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					                              SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
                             INFORMATION UPDATE – 217
                                   26th June 2012

Bureaucracy axed to put vulnerable                New  guidance on Serious Case Reviews to
children first (12/06/12)                         help all services properly learn the lessons
Frontline professionals working to keep           from them. The guidance proposes changes
children safe from harm will be freed from        so SCRs get to the heart of what happened
pointless bureaucracy that has stifled their      in a particular case and why, and set out
judgment for too long, under radical plans        what improvements need to be made to
announced by the Government today.                help prevent recurrence.

The Government published its plans to            Today’s consultation follows Professor
overhaul the child protection system axing       Eileen Munro’s review, which said the child
hundreds of pages of instruction manuals and     protection system was overly focused on
replacing it with short, precise guidance and    compliance and too dependent on central
checklists clearly listing roles and             prescription and rigid procedures.
Ministers want to create a culture that places   See Consultations
trust in health professionals, teachers, early
years professionals, youth workers, police       Safeguarding of children debated by MPs
and social workers, so they can get on with      (14/06/12)
their vital work, without being hampered by      Shadow Secretary of State for
unnecessary rules and targets.                   Education, Stephen Twigg, moved an
                                                 Opposition day debate in the House of
The Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said        Commons on 13/06/12 on safeguarding
professionals must now step-up to the            children.
challenge and lead the reforms. He
published a consultation calling for views on    The Opposition motion states "That this
the following:                                   House notes the updated statutory guidance
 Radically reduced guidance that clearly        to safeguard and promote the welfare of
  states the law so all organisations know       children published on 12 June 2012; and
  what they and others must do to protect        calls on the Government to ensure that the
  children. It does not tell professionals how   needs of the child are at the centre of all
  to do their job, but provides a checklist      assessments and decision-making processes
  setting out their duties.                      regarding safeguarding.."
 New guidance on undertaking assessments
  of children in need. The guidance proposes     The DfE has published a consultation on the
  to replace nationally prescribed timescales    new guidance on its website.
  for assessments with a more flexible 
  approach focused on the needs of each          2/june/opposition-debate-on-safeguarding-
  child.                                         children/

Cafcass care demand statistics May 2012            Invitation to tender: Disabled children
(12/06/12)                                         and young people’s experiences of low
Care application demand has remained at a          income and its impact on children’s rights
very high level. Between April 2012 and            (12/06/12)
May 2012 Cafcass received a total of 1,727         The OCC is inviting tenders for research on
applications. This figure is 14.1% higher          the views and experience of disabled
when compared to the same period last year.        children and young people living in
                                                   households with different levels of low
Applications received during the two month         income. The Research objectives are to:
period have been the highest ever recorded         1. explore the way income impacts on a
by Cafcass for these individual months, with          disabled children and young peoples lives;
the 972 applications received in May 2012          2. gain a deep understanding of how
being the highest ever recorded for a single          disabled children, young people and their
month.                                                families understand low income, poverty              and rights and the relationship between
care_statistics.aspx                                  them;
                                                   3. better understand the range of household
Proposals to enable children to see both              incomes required for a disabled child to
their parent are launched (13/06/12)                  realise their rights as defined by the
Plans to strengthen the law so children               UNCRC, and determine whether existing
continue to see both parents, if they separate,       definitions of poverty are adequate for this
have been put forward by ministers.                   group of children;
                                                   4. develop a methodology for looking at the
The Government believes that where it is              relationship between rights and poverty
safe and in the child’s best interest, the law        from the experience and perspective of
should make it clearer that children benefit          young people that could be used in
from having both parents actively involved            relation to other groups of children living
in their lives, with both sharing responsibility      in low income households; and
in decisions about their upbringing. The           5. produce a report that illustrates the above
majority of parents who separate reach their          and informs the child poverty debate with
own agreements for their children. However,           a human/ children’s rights perspective.
Ministers are concerned that when disputes
arise one of the first things that can be          Deadline for responses: 9 July 2012
overlooked is ensuring children have a strong
relationship with both parents.                    ontent/publications/content_577
releases/moj/proposals-to-enable-                  School Census 2013 (18/06/12)
children-to-see-both-their-parent-are-             Updated technical documentation and
launched                                           guidance for the 2013 School Census
See Consultations

Parents warned not to buy dangerous fake         The fun kit complements ESC’s children’s
digital thermometers from the Internet           website, which aims to support teachers
(15/06/12) Investigators from the MHRA           delivering key stages of the science/PSHE
have seized over 400 fake digital                curriculum associated with electricity and,
thermometers as part of a UK-wide operation      specifically electrical safety.
to prevent unapproved medical devices being
sold over the internet.                          are/news/safety-signpost-free-electrical-
Some of these fake thermometers were being
sold cheaply online for 99p and they do not
have appropriate CE safety markings,             ‘How well are the All-Wales Core Data
warnings or instructions for use to prevent      Sets used to inform self-evaluation and
them endangering people’s health. They are       planning for improvement?’ (12/06/12)
likely to give inaccurate readings, posing a     Increasingly, schools across Wales are
serious threat to the health of adults and       making good use of ‘The All-Wales Core
small children who have potentially killer       Data Sets’ to help to evaluate their own
illnesses such as meningitis.                    performance and identify areas for
                                                 improvement, according to Estyn, the
The fake thermometers have no recognised         education and training inspectorate for
brand name and can be recognised by              Wales.
missing information on the packaging:
 No instructions for use leaflet is with the    This report shows that primary and
  product                                        secondary schools are now benchmarking
 No lot or batch identification number is       their performance against similar schools and
  listed                                         sharing good practice more often.
 No CE mark is affixed
 No manufacturer or European                    Since the Welsh Government introduced the
  representative details are listed              core data sets in 2009, schools have been
 No four digit identification number to show    grouped into ‘families’ of similar schools
  that the device has been through the           based on the percentage of pupils entitled to
  appropriate safety assessment                  free school meals, those with SEN         statements and other socio-economic factors.
eleases/CON155710                                Schools know the names of the other schools
                                                 in their family so that they can contact
                                                 higher-performing schools in their family to
Safety signpost: Free electrical safety fun      seek advice.
kits (14/06/12)                        
The Electrical Safety Council has produced a     -new/core-data-sets-help-schools-to-
fun kit which is aimed at children 4 – 8 years   improve-their-self-evaluation-and-planning-
of age to make learning about electrical         for-improvement/?offset=1
safety both fun and educational. The re-
usable kit includes a house plan drawing,
stickers, badges, an electrical safety poster
and a spot the hazards sheet.

Government supports decade of social              service and others involved in child
action opportunities for young Britons            protection and the criminal justice process:
(13/06/12)                                         There is a link between those who possess
Plans are being launched to look at mapping         child abuse images and those who go on to
out a social action journey which will point        commit contact offences against a child,
young people from the ages of 10 - 20 to            although more research is required to fully
opportunities such as the Scouts, Cadets,           assess and quantify the link;
National Citizen Service (NCS) or the Duke         At the forefront of all indecent image
of Edinburgh Awards, which are available to         possession investigations should be the
them in their communities.                          notion that any case may result in the
                                                    identification of a victim of contact abuse.
By forging better links between business and        No firm intelligence or evidence that an
the voluntary sector it will make it easier for     individual has child abuse images in their
young people to access social action                possession can ever be disregarded;
opportunities and learn new skills which will      The size of a image collection and the
help them in their future careers. It will also     severity of the abuse in the images should
reconnect them to their neighbourhoods and          not be taken as the sole indicator of risk,
give them the sense of civic responsibility         moreover, access and opportunity to
and pride for where they live.                      children should be taken into consideration
                                                    by investigating officers;
The PM has asked Dame Julia Cleverdon              The Kent Internet Risk Assessment Tool is
and Amanda Jordan OBE to identify how the           the most rigorously tested assessment tool
Government, business, the voluntary and             currently available to police forces and it
education sectors can work together to              therefore represents good practice for the
support a decade of social action for young         prioritizing workloads;
people, which will:                                More police and child protection resources
 create opportunities for social and               should be set aside for victim identification
  intergenerational mixing;                         work from indecent image collections.
 increase young people’s sense of social
  responsibility; and                             Centre/Press-releases/2012/A-Picture-of-
 improve their skills and value to future        Abuse/
  employers.        Children’s Hospice and Hospice-at-Home
nment-supports-decade-social-action-              Grant 2012/13 (19/06/12)
opportunities-young-britons                       The Government recognises the importance
                                                  of the palliative care sector in supporting
A Picture of Abuse (14/06/12)                     children and families with palliative care
This report published from CEOP underlines        needs. The DH has continued its
the significant risk posed by those who           commitment to providing £10m annually to
possess indecent images of children.              40 children’s hospices in England through
                                                  the Children’s Hospice and Hospice-at-
The report makes a number of conclusions          Home Grant.
and recommendations, focusing on the ways
in which this risk is managed by the police       ns-hospice-grants/

Child Poverty in the UK: The report on            families and children in their area. LAs
the 2010 target (14/06/12)                        should not intervene in providers’ private
This report shows that the number of              business outside of the free entitlement.
children living in relative income poverty in
2010/11 was reduced to 2.3m, 600,000 short        andard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-00066-
of the number required to meet the                2012
Government’s target to halve child poverty
by 2010.                                          DfE: Pupil Absence in Schools in England
                                                  - Autumn Term 2011
The report shows that the evidence                The key points from the latest release are:
consistently demonstrates that the best routes     The proportion of pupils who were
out of poverty are through achievement in           persistent absentees across state-funded
education and work. Income matters, but it is       primary and secondary schools decreased,
also about addressing barriers to employment        from 1% to 0.8, the lowest level over the
and ensuring that every family has the skills       last 5 years.
and opportunity to succeed, compete for            The overall absence rate across state-
good jobs and lift themselves out of poverty.       funded primary and secondary schools
Until the root causes of poverty are tackled,       decreased, from 6.1% to 4.7%, the lowest
it will not be eradicated.                          level over the last 5 years.
ngpeople/families/childpoverty/a00210329/c        SFR/s001066/index.shtml
                                                  Building a safe and confident future:
Statutory Guidance for English LAs on             Maintaining momentum - Progress report
the Delivery of Free Early Education for 3        from the Social Work Reform Board
and 4 Year Olds and Securing Sufficient           (15/06/12)
Childcare (May 2012)                              The social work profession is more confident
This statutory guidance, effective from           and more focused on improving outcomes
01/09/12, seeks to assist LAs, providers and      for the most vulnerable, Chair of the Social
parents by making it clear:                       Work Reform Board Moira Gibb said in her
 what outcomes different measures are            final report. The report marks 2 years of
  seeking to achieve, which should guide          work by the Social Work Reform Board
  local authorities in their interpretation of    implementing the recommendations of the
  the guidance;                                   Social Work Task Force, which included
 what is a legal duty required by legislation;   comprehensive reform of the social work
  and,                                            system to enable social workers to practise
 what LAs should as a matter of course do to     confidently and safely.
  fulfil their statutory responsibilities and
  ensure effective delivery.                      enews/a00210347/final-social-work-reform-
This guidance does not prescribe matters
which are rightly for local determination;        andard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-00067-
LAs must work with providers to plan and          2012
manage local provision to meet the needs of

Foundations for Quality (19/06/12)                 No individual LA will be identified in the
Equipping staff with the right skills is the       exercise.
key to ensuring better quality early years
education – this is the finding of Professor       The data collection will look at the numbers
Cathy Nutbrown’s independent review of             of children being matched and the timescales
early education and childcare. She sets out        involved, including for those children who
19 recommendations to improve the skills           previously have proved harder to match. We
and knowledge of those who work with               will also gather data on the numbers of
young children.                                    prospective adopters, the timescales
                                                   for approval and matching.
The report’s other recommendations include:
 Improving qualifications to make them            Officials will be in contact with LA looked
  more rigorous and demanding, with a              after children data contacts about collecting
  stronger focus on child development.             the information by the end of this month.
 A focus on improving the delivery of             The first data collection will cover the
  qualifications so that tutors have the           quarter April to June and we will be asking
  support to improve their skills and maintain     LAs to respond in July.
  the current experience of the sector.  
 Asking the early years sector to lead on         ngpeople/families/adoption/a00210471/tim-
  mentoring new staff, to support them as          loughton-writes-to-local-authorities
  they enter work and make sure students
  learn from good practice.                        Statutory guidance and regulations on
 Build on progress to encourage graduate          exclusion (21/06/12)
  leadership in the sector, through Early          New arrangements for school exclusion
  Years Professional Status, as part of the        come into force in September 2012. These
  move towards more teachers in the early          will apply to any pupil excluded on or after 1
  years.                                           September 2012 from a maintained school,
 That the Government should not impose a          academy school / Free School, alternative
  licensing system for the sector at this stage.   provision academy / Free School or pupil         referral unit in England.
enews/a00210425/nubrownpn         Revised regulations and guidance for those
ches/a00210418/nutbrownrevspeech                   with legal responsibilities in relation to       exclusion are now available.
2012                                               ory/g00210521/statutory-guidance-regs-2012

Adoption data collection (19/06/12)                Disclosure and Barring Scheme (21/06/12)
Letter from Tim Loughton MP about a                The HO has launched a leaflet highlghting
reform programme to transform the                  important changes which the Government
experience of children on their journey to         will be making to criminal records and
adoption - he is introducing a voluntary           barring arrangements this September (2012),
quarterly data collection exercise, focusing       and how they affect you.
on children and prospective adopters going
through the adoption process.                      px?page=502

DfE - new approach to advice and                  range of information and helpful but optional
guidance (16/06/12)                               content such as case studies, top tips and
In order to ensure that its guidance and          toolkits to illustrate good practice and
advisory content is succinct, clearly labelled    evidence of ‘what works’, or to show how,
and clearly expressed, the DfE has created 3      for example, a school has implemented a
distinct categories of content:                   particular duty.

Statutory guidance                                The DfE has abolished the category of non-
Guidance is produced on powers and                statutory guidance. If something is labelled
duties arising from statute. In the case of a     as guidance then by definition it is statutory
duty recipients must do what the statute says.    and you must have regard to it. We will no
The statute will tell them what their powers      longer use this term in new and revised
and duties are. Guidance is produced to tell      documents, although it may still be found in
them how those powers and duties should be        old documents that are awaiting revision.
Where a recipient has an obligation to ‘have      approach-to-advice-and-guidance
regard to’ guidance they should exercise the
powers and duties which are the subject of        Small Area Pupil Absence by Pupil
the guidance in the way it says they should,      Characteristics in England, 2010/11
unless they have a good reason not to. This is    The tables provide 2010/11 information on
the case for the majority of guidance.            pupil residency-based pupil absence broken
                                                  down by gender.
Departmental advice
Advice is produced in very specific cases         The key points are:
e.g. to help recipients understand what            Levels of persistent absence amongst pupils
complex or wide-ranging statutory                   in secondary schools are generally higher
provisions mean in practice and what needs          among pupils living in the north of the
to be done to comply with them, as well as          country than those living in the south.
advice on other duties or areas of                  There is greater variation across the regions
responsibilities which are not set out in           for pupils in primary schools with the West
statute, including public law duties, for           Midlands having the highest level of
example.                                            persistent absence and the South East the
The DfE will only produce advice where we          In all schools, pupils in Yorkshire and the
feel it would be unreasonable not to give it or     Humber have the highest level of
where we know there is demand for it. There         unauthorised absence (1.3% of half days
is no requirement in any statute for recipients     missed), but not the highest level of overall
to have regard to, or follow the advice.            absence which is in the North East (6.1%).
                                                    Pupils in London have the lowest levels of
Supplementary content                               overall absence (5.5%) but a relatively high
Unlike ‘statutory guidance’ and                     level of unauthorised absence (1.2%)
‘departmental advice’ documents will not be         compared to pupils in other regions.
labelled as ‘supplementary content’ - this
term is simply used to describe a wide            SFR/s001069/index.shtml

No place for bullying (19/06/12)                  This version has been updated to apply to
Ofsted has published a report that looks at       inspections from April 2012. This provides
what schools can do to create a positive          minor updates to the September 2011 version
school culture and to prevent and tackle          in order to address changes arising from the
bullying.                                         Equality Act 2010.
An important aspect of the survey was   
inspectors’ focus on pupils’ own experiences
and understanding of bullying and its effects.    Common inspection framework for
Inspectors asked pupils what they would do        further education and skills 2009
if they were bullied, whether they had been       (19/06/12)
bullied while at their current school and how     This document is a summary of the key
well they thought their school dealt with         features of the full common inspection
bullying.                                         framework, which sets out the judgements
                                                  inspectors will make during inspection.
Training for staff was an important aspect of
the schools’ work to prevent and tackle           From September 2012 a revised framework
bullying. The training that the majority of       will be introduced.
schools had provided on bullying tended to
be general and did not always focus on the
different types of bullying that could occur,     Ofsted announces major review of access
such as homophobic bullying. This led to          and achievement in education (15/06/12)
some staff not feeling wholly confident to        In a speech to the National College annual
tackle all types of incident.                     conference, Sir Michael Wilshaw, HMCI,         launched a major new review of access and
more-help-tackle-bullying-schools-0               achievement in education. The review will            focus on the issues facing deprived
place-for-bullying                                communities and will aim to provide radical
                                                  new solutions to what are long standing and
Handbook for the inspection of further            deep seated problems.
education and skills from September 2009
(19/06/12)                                        announces-major-review-of-access-and-
This handbook provides guidance on                achievement-education-0
inspection for inspectors and will be of use to
colleges and providers of FE; work-based          A good education for all - key changes for
learning; adult and community learning; and       schools (20/06/12)
nextstep provision. There is a separate           Ofsted has published a revised
handbook for inspecting judicial services.        school inspection framework and grade
                                                  descriptors for implementation in September
The handbook replaces all previous separate       2012.
guidance for colleges and wider remit             This leaflet sets out the main features of
inspections, but not judicial services. It        Ofsted inspections from September,
includes reference to the new common              including the key changes, for ease of
inspection framework 2009 with new                reference.
guidance on, for example, the inspection
of safeguarding and equality and diversity.       education-for-all-key-changes-for-schools

Official statistics: Early years and              In its current form, the legislation covering
childcare registered providers inspections        the scheme provides for full reimbursement
and outcomes (21/06/12)                           of the cost of the milk. While childcare
This page has statistics on the inspection        providers are encouraged to seek value for
of early years and childcare providers in         money, there are cases where this is not be
England.                                          happening.
statistics-early-years-and-childcare-             The consultation explores 4 different options
registered-providers-inspections-and-             to reform the scheme:
outcomes                                           leave the scheme as it currently exists;
                                                   cap the price that can be claimed for milk
The framework for school inspection from            by childcare providers;
September 2012 (20/06/12)                          issue e-voucher cards which childcare
This framework sets out the statutory basis         providers can use to purchase milk; or
for inspections conducted under section 5 of       introduce a government contract with an
the Education Act 2005 (as amended), from           external provider to directly supply and
September 2012. It summarises the main              deliver milk to all childcare providers.
features of school inspections and describes
how the general principles and processes of       The consultation will also seek views on the
inspection are applied to maintained schools,     price, access, voucher schemes, supply and
academies and some other types of school in       claims procedures.
England.                                        ure-of-free-nursery-milk-secured/
rk-for-school-inspection-september-2012           See Consultations

Future of free nursery milk secured               New working group to help families juggle
(18/06/12)                                        work and caring responsibilities (21/06/12)
Plans to secure the future of a fair and cost     Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow, has
effective way to offer free milk to all nursery   announced a new government and employers
children was set out today by Public Health       working group to help give carers the
Minister Anne Milton as she launched a            support they need to stay in work alongside
consultation on how the scheme operates.          their caring responsibilities.

Figures show that the Government is               The group will explore how employers,
spending up to 92p for a pint of milk through     statutory services and providers can work
the scheme while most consumers can pick          better together. It will look at how reform
up one up for 45p – almost half the price.        and innovation in the social care system, and
                                                  stimulation of the market in care services,
The current scheme has been running since         could help provide staff with the support
the 1940s and the Government is committed         they need.
to continuing to provide free milk for all
nursery children. But analysis shows              working-group-to-help-families-juggle-
modernising the operation of the scheme           work-and-caring-responsibilities/
could save up to £20m each year.

Children, Families and Maternity e-             The pack developed for 6-11 year olds,
bulletin – June 2012 (20/06/12)                 encourages them to think about how and why
This edition features information about:        images may have been altered and the effect
 Healthy Child Programme and Early Years       this can have on their own body image. It
 Child Health                                  also explores how ideas about the 'perfect'
 Vulnerable Children                           body have changed through the ages and
 Ill and Disabled Children                     offers tips for parents on how to talk to their
 Children and Young People’s Mental            child about the subject.
  Health and Emotional Wellbeing      
 Conferences and Events                        centre/news/media-smart-parent-pack
 Sources of information
 Feedback and Contributions                    Call for practice examples - extension        The YJB is calling for examples of practice
bulletin-june-2012/                             to assist in its delivery against the following:
                                                 Programme evaluation techniques
CEOP target 'anonymous' online child sex         Working with young people with conduct
offenders (21/06/12)                              disorders, developmental disorders and
CEOP has launched an annual review, future        mental health conditions
plan and threat assessment, highlighting that    Working with perpetrators, victims and
a key area of attention in the coming year        witnesses of domestic abuse
will be those who share indecent images of       Working with girls in the youth justice
children and try to hide their digital            system (to include any necessary overlaps
footprints in online environments where           with gangs and serious youth violence)
other sex offenders operate.
                                                Closing Date: 27th July 2012
Other key threat areas the Centre will be
prioritising include:
 Those who produce, distribute and possess     Briefing on revised Working Together to
  child abuse images                            Safeguard Children and related guidance
 Targeting sex offenders who are exploiting    New guidance on effective multi-agency
  children’s vulnerability online               working to safeguard children has been
 Travelling sex offenders                      released for consultation, representing a
 Group and gang related child sexual           radical shift in the way that the child
  exploitation                                  protection system will operate in England.
Centre/Press-releases/2012/CEOP-target-         This briefing summarises the key points from
anonymous-online-child-sex-offenders/           each of the three documents released in June
                                                2012, highlighting any significant changes to
Parent pack for child body confidence           exiting guidance and considering the
launched (22/06/12)                             implications for London.
A new guide to help parents educate children
about how the media alter images and the
impact this can have on self esteem has been    mepage/london_scb_briefing__working_toge
backed by Equalities Minister Lynne             ther_consultation.pdf

The Information as to Provision of                  The Special Educational Needs Tribunal
Education (England) (Amendment)                     for Wales (Amendment) Regulations 2012
Regulations 2012 SI 1554/12 (22/06/12)              SI 1418/12 (W.174) (13/06/12)
These Regulations amend the Information as          These Regulations amend the Special
to Provision of Education (England)                 Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales
Regulations 2008, which prescribe the               Regulations 2012.
information that local authorities are required     Regulation 2 of these Regulations makes
each year to provide to the Secretary of State      amendments to correct errors in the Welsh
in relation to the provision of primary and         text of the Special Educational Needs
secondary education in their area.                  Tribunal for Wales Regulations 2012.
4/contents/made                                     /contents/made

The General Social Care Council                     The Family Procedure (Amendment)
(Transfer of Register and Abolition—                (No.2) Rules 2012 SI 1462/12 (11/06/12)
Transitional and Saving Provision) Order            These rules amend rule 31.17 of the Family
of Council 2012 SI 1480/12 (20/06/12)               Procedure Rules 2010 to give the court a
The GSCC, which regulates the profession of         discretion to permit urgent enforcement
social worker in England, is to be abolished        where necessary to secure a child’s welfare
on 1st October 2012 by s212(1) Health and           notwithstanding the general position that
Social Care Act 2012. Before that, on 1st           enforcement is suspended pending expiry of
August 2012, the register of social workers         relevant appeal periods.
maintained by the GSCC is to be transferred
to a body to be re-named on that date the           2/contents/made
Health and Care Professions Council.
                                                    Mainly for Fathers (14/06/12)
This Order makes provision for the transfer         This booklet has been written specifically for
to the HCPC of the GSCC’s register of social        fathers whose baby has died at or around the
workers and certain other matters arising out       time of birth.
of that and from the abolition of the GSCC.         The guide covers topics such as:
0/contents/made                                      physical and emotional manifestations of
The Health and Social Care Act 2012                  telling siblings, family and friends
(Consequential Provision—Social                      how to create memories, and
Workers) Order 2012 SI 1479/12                       finding support
(20/06/12)                                           how to register a birth or stillbirth
This Order makes amendments in                       legal rights and financial benefits
subordinate legislation consequential on the         returning to work and
abolition on 1st October 2012 of the GSCC,           the reactions of others
and, before that, the transfer of its register on
1st August 2012 to the HCPC.                       250/98.html

All Party Parliamentary inquiry report             Children in care (updated 20/06/12)
into children missing from care (June              Children in the care of LAs are one of the
2012)                                              most vulnerable groups in society. The
Two APPGs have concluded their inquiry             majority are there because they have suffered
which looked at issues, including:                 abuse or neglect. At any one time around
 children in care who are placed away from        60,000 children are looked after in England
  their home LA                                    (of whom some 59% are subject to care
 data collection and information sharing          orders). Some 90,000 children are looked
 police responses to children going missing       after at some point in any one year.
 Ofsted’s role in safeguarding children in
  care who run away                                The Government wants every child in care to
 the particular needs of trafficked children      grow up safe, happy, healthy, secure and
  who go missing from care.                        loved. This is the only way they will be able
                                                   to fulfill their potential.
Their report outlines the findings and sets out
recommendations to improve the help and            The term 'looked after children' includes:
support provided to children who run away           Those children who are in care through a
or go missing from care.                             care order under s31 Children Act 1989
                                                    Those accommodated on a voluntary basis
Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said:               through an agreement with their parents
This report goes right to the heart of some          under s20 of that Act, or agreement of the
serious weaknesses in the current system,            child if they are over 16.
which leave far too many of the most                Children placed away from home under an
vulnerable children in society exposed to            emergency protection order
harm and danger. It is completely                   Children on police
unacceptable that existing rules are simply          protection/remand/detention (s21 Children
being ignored and that frankly, some LAs             Act)
and children’s homes are letting down
children by failing to act as a proper ‘parent’.   How are they cared for?
We are looking in detail at all the issues          Most looked after children are in foster care
raised and will set out urgent next steps in         (73%)
the coming weeks.                                   Some 10% are in children's homes          The rest are cared for in a number of
enews/a00210383/appreport                            different settings including residential          schools and placement with parents.
work/appg-inquiry-children-who-go-                 Young Person’s Guide to Being in Care
missing-or-run-away-c                              The Who Cares? Trust has produced a guide           for young people on being in care.
children-danger-parliamentary-inquiry-finds        ngpeople/safeguardingchildren/a0068940/chi      ldren-in-care

SWRB publications (Updated 15/06/12)            Emotional neglect and emotional abuse in
On the following pages you can download         pre-school children (June 2012)
useful documents about the work of the          This NSPCC has produced this leaflet,
Social Work Reform Board, including:            which summarises what is currently known
 Minutes of the Social Work Reform Board       about children aged less than 6 years who
 Newsletters                                   have been emotionally neglected or
 Papers from the Social Work Task Force        emotionally abused. It considers the
  (2009)                                        behaviour that can be observed in these
 Consultation with social workers: Summary     children and in the interactions between
  of proposed changes and what they mean        them and their parents.
  for social workers in England (this
  consultation ended March 2010)                The leaflet aims to assist all
 Progress reports.                             professionals who work with babies      and young children, including health visitors,
ngpeople/social/b0074393/social-work-           general practitioners, paediatricians, nursery
reform-board-publications                       nurses, pre-school workers & reception
                                                teachers, social workers and infant & child
Home Safety Scheme Strategy (14/06/12)          psychiatrists.
On 19th June, a launch is being held for
Aneurin Bevan Health Board’s new Home           consultancy/learningresources/coreinfo/emot
Safety Strategy for under-5s.                   ional-neglect-emotional-
Accidental injury is a leading cause of death
for young children, with under- 5s who live     Economic study of Integrated Family
in areas of deprivation most at risk. The       Support Programme 2012 (19/06/12)
Health Board has worked with Flying Start,      This study reveals that every £1 invested in
Public Health Wales and Children                keeping a family together when someone
in Wales to put together a new approach to      goes to prison can save the tax payer £11.
reducing these accidents.
                                                The report highlights the impact of Pact’s
The new strategy, Reducing Unintentional        family support programme in terms of
Injuries in the Home for Children aged 0 – 5    reducing the risk of re-offending by ex-
years aims to increase awareness and            prisoners. Social and health care savings
promote training and best practice. It will     related to prisoners’ families are also shown,
cover Torfaen, Newport, Caerphilly,             as well as cost avoidance basedon better
Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent.                planning around the resettlement process.
The launch event will take place during
Child Safety Week, and offers the chance to
find out how the strategy will work in
practice and to speak directly with those

Regulating Social Workers (2001 –
12) and Regulating Social Work
Education (2001-12) (25/06/12)
The GSCC’s final learning reports capture
the knowledge it has acquired over 11 years
of regulating social workers and their
education, ahead of its closure on 31/07/12.

The Regulating Social Workers 2001 – 2011
report shows that out of a registrant base of
over 100,000 social workers and social work
students, only 1.1% were complained about
over the last year. During the last 8 years,
only 0.3% have had a finding of misconduct
against them.

45% of the 265 cases of social worker
misconduct analysed in the report involved
dishonest or misleading behaviour and 20%
related to inappropriate relationships with
service users or their family members. 18%
of cases concerned poor safeguarding

The GSCC like other professional regulators
has seen an increase in the number of
referrals about its registrants over recent
years. In 08/09 to 09/10 the GSCC saw a
63% increase. Whilst there are many
possible explanations for this increase, it is
striking that it occurred following the
publicity about the tragic death of Peter

The report also shows that 78% of registered
social workers are women and the average
age of a qualified social worker is 45.9.
Social workers are also more ethnically
diverse than the general population and
around 8% were trained outside the UK. This
is lower than many other professions.


Consultation on Revised Safeguarding                a tougher approach is needed in cases
Statutory Guidance (12/06/12)                        where court orders are breached, and it
This consultation seeks views on three               intends to explore the scope for additional
statutory guidance documents:                        enforcement sanctions for the courts.
 Working Together to Safeguard
  Children: draft guidance on what is              This consultation includes options and
  expected of organisations, individually and      questions on how court orders in private
  jointly, to safeguard and promote the            family cases regarding the care of children
  welfare of children;                             can be more effectively enforced.
 Managing Cases: the Framework for the
  Assessment of Children in Need and their         Closing Date: 5th September 2012
  Families: draft guidance on undertaking
  assessments of children in need; and             ndex.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consu
 Statutory Guidance on Learning and               ltationId=1825&external=no&menu=1
  Improvement: proposed new arrangements
  for Serious Case Reviews, reviews of child       Next steps for Nursery Milk (18/06/12)
  deaths and other learning processes led by       The Nursery Milk Scheme has been running
  Local Safeguarding Children Boards.              since the 1940s. It currently funds free milk
                                                   for around 1.5m children under 5 in 55,000
Closing Date: 4th September 2012                   childcare settings throughout GB. The        Government is committed to retaining the
ndex.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consu          Scheme, but in recent years the prices
ltationId=1839&external=no&menu=1                  claimed for milk purchased have risen
                                                   significantly, with a corresponding increase
Co-operative Parenting Following Family            in the total cost of the scheme.
Separation: Proposed Legislation on the
Involvement of Both Parents in a Child's           The purpose of this consultation is to explore
Life (13/06/12)                                    3 different options for modernising the
Most parents who separate reach agreement          scheme, looking at where we can make it
about the care arrangements for their              more efficient as well as improving its value
children. However, when disputes arise there       for money, while ensuring that no parent,
is a risk that children's needs are overlooked.    child or childcare provider is disadvantaged
                                                   and that all children under 5 in childcare
The Government believes that:                      settings continue to receive free milk.
 parents who are able and willing to play a
  positive role in their child's care should       A Welsh version will be available as soon as
  have the opportunity to do so. The aim of        possible after the consultation has been
  the proposed legislative amendment is to         launched.
  ensure that this happens in court cases and
  to reinforce the expectation generally that      Closing Date: 11th September 2012
  both parents are jointly responsible for their
  children's upbringing.                           extsteps


Child protection conference                     Safer Recruitment and Employment
25th September 2012           London            Practices Half-Day Briefing
£225 - £545 + VAT                               26th September 2012            London
This event includes sessions focussing on:      £225 - £445 + VAT
 The outcomes of the Working Together to       Attend this briefing to understand the
  Safeguard Children review                     new vetting and barring scheme, redefined
 Driving sector-led improvement through        scope of regulated activity and CRB changes
  balancing prescription and professional       relating to staff supervision.
 Implementing a ‘systems’ model for            Recruitment and management of staff
  reviewing serious cases                       working with children will become even
                                                more important when changes introduced in
Gain expert knowledge for service               the Protection of Freedoms Act are
improvement and learn how to best               implemented.
implement an effective child-centred system
to safeguard and promote the welfare of         Benefits of Attending
children and young people in your area           Hear from the Independent Safeguarding
.                                                 Authority about the impact and timetable of
Benefits of Attending                             the forthcoming changes to vetting and
 Get un update from the DfE on the               barring
  revised Working Together to Safeguard          Learn how to vet employees effectively to
  Children guidance and the implications for      work in Health Services and the VCS
  child protection                               Identify risk factors of child abuse in school
 Hear from a LA trialling new approaches to      setting and intervene early
  assessment to reduce bureaucracy    
 Discover how peer challenge can help          sector-conferences/childrens-services/full-
  you deliver better services around child      conference/article/safer-recruitment-and-
  protection                                    employment-practices-half-day-
 Examine successful practices of               briefing.html?code=MKSH&cHash=3c5c95e
  tackling online bullying at school            bc3
 Explore how to improve safeguarding
  arrangements in health services and prepare
  for the changes ahead including new
  Clinical Commissioning Groups
 Investigate a proactive, joined-up approach
  to tackling child sexual exploitation and
  provide support for effected children and
  their families

                             Conferences (continued)

SEN & Disability Law in Education               Whole Family Support for Drug and
15th November 2012 London                       Alcohol Misusing Parents
£269 - £439 + VAT (£30 discount if booked       11th September 2012              London
before 28th September)                          £199 - £299 + VAT
                                                A third of adult substance misusers in
The Government is introducing legislation       treatment have childcare responsibilities and
early next year in order to implement the       the lives of these children are much
changes to the law required for the Green       improved when families as a whole are
Paper reforms. We expect a draft of the         supported. It is vital that both adult's and
Children and Families Bill this summer,         children’s services work together to provide
which will highlight likely key changes to      that support.
the law and how these will impact upon your
legal obligations towards your SEND             Professionals who work with drug and
students.                                       alcohol misusing parents face the difficulty
                                                of engaging not only partner agencies, but
Gain practical guidance which will help you     substance misusing parents themselves in
to:                                             treatment and child protection, in the face of
 Understand how the legal implications of      increasing stigmatisation and stereotyping.
  personal budgets and Education, Health and
  Care Plans will impact upon accountability    Attend this conference to:
  in your school                                 Learn about joint and multi-agency
 Know your legal obligations under new           working to provide whole family support
  exclusions law                                  and recovery for misusing parents and
 Clarify the legalities around moving and        safeguard children and young people
  handling, intimate care and health and         Discover an approach to early intervention
  safety                                         Promote positive parenting by involving
 Update your knowledge on the employment         service users in development and delivery
  rights of your support staff                   Benefit from approaches to tackle the
 Learn how to utilise mediation to resolve       stigma and stereotyping felt by substance
  SEND disputes between parents and LAs           misusing parents
  and avoid the appeals process                  Engage mental health services in service
http://email.optimus-                             user recovery;jsess      Gain updates on pilots and payment by
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