and help to parents
back-office staff for routine tasks and          on how best to approach their children
simplifying pre-charge bail procedures.          regarding the subject.

The programme of changes to PACE was set         It outlines current government guidelines and
out after an 18-month public consultation        provides useful contacts for those parents
which found that the Act is valued and           that believe their child may have issues
endorsed by the police and the public            resulting from alcohol abuse.
supported the proposals. New measures            http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.
earmarked for the Act will help reduce           aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMo
bureaucracy and increase frontline time by:      de=publications&ProductId=BLNK-00076-
 increasing the flexibility of chief            2010&
  constables to use back-office staff for        http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/eOrderi
  appropriate routine tasks                      ngDownload/00076-2010DOM-EN.pdf

Sector-led safeguarding children                  Guide for New Dads
programme (Jan 2010)                              The Guide for New Dads, produced by the
This programme is designed to help local          Fatherhood Institute and funded by the
councils fulfil their safeguarding                DCSF, will be included in Bounty packs –
responsibilities. It is part of a sector-led      the packs of information, advice and samples
response in which local government takes          of baby care products given to parents at the
responsibility for its own improvement. The       birth of their children.
programme uses the skills and expertise of
members and officers in the sector. It is         The guide contains key information, top tips
delivered by the IDeA in partnership with the     and useful contacts for new fathers, under the
LGA, ADCS, C4EO and SCIE.                         following headings:
                                                   Welcome to fatherhood
IDeA is building on its expertise in providing     You and Mum – working together
support to councils, and offering:                 Your legal position
 peer reviews of local safeguarding               Earning and caring
  arrangements                                     Looking after your family’s health
 training and mentoring for councillors and       Communicating with your baby
  lead members                                    http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/index.php
 a guide to support scrutiny of safeguarding,    ?id=0&cID=1037
  developed with the Centre for Public            http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/grou
  Scrutiny                                        ps/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/document
 a pool of accredited peers and specialists to   s/digitalasset/dh_113743.pdf
  deliver customised support to councils and
  children’s trusts, including responding to      Adopt the Button (09/03/10)
  serious case reviews and Ofsted                 CEOP has said that all social networking
  inspections                                     providers need to adopt a one click button for
 the development of a ‘dashboard approach’       children to get immediate police help.
  to provide members and senior officers          ‘CLICKCEOP’, launched in 06 as an online
  with an overview of outcomes and risks in       button for young people to use whenever
  respect of safeguarding                         they are in danger online, has been adopted
 the programme will also offer an online         by hundreds of sites including MSN Live
  community of practice for safeguarding          Messenger in the UK and AOL BEBO.
  and our partners at C4EO and SCIE will
  develop materials and networks to share         By clicking on the link, children can access a
  knowledge and best practice                     range of advice and guidance from
 facilitating the 'keeping children and young    organisations such as the IWF, Childline,
  people safe in the community' theme of the      Beatbullying and GetSafeOnline, as well as
  Local Innovation scheme.                        CEOP's own specialist teams. Children can
http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pa        also use the link to make reports to CEOP's
geId=10482267                                     specialist police teams with over 500 reports
                                                  received each month. 4 a day are cases where
Anti-Bullying Week 2010                           a child is in immediate possible danger.
This year's Anti-Bullying Week will be 15th -     http://www.ceop.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressre
19th November. More information to follow.        leases/2010/ceop_09032010.asp

Getting into homework (March 2010)               their child’s education in the later stages of
This pack has been designed to help parents      the learning journey.
help their children with their learning.
Parents can make a difference to their child’s   It provides confidence-raising tips and
success, even by just spending a little more     encouragement to become proactive in
time with them. The pack contains some           supporting learning, homework and revision
helpful tools and ideas, designed for            and tools such as ‘conversation starters’ to
parents/carers to help children with their       encourage parents to have a regular dialogue
homework. It includes top tips and               with their teenager.
information about school.                        http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.
These resources, aimed at parents of children    de=publications&ProductId=DCSF-00143-
8 - 13, promote consistency and persistence      2010&
of communication around learning,                http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/eOrderi
encouraging ongoing contact with the school      ngDownload/Coaching-Manual.pdf
once the child has moved from Primary to
Secondary. It provides triggers, practical       Working together resources pack (March
solutions, ideas and encouragement to enable     2010)
parents to proactively support their child’s     These resources draw on outcomes from
learning in the home specifically around         research to identify what parents need to help
homework support.                                them effectively engage with their child’s
http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.   learning at home. They give parents practical
aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMo          ideas, tools and information to help them
de=publications&ProductId=DCSF-00142-            make homework and learning part of their
2010&                                            family routine.
ngDownload/Getting_Into_Homework.pdf             The pack provides user-friendly, interactive,
                                                 fun and familiar tools to inform parents
Coaching your teenager (March 2010)              around the value of communicating with
All parents want the best for their children     their child about learning and school, whilst
but as they grow older it can get more           providing the means to do so.
difficult as their learning changes and they
want to be more independent. This booklet        It provides practical exercises to encourage
can help parents find new ways to coach          imaginative development, storytelling and
their teenager, whether they are a parent,       problem solving and reinforces the idea of
carer or other family member. It is not about    reading together and enjoying reading as a
telling them what to do, or doing it for them,   part of everyday life.
it is about helping them find ways to help       http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/
themselves.                                      default.aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&
This document is aimed at parents of             00141-2010&
teenagers aged 14 to 19 and addresses            http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/
barriers to engagement (lack of time,            eOrderingDownload/Working_Together.pdf
confidence, not knowing how to help etc),
to help them to stay involved with

Think Family Pathfinders: Research               Extra money to help secure progress at
update (March 2010)                              ten schools (08/03/10)
Children experiencing poor outcomes often        Schools Minister Vernon Coaker announced
come from families who face multiple and         nearly £7m of extra funding to help secure
complex problems e.g. poverty, domestic          progress at 10 schools across the country.
abuse, poor mental health, substance misuse.     This signals ministers' approval of School
Co-ordinated, multiagency interventions can      Improvement Plans which has allowed the 10
be cost-effective in improving outcomes,         schools involved to become National
whilst reducing the burdens on local services    Challenge Trust Schools or National
and, potentially, the care system.               Challenge Federations.

This programme provides practical examples       A National Challenge Trust aims to
of how LAs are restructuring service             transform a school's performance by
provision and developing new working             harnessing the expertise and energy of a
practices in response to the challenges of       strong education partner, which will in turn
improving outcomes for these families.           appoint a majority of the schools' governing
http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/    body. A National Challenge Federation
default.aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&        involves 2 or more schools coming together
PageMode=publications&ProductId=DCSF-            under 1 governing body and sharing the
00140-2010&                                      benefits of partnership, including shared
http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/    teachers, resources and economies of scale.
EN.pdf                                           Ministers have approved 54 NCTs and 6
                                                 NCFs. £65m of the total £400m funding has
‘My Life, My Way’ - A Young Persons              been allocated to support National Challenge
Guide to Transition (04/03/10)                   structural solutions to help raise attainment.
Deputy Minister for Children (Wales) Huw         http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?p
Lewis has launched a new guidance leaflet        n_id=2010_0059
which gives young disabled people
information and advice on making choices         Painting the rainbow - Real stories about
about their future.                              working together in the
                                                 children and young people’s workforce
The leaflet, aimed at 14-25 year olds, aims to   (08/03/10)
guide young people through the options           This year's Share! projects have each focused
available such as college, training and          on a different arc of the One Children’s
employment. It highlights the professional       Workforce Framework. These stories will
support available, and information on            help all of us see how we can meet the arcs
helplines, various resources and interactive     in imaginative ways and move closer to an
websites.                                        integrated, reformed workforce.
http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/policy/do      http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/news/3407_s
cuments/researchandreports/13052.html            hare-resources-2010-launched
http://wales.gov.uk/topics/childrenyoungpeo      http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/assets/0000/8
ple/publications/transitionguide/?lang=en        467/MAG_5-02c.pdf
http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publications/    https://sharestreet.cwdcouncil.org.uk/Page.as
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Child protection reforms ‘risk red tape          Children in need in childcare - a survey of
overload’ (10/03/10)                             good practice (08/03/10)
Lord Laming’s report on child protection         High-quality childcare is important for all
makes 58 recommendations for improving           children, but it can make all the difference
the system. However, research                    for children in need. The best childcare
commissioned by the LGA from                     makes an important contribution to their
Loughborough university shows that the           lives by identifying specific requirements
most common reason social work teams feel        early on and helping to get the right support.
overloaded is an increase in statutory work –
more than staff vacancies or sickness            This report identifies some of the factors that
absences.                                        contributed to good outcomes for children in
                                                 need in a range of different types of early
The research suggests that a key                 years and childcare settings.
recommendation – that every referral from        http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-
another professional is followed up by a         home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-
formal initial assessment – would lead to a      by/Documents-by-type/Thematic-
91% increase in assessments, require around      reports/Children-in-need-in-childcare
2,000 extra social workers, and cost £75m a      http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/content/download/
year extra. The LGA is calling for this          10892/129408/file/Children%20in%20need
recommendation to be revised, and has set        %20in%20childcare.pdf
out a 5 point plan to ensure social work         http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-
reforms lead to the best possible CP systems     home/News/News-Archive/2010/March/The-
by:                                              best-childcare-now-gives-children-a-
 giving social workers more power to            brighter-future
  process referrals in the way which will best
  help the child;                                Equalities in action (08/03/10)
 having all professionals record information    This report identifies successful action taken
  in the same way;                               by providers of childcare, education and
 increasing the part played by other bodies,    learning to promote equality of opportunity.
  such as the police and health services, in     Childminders, nurseries, children’s centres,
  making decisions about a child’s needs;        providers of day care, schools and PRUs did
 reducing the 300 pages of guidance on CP       this by supporting children and young people
  to 100;                                        whose circumstances made them vulnerable
 providing interim government funding of        to underachievement. Colleges and providers
  £116m to councils, including £75m for the      of work-based learning or adult and
  increase in initial assessments should that    community learning enhanced the
  requirement remain.                            participation of vulnerable adults in learning
http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pag       and improved their achievement.
eId=9388746                                      http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-
http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pag       home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-
eId=9483837                                      by/Documents-by-type/Thematic-
http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/aio/9387423            reports/Equalities-in-action

Review of infant formula and follow-on           Influencing for Impact: A guide to
formula controls (11/03/10)                      influencing policy and politicians for
The Infant Formula and Follow on Formula         disabled children’s organisations
Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/3521) aimed to         (11/03/10)
reduce confusion for parents between infant      This guide has been written for the disabled
formula for exclusive feeding of babies          children’s voluntary sector and seeks to distil
during the first months of life and follow on    learning from some of the sector’s most
formula for babies aged 6 months and over.       experienced and successful lobbyists and
                                                 campaigners. It provides the staff and
A panel of experts was asked to "Assess          trustees of organisations with an interest in
whether the new controls on the way in           campaigning on issues for disabled children
which follow on formula is presented and         with an overview of the most effective
advertised have been effective in making         approaches to influencing national policy.
clear to parents/parents to be and carers that
advertisements for follow on formula are         The guide gives advice on how to use a
meant only for babies over 6 months and are      range of campaigning tools, including
not perceived or confused as infant formula      amendments to legislation, Early Day
advertising, which is prohibited".               Motions and Private Member’s Bill. It also
                                                 provides guidance on working with specific
The review found:                                individuals and political groups, such as
 The controls are having the desired effect,    MPs, Ministers, Select Committees and All
  but some adverts are not always clearly        Party Parliamentary Groups.
  understood as being for follow-on formula      http://www.ncb.org.uk/cdc/latest_news/news
  rather than infant formula                     _jan-
 There is not sufficient evidence of            jun_2010/disabled_children’s_charities.aspx
  confusion between infant formula and           http://www.ncb.org.uk/pdf/influencing_for_i
  follow-on formula to justify a ban on the      mpact.pdf
  advertising of follow-on formula
                                                 Examining implementation of the Stable
The review recommended:                          and Acute dynamic risk assessment tool
 Manufacturers should change advertising,       pilot in England and Wales (11/03/10)
  to make it clear that follow-on formula is     The NOMS piloted a new risk assessment
  intended for babies over 6 months.             tool (Stable and Acute) for sexual offenders
 Any problems encountered with the              managed in the community in 08/09. It was
  enforcement of the regulations should be       used by police and probation staff managing
  addressed through clearer guidance for         eligible offenders.
  enforcement bodies.
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstat      This evaluation examines the tool’s benefits
istics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGu      and limitations and how it was implemented
idance/DH_113825                                 in pilot areas. It also gives recommendations
http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/grou         for future dynamic risk assessment.
ps/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/document         http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/sexua
s/digitalasset/dh_113823.pdf                     l-offenders-risk.htm
http://www.food.gov.uk/healthiereating/nutc      http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/
omms/infformreview/                              sexual-offenders-risk.pdf

‘I Stand for Children’ Campaign                    New inspection framework promoting
(March 2010)                                       improvement for schools and children
The NSPCC wants the next UK Govt to:               (10/03/10)
 continue to fund helpline services               Ofsted carried out 2,140 school inspections
 make the internet safer for children -           Sept – Dec 09. The new inspection regime is
  devise an action plan on how to combat use       focussing more on weaker provision, and
  of peer-to-peer software for distribution of     good and outstanding schools are now
  CSA images; provide training for those           inspected less frequently. So, fewer schools
  who work with online offenders to help           that were outstanding or good at their last
  manage the risks they pose                       inspection were chosen for inspection in the
 tackle domestic violence from a child’s          autumn. This means that these results cannot
  point of view - training and adequate            be taken as reflecting the general quality of
  support services                                 provision across all schools.
 ensure CP reforms are carried out so:
  - CP funding is protected;                       The figures show that, through the
  - professionals know how to deal with            combination of raised expectations and the
    neglect;                                       selection of a greater number of weaker
  - children are seen on their own by              schools for inspection, the proportion of
    concerned professionals                        schools judged to be good or outstanding
  - professionals are supported so that they       was 49%. 40% were graded as satisfactory
    spot the signs of child abuse                  and 10% were inadequate.
 ensure adequate resources for vital              http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-
  therapeutic services for children who            home/News/New-inspection-framework-
  have experienced abuse                           promoting-improvement-for-schools-and-
 strengthen the role of the Children’s            children
  Commissioner in England
http://www.istandforchildren.com/stand/cam         Ofsted’s consultation on arrangements for
paign_details                                      inspecting LA and area outcomes and
                                                   services for safeguarding children and
Currency options for the Healthy Child             young people and for looked after children
Programme: Transforming Community                  (11/03/10)
Services (11/03/10)                                Equality impact assessment
This tool for commissioners of community           http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-
services that contribute to the first 5 years of   home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-
the HCP can be used to develop a more              by/Documents-by-type/Equality-Impact-
transparent approach to paying for these           Assessments/Inspection-Insight-
services. This will reward quality and             Directorate/Ofsted-s-consultation-on-
productivity, and encourage activity which         arrangements-for-inspecting-local-authority-
promotes the aims and outcomes of the HCP.         and-area-outcomes-and-services-for-
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstat        safeguarding-children-and-young-people-
istics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGu        and-for-looked-after-children
idance/DH_113833                                   http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/content/download/
http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/grou           10917/129666/file/Consultation%20inspectin
ps/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/document           g%20LA%20and%20AOS%20for%20safegu
s/digitalasset/dh_113832.pdf                       arding%20CYP%20and%20for%20LAC.pdf

SI 622 - The Local Safeguarding Children          The Review of Elective Home Education:
Boards (Amendment) Regulations 2010               Government Response to the Committee's
A children’s services authority (LA) in           Second Report of Session 2009-10 -
England must take reasonable steps to ensure      Children, Schools and Families
that the LSCB includes representatives of         Committee
relevant persons and bodies of such               http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm
descriptions as may be prescribed.                200910/cmselect/cmchilsch/423/42302.htm

This SI amends existing regulations to            Facebook joins IWF
prescribe: the governing body of a                Facebook announced on Safer Internet Day
maintained school; the proprietor of a non-       that it has become a member of the Internet
maintained special school; the proprietor of a    Watch Foundation, the independent self-
city technology college, a city college for the   regulatory body funded by the EU and the
technology of the arts or an Academy; and         wider online industry to combat illegal
the governing body of a FE institution the        online content.
main site of which is in the LA’s area.           http://www.iwf.org.uk/media/news.281.htm
_20100622_en.pdf                                  Female genital mutilation
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2010/uksi_2010        In the UK, it is estimated that up to 24,000
0622_en_1                                         girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM.
                                                  Across government work is taking place to
SI 590 - The Children’s Trust Board               tackle this cruel and brutal practice. You can
(Relevant Partners) (Exceptions)                  find information here about FGM and also
(England) Regulations 2010                        advice on what to do if you are worried that
When the regs come into effect on 01/04/10,       you or someone you know is at risk.
a SHA need not be represented on CTB.             http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2010/em/uksiem        abroad/when-things-go-wrong/fgm/

SI 591 - The Children’s Trust Board
(Children and Young People’s Plan)
(England) Regulations 2010
When the regs come into force on 01/04/10,
all CTBs must prepare and publish a
Children and Young People’s Plan by
01/04/11. The CYPP will set out the agreed
joint strategy for Board partners to co-
operate with each other with a view to
improving C&YP’s well-being.


Education (Recoupment) (England)                  Social and emotional wellbeing -
Regulations 2010 (08/03/10)                       vulnerable children at home (12/03/10)
This consultation seeks views on proposed         NICE is developing public health
new regulations for recoupment in England,        intervention guidance on social and
which update the Education (Inter-Authority)      emotional wellbeing and vulnerable pre-
Recoupment Regulations [England and               school children: home-based interventions
Wales] 1994 (SI 1994/3251) in accordance          All registered stakeholders for the above
with changes to primary legislation.              public health intervention guidance are
                                                  invited to comment on the draft scope.
Respondents are invited to comment on
whichever elements of the proposed                Closing Date: 13th April 2010
regulations relate to their area of interest or   http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?a
expertise.                                        ction=folder&o=47836

Closing Date: 31st May 2010                       Social and emotional wellbeing: early
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/index.c      education and daycare (12/03/10)
fm?action=consultationDetails&consultation        NICE is developing public health
Id=1711&external=no&menu=1                        intervention guidance on social and
                                                  emotional wellbeing of vulnerable pre-school
The Health Care Workers (Duty of                  children: early education and day care
Cooperation) Regulations 2010 (04/03/10)          All registered stakeholders for the above
These draft regulations will impose duties on     public health intervention guidance are
designated bodies, including employers and        invited to comment on the draft scope.
contractors of health care workers, in all        Closing Date: 13th April 2010
sectors, and regulatory bodies, relating to       http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?a
sharing information about the conduct or          ction=folder&o=47832
performance of health care workers to
protect patient safety. The regulations           Spasticity in Children (12/03/10)
require appropriate safeguards in place when      NICE have been asked to develop a clinical
relevant information is shared.                   practice guideline on Spasticity in Children
                                                  for use in the NHS in England, Wales and
This consultation follows publication of the      NI. The draft scope defines what aspects of
Tackling Concerns Locally Information             care the guideline will cover and to whom it
Management Subgroup Report published in           will apply. Registered stakeholders for this
March 2009.                                       guideline are invited to submit comments on
                                                  the scope and may suggest clinical questions
Closing Date: 4th June 2010                       that could be answered in the guideline.
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Consultations/Live        Closing Date: 9th April 2010
consultations/DH_113563                           http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/index.jsp?a

                               Consultations (continued)

A joint DFID/DCSF Global Learning
Strategy for Schools (08/03/10)
Global learning means that the 21st century
curriculum should encourage learners to be
aware of global issues, enable them to
evaluate information and events from a
global perspective and to realise their
individual responsibilities in an
interdependent world. DFID and DCSF want
all children and young people to be prepared
for life in an interdependent world, to be
empowered to engage with the global
challenges they will face and to be
encouraged to take action as global citizens.

The draft strategy outlines a number of
deliverables: a new governance structure; a
new programme of support for schools; a
new global teaching website; a new approach
to the International School Award; a new
approach to evaluating impact; and a new
communication strategy.
Closing Date: 31st May 2010

Counting the Costs (10/03/10)
Contact a Family are conducting a survey
which looks at the financial situation of
families with disabled children in the UK.
The survey will help Contact a Family to
raise awareness of the money worries
specific to the families they support and to
campaign for change.

A similar survey was conducted in 2008
which found that 1 in 6 families were going
without food and heating.


Child Protection & Asylum/Refugee                 Meeting your responsibilities for Looked
Children Conference                               After Children
5th May 2010          Cardiff                     13th May 2010          £299 - £399 + VAT
For further information, please contact           This conference will help Designated
bookings@childreninwales.org.uk                   Teachers and those responsible for
http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/12643.ht        improving educational outcomes of Children
ml                                                in Care to:
                                                   Effectively collect and analyse data to
Supporting Victims Of Domestic Violence             track the progress of LAC
& Their Dependants - Helping frontline             Drive forward partnership working to
social care practitioners effectively protect       ensure your Looked After students receive
and support service users from abuse                the support they need
13th May 2010         London      £179 - £279      Build self-esteem and resilience in your
This conference explores the latest policy          LAC to help them achieve their potential
and effective interventions in the lives of        Implement 1 - 1 tuition to boost learning of
people who suffer from domestic violence.           LAC students and help close the gap
In particular, it considers new thinking on        Successfully develop high quality PEPs to
how abused women can be supported to stay           support the progress of the child
in their own homes with their families but         Understand information sharing and
without having to suffer the consequences of        confidentiality issues
a violent partner; and it explores the            http://www.sen-for-
connections between domestic violence and         schools.co.uk/resources/MEL-Sec10C-
a range of other social work concerns             EP303-Order.htm
including child neglect. New ideas will be
showcased in a programme of workshops as
part of the conference.                           Working Together Better seminar series:
                                                  Schools and school nurses
Attend this event to gain practical insights on   23rd March 2010         London         Free
key topics including:                             If you are interested in exploring how to
 How to carry out safe and successful            improve collaborative work between teachers
  identification and interventions                and school nurses, this seminar will enable
 Effective multi-agency approaches and           participants to:
  working with whole families                      explore, collaboratively, their analysis of
 Good practice in supporting affected              what supports and impedes their work
  children and young people                         together
 How to meet the needs of disabled women          hear about and interrogate the latest
  experiencing domestic violence                    research on the relationship between
 Funding domestic violence services                schools and nurses, and consider its
http://www.conferencesandtraining.com/dom           implications for their work
estic-violence                                     influence policy makers

                               Conferences (continued)

Evidence-Based Assessment with Disabled           This conference will:
Children & Families                                help LSCBs to convert their commitment
20th May 2010       London      £145 + VAT          to involving children and young people
Understanding the disabled child in their           into specific activities and models of
family and wider context is a key task for          working
clinicians and practitioners. To provide           provide a range of tools and methods for
helpful services and interventions requires         participation, through showcases and live
effective evidence-based assessment of a            consultations
child or young person’s needs, the                 model the benefits of including young
parenting/care they are receiving and the           people in LSCB activity by involving
wider family and environmental factors              young people directly in the conference.
affecting the children themselves or their        http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/newsandeve
parents/carers.                                   nts/CPConferences/take_a_break_from_insp
This conference aims to:
 Examine key themes in assessing disabled        Identify Risk Early On and Keep Children
  children and their families, including          Safe
  safeguarding disabled children                  29th June 2010       London
 Present evidence-based assessment tools         £249 - £549 + VAT
  and approaches specifically tailored for
  disabled children and their families and        This event brings together professionals and
  their application in practice                   experts from key partner agencies to tackle
 Explore effective interventions and support     the fundamental safeguarding issues, and
  for disabled children and their families        share best practice on how you can work
http://www.childandfamilytraining.org.uk/co       together and develop early intervention
nference2010.pdf                                  solutions to better safeguard children. Plus,
                                                  in-depth workshops on domestic violence, e-
Take a break from inspectors: Let                 safety, neglect, children in care, sexual abuse
children talk to your LSCB                        and substance and alcohol misuse.
17th June 2010       Leeds     £150 - £175        http://www.haymarketevents.com/conference
Members of LSCBs know how vital it is to          Detail/460/identify-risk-early-keep-children-
get children and young people involved in         safe
their activities. Working Together talks about    http://www.baspcan.org.uk/other-events.php
ensuring that their views and opinions are
consulted when planning and delivering
safeguarding and promoting welfare

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