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					                           SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN
                       INFORMATION & NEWS UPDATE - 149
                                      14th January 2010

Serious case review evaluations: April           This guidance aims to outline LAs‘
2007 onwards (13/01/10)                          responsibilities for meeting the SEN of LAC
LSCBs undertake serious case reviews where       who are placed out-of-authority, and explains
a serious incident occurs involving a child      how these responsibilities operate. It does
and abuse or neglect is known or suspected.      not create any new obligations, but decisions
                                                 made in relation to individual children
This list show the serious case reviews          should be consistent with the operation of the
carried out by local authorities that Ofsted     law as described.
reviewed since it took over responsibility for   http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/
the evaluation of SCRs from the Commission       default.aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&
for Social Care Inspection in April 2007.        PageMode=publications&ProductId=DCSF-
 http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-                00060-2010&
home/Publications-and-research/Browse-all-       http://publications.everychildmatters.gov.uk/
by/Documents-by-type/Statistics/Serious-         eOrderingDownload/00060-2010DOM-
case-review-evaluations-April-2007-onwards       EN.pdf
http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/content/download/
10668/127493/file/Serious%20case%20revie         Promoting the emotional health of
w%20evaluations%201%20April%202007%              children and young people: Guidance for
20-%2031%20December%202009.pdf                   Children's Trusts partnerships, including
                                                 how to deliver NI50 (January 2010)
Guidance on Looked After Children with           This non-statutory guidance:
Special Educational Needs Placed Out-of-          aims to help leaders and commissioners
authority (Jan 2010)                               across children‘s services to plan and
As a group, LAC are 9 times more likely to         develop services to promote the emotional
have a statement of SEN than the general           health of children and young people
pupil population. The majority of LAC have        sets out to assist senior managers with
SEN and it is important that all children with     leadership or commissioning
SEN receive the educational provision              responsibilities in developing a strategic
which meets their needs.                           approach to promoting emotional health
                                                  considers emotional health across the age
LAC can be placed to live with foster carers       range, and how it can be supported in a
or in a children‘s home away from where            number of environments
they would normally live. Often this will be      contains a detailed service specification
outside the area of the LA which looks after       that sets out the core support and services
them. Because they are placed ―out-of-             for children, young people and families,
authority‖ there can sometimes be confusion        representing a comprehensive, strategic
as to the responsibilities that LAs have           approach to promoting emotional health.
towards the child if the child needs to be         http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/
assessed for a statement of SEN or already         resources-and-practice/IG00639/
has one.                                         http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/_d
                                                 ownload/?id=7244



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Campaign to boost confidence of children           Keeping Children and Young People In
with special educational needs (06/01/10)          Mind (07/01/10)
Ed Balls has launched a campaign focused           Children‘s Minister Delyth Morgan and Care
on improving attitudes towards children with       Services Minister Phil Hope have reinforced
SEN and building their self-esteem.                the clear expectation for all local areas to
                                                   deliver good quality mental health services
The ‗My Way!‘ campaign will run in First           for all children, including 24 hour cover for
News, the children‘s weekly newspaper and          urgent mental health problems and child-
will be fronted by Henry Winkler. Henry‘s          only facilities for under-16s.
dyslexia wasn‘t picked up until he was 30
and this has motivated him to change               ‗Keeping Children and Young People In
perceptions of SEN and inspire young               Mind‘ is the Government‘s full response to
people. The campaign will:                         the 20 recommendations in the independent
 Raise awareness of learning differences          review of CAMHS last year. It sets out their
  among children, teachers, schools, and           commitment to support local areas to deliver
  parents. Around 1 in 5 school aged               effective and high quality mental health
  children need additional help in school of       services for children and young people,
  some form. Needing help with learning is         drawing upon existing evidence and good
  not unusual and many children receive            practice. Stopping emotional and mental
  some additional support during their time        health problems escalating to problems later
  at school.                                       in life will help young people achieve their
 Improve attitudes towards children with          full potential, and also help cut the cost to
  learning differences among children who          society of poor health, poverty, crime and
  do not have SEN. Many children with              low educational attainment.
  special learning needs can feel different
  and become isolated at school and socially       A package to support local delivery includes:
  – bullying is a particular issue.                 £58m to support co-location of health
 Encourage and allow pupils to share their          services incorporating mental health
  experiences of learning, to talk about how         provision alongside schools and other
  they like to learn, what they like about their     places where children and young people
  school, and the differences and similarities       already go;
  that they notice.                                 the roll-out of the £60m Targeted Mental
 Inspire young people with SEN. Many                Health in Schools programme to every LA
  successful people, both those who have             from April 2010;
  become famous and those in everyday lives         a new programme of action to support the
  have experienced learning difficulties at          workforce, including new training support
  school. ‗My Way!‘ will share their                 in relation to the mental health needs of
  experiences and those of successful                children with learning disabilities and
  schools, education professionals, parents          children at risk of self harming; and
  and pupils.                                       enhanced expert support for the local areas
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/news/content.cfm?la           that need it most via a new National
nding=henry_winkler_leads_campaign_to_b              Support Team
oost_confidence_of_children_with_special_e         http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?p
ducational_needs&type=1                            n_id=2010_0009
                                                   http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/CAMHSreview/



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Commissioning Early Intervention                 What is the law on physical punishment in
Support Services: Guidance for                   the UK? What do we know about attitudes
commissioners (January 2010)                     to physical punishment? (Dec 2009)
The public service agreement 12 set out a        This NSPCC factsheet looks at the legal
commitment that, by 2008/2009, four              aspect of physical punishment and
CAMHS proxy measures would be used:              summarises the reasons why people are for
1.the development and delivery of CAMHS          or against it.
  for children and young people with             http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/research/qu
  learning disabilities                          estions/physical_punishment_law_attitudes_
2.appropriate accommodation and support          wda70205.html
  for 16- and 17-year-olds
3.availability of 24-hour cover to meet          Children, Schools and Families
  urgent mental health needs                     Committee First Report: School
4.joint commissioning of mental-health           Accountability (07/01/10)
  promotion and early-intervention support.      This report concludes that the complexity of
                                                 the school accountability and improvement
The purpose of the 4th proxy guidance is to      system in England is creating a barrier to
provide clarity to LAs and PCTs about what       genuine school improvement based on the
this new indicator (point 4 above) is intended   needs of individual schools and their pupils.
to monitor and how it should be rated, and to
build on current technical guidance.             The committee said it received evidence that
                                                 schools feel coerced and constrained by the
The guidance also aims to pull together good     outcomes of Ofsted inspection and
practice and provide guidelines for LAs,         programmes, such as National Challenge. It
PCTs, GOs and SHAs to support the delivery       adds that they consistently noted the adverse
of quality advice, support and guidance on       effects of targets on education of children
the delivery of the 4th proxy, specifically on   and young people.
joint commissioning of early-intervention
support.                                         The report recommends that the Government
                                                 should:
With the 4th proxy, the DCSF is anticipating      refrain from introducing frequent reforms
the delivery of improvements to the                and allow schools a period of consolidation
provision of mental-health support in             revisit the proposals for reform of the
universal and targeted services, and in so         school accountability and improvement
doing promote local areas to deliver against       system set out in the 21st Century Schools
the current proxy measures and increase joint      White Paper with a view to giving more
commissioning of services.                         substance to its claims that schools are
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/re        responsible for their own improvement.
sources-and-practice/IG00640/                     seek means of delivering support and
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/_d        challenge to schools without what many
ownload/?id=5716                                   witnesses perceived as a harmful 'naming
                                                   and shaming' approach endemic in the
                                                   current system
                                                 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm
                                                 200910/cmselect/cmchilsch/88/8802.htm



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Safer Internet Day - 9th February 2010           means may not be as clear as for older
European Safer Internet Day is supported by      pupils. In line with other studies bullying
countries throughout Europe and during the       was seen to decline with age:
week, a range of activities will be taking        Year 6-32% of pupils reported being
place across the continent to help protect         bullied in the last 2 months
young people online.                              Year 7-30% of pupils reported being
                                                   bullied in the last 2 months
The theme for SID10 is ‗Think Before You          Year 10-15% of pupils reported being
Post‘ and CEOP hope to make the whole              bullied in the last 2 months
week (8th February – 12th February 2010) a       http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/policy/do
week of action in the UK.                        cuments/researchandreports/12754.html
                                                 http://wales.gov.uk/docs/dcells/publications/
Thinkuknow‘s Safer Internet Day 2010             091221allwalesen.pdf
website will help to identify regional and
national activities that you may wish to         Multi-agency safeguarding audit tools
promote or get involved with, as well as         Government Office for London and the
highlight various resources that will help you   London Safeguarding Children Board have
raise awareness in your area.                    created this pack of multi agency
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/saferinternetd       safeguarding audit tools for LSCBs to use as
ayuk/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSu         part of their quality assurance activity. The
pport=1                                          work was requested by London DCSs and
http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/saferinternetd       was the subject of five consultation
ayuk/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSu         workshops. The pack consists of:
pport=1                                              Purpose Of multi agency auditing –
                                                 which describes the rational for this approach
All-Wales Survey of Bullying in Schools,         to auditing and how it fits into the LSC
(07/01/10)                                       improvement cycle
This document gives a brief summary of               Guidance On Use Of The Audit Tools –
some of the key findings from the first all-     which describes how to scope and set up
Wales survey of bullying in schools which        multi agency audits.
took place in the summer of 2009. The                A Multi Agency Early Intervention Audit
survey gathered information from over 7,000      Instrument.
children and young people.                           Early intervention grading guidance
                                                     A Multi Agency Child In Need Audit
The aim of the research was to establish the     Instrument.
different types of bullying going on in              Child in need grading guidance
schools and their frequency.                         A Multi Agency Child Protection Audit
                                                 Instrument.
Year 4-15% of pupils reported being bullied          Child protection grading guidance
―all the time‖. The way bullying was                 A Multi Agency Looked After Children
measured in year 4 was different, as other       Audit Instrument.
studies have shown that care has to be taken         Looked after children grading guidance
with younger pupils reporting bullying, as           An Example Of A Completed Overview
their understanding of what bullying             Report.
                                                 http://www.londonscb.gov.uk/



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Plans unveiled for free laptops for low           Home Education – registration and
income families (11/01/10)                        monitoring proposals: Public Consultation
Thousands of families will be able to claim       Response (11/01/10)
free computers and internet access under a        The responses to the proposals mirrored the
Government drive to boost the achievements        views of home educators, home educating
of children from lower income families.           organisations and LAs. Home Educators
                                                  were largely against registration, but LAs
The Home Access programme, which is               agreed with the need for a national register.
being rolled out nationally today after pilots
in Suffolk and Oldham, will allow 270,000         The Government remains clear that changes
families with children in years 3 to 9 to apply   should be made in order to guarantee every
for grants to buy computers and broadband         child a suitable education, wherever they are
connections from approved suppliers.              educated. However, taking account of the
                                                  strong views, it has tailored the legislation
Research has shown that pupils could              e.g. LA officers will not have power to insist
improve by two grades at GCSE if they have        they see the home-educated child alone, and
a computer at home, and ministers hope the        new monitoring system will be light touch.
scheme will narrow the educational divide
between children receiving free school meals      Home education is a well established part of
and their peers.                                  our education system and there are no plans
                                                  to change that position. England is and will
Low income families in receipt of certain         remain one of the most liberal countries in
benefits could qualify for a grant to buy a       the degree of state regulation of home
computer and/or a minimum of 1 years‘             education.
internet access. The programme is aimed at
those that need it most and targets families      The Children, Schools and Families bill will
that do not have access to a computer or the      ensure better support for home educated
internet at home.                                 children with SEN and access for all to
                                                  facilities that will enrich their education e.g.
Depending on what is needed, the grant            FE College courses, school libraries, sports
allows eligible applicants to buy one of the      facilities and music lessons. Registration will
following packages:                               allow these services to be offered to all home
1. Full package (a computer, one year's           educating families.
    internet access, service and support)         http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?p
2. A computer with service and support            n_id=2010_0013
    only                                          http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/index.c
3. One year's internet access only                fm?action=conResults&external=no&consult
http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page22100              ationId=1643&menu=3
http://www.homeaccess.org.uk/                     http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/downl
                                                  oadableDocs/DCSF%20Public%20Consultat
                                                  ion%20Response%20on%20Home%20Educ
                                                  ation%20final%20for%20publication%20on
                                                  %2011%20January%20%202010.doc




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Children and families experiencing                A training course to help practitioners
domestic violence - Police and children’s         consider the issue of neglect and its impact
social services’ responses (Jan 2010)             upon children
In England and Wales, the Adoption and            9th – 10th February 2010      Leicester
Children Act 2002 amended the definition of       £170 per day (non-res) £220 per day (res)
significant harm provided by the Children
Act 1989, adding a new category of                This course aims to enhance knowledge of
―impairment suffered from seeing or hearing       neglect in order to aid effective multi-agency
the ill-treatment of another‖.                    assessments and interventions with neglected
                                                  children and neglectful families. By the end
Since domestic violence and children‘s            participants will be able to:
exposure to it represent a widespread social       identify the signs and indicators of neglect
problem, this amendment has acted to draw a        recognise how values and beliefs may
potentially large group of families within the      influence working with neglect
remit of children‘s social services. The           outline current legislation and guidance
growing mountain of police notifications to        apply contemporary research and
social services of domestic violence                theoretical approaches to assessment
incidents where children are involved and the      identify tools that will aid assessment
pressures that this has created have been          describe the impact of neglect on
noted by a range of commentators in the UK,         children‘s development and on their
North America and Australia.                        capacity to achieve the 5 ECM outcomes
                                                   recognise blocks to effective engagement
The notification system has emerged against         with families where neglect is a concern
what is acknowledged to be a background of         develop strategies for working in a multi-
fragmented services for children and families       agency context to achieve positive
experiencing domestic violence, and                 outcomes for children and families
represents an attempt to improve                   identify models of good practice for early
communication and coordination between              intervention to prevent long term harm
universal and highly targeted services.            recognise the impact of working in this
                                                    field and develop strategies for personal
This research examined both the notification        and professional support.
process itself and the subsequent service
pathways followed by families brought to the      The programme covers:
attention of children‘s social services in this    what is neglect? why neglect? why now?
way. It also explored which other agencies         signs, indicators and impacts on child
contributed to services for families                development
experiencing domestic violence and captured        parenting capacity and factors linked to
young people‘s, survivors‘ and perpetrators‘        child‘s father
views of services.                                 assessment and models of interventions
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/research/Fin        barriers to multi-agency working together
dings/children_experiencing_domestic_viole         strategies for multi-agency working and
nce_wda68549.html                                   models of good practice.
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/research/Fin       http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/trainingand
dings/children_experiencing_domestic_viole        consultancy/Training/TrainingCourses/childn
nce_report_wdf70355.pdf                           eglect_wda57565.html



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Ofsted Inspection Documents - Revised            Tackling the new SEF
January 2010                                     Guidance for schools on the distribution of
http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofsted-                 pupil and staff questionnaires
home/Forms-and-guidance/Browse-all-              Inspection questionnaire for boarding pupils
by/(sort)/date                                   Inspection questionnaire for pupils in Key
General guidance for inspectors on s162A         Stage 2
independent school inspection procedures,        Inspection questionnaire for pupils in Key
timelines and tariffs                            Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and school sixth forms
Guidance on evaluating independent schools‘      Inspection questionnaire for school staff
action plans following s162A inspection
Guidance for inspectors on writing the report    The Education (Information About
(independent schools)                            Children in Alternative Provision) (Wales)
Guidance for the completion of the record of     Regulations 2009 SI.3355 (W.294) (from
inspection evidence and judgements (ROIEJ)       12/01/10)
(independent schools)                            These Regulations apply in relation to—
Handbook for the inspection of further           a) funded education provided under
education and skills from September 2009             arrangements made by a relevant LA;
Framework for the inspection of maintained       b) education provided at an independent
schools in England from September 2009               school arranged and funded by a LEA in
Conducting school inspections: guidance for          Wales pursuant to s19 of the 1996 Act;
inspectors of schools from September 2009            and
Evaluation schedule of judgements for            c) education provided in a PRU funded by a
schools inspected under section five of the          relevant LA
Education Act 2005, from September 2009          http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/wales/wsi
Letter to parents for maintained school          2009/wsi_20093355_en_1
inspections from September 2009                  http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/wales/wsi
School inspections: a guide for parents and      2009/pdf/wsi_20093355_mi.pdf
carers for inspection from September 2009
Pre-inspection briefing for school inspections   The National Child Measurement
from September 2009                              Programme Regulations 2008 SI3080
Report template for inspections of all-          (from 05/01/10)
through, primary, secondary and special          These Regulations which apply only to
schools and pupil referral units                 England provide for the functions of the
Report template for inspections of nursery       Secretary of State to make arrangements with
schools                                          local education authorities and proprietors of
Report writing guidance for school               independent schools to provide for the
inspections: autumn 2009                         weighing and measuring of children in
Evidence form for school inspections from        schools, to be exercisable by PCTs. The
September 2009                                   Regulations make provision for the gathering
Evidence forms - guidance on use for school      and further processing of information under
inspections from September 2009                  the NCMP (an annual programme under
Form 1 - confirmation that a school is           which PCTs weigh and measure children in
causing concern or is no longer causing          schools).
concern                                          http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2008/uksi_2008
                                                 3080_en_1



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Pupil and parent guarantees (11/01/10)             The new guarantees are:
Parents and pupils were today given full            extra support and catch-up lessons for
details of the currently existing and new            pupils falling behind at Key Stage 1;
guarantees they can expect from schools, as         1-to-1 catch up tuition for KS2 pupils who
Ed Balls launched a consultation alongside           are behind and falling further behind;
the second reading of the Children, Schools         1-to-1 or small group catch up for Year 7
and Families Bill.                                   pupils who are behind and falling further
                                                     behind;
The Guarantees are based on key ambitions.          personal Tutors for all secondary school
For pupils they are:                                 pupils;
 every pupil will go to a school                   the opportunity for pupils to study triple
  - where there is good behaviour, strong            sciences at GCSE;
    discipline, order and safety;                   parents of Gifted & Talented pupils will
  - where they are taught a broad, balanced          get a letter setting out support and
    and flexible curriculum including skills         challenge their children will receive;
    for learning and life;                          stronger home-school agreements;
  - where they are taught in a way that meets       every pupil to receive PSHE education.
    their needs, where their progress is           http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?p
    regularly checked and where particular         n_id=2010_0013
    needs are spotted early and quickly
    addressed;                                     SEE CONSULTATIONS
  - where they take part in sport and cultural
    activities; and                                CEOP Training 2010-2011 Course
  - which promotes their health and well-          Timetable
    being, where they have the chance to           Similar to last year, CEOP are offering
    express their views, and where they and        training courses designed to give delegates a
    their family are welcomed and valued.          better understanding of the nature of child
                                                   sexual offending and to impart the skills and
For Parents the ambitions are:                     knowledge that can better equip
 for all parents to have opportunities to         professionals to deal with this area of crime.
  exercise choice with and on behalf of their
  children, and to have the information and        Courses are available to professionals who:
  support they need to help them do so;             Conduct criminal investigations where the
 for there to be, for all parents, Home             sexual abuse of children is a factor;
  School Agreements outlining their                 Manage offenders in the community;
  responsibilities, and those of the school, for     and/or
  their children‘s schooling;                       Take responsibility for safeguarding
 all parents to have opportunities to be            children from child sex offenders.
  engaged in their children‘s learning and         http://www.ceop.police.uk/training/
  development, and to have the information
  and support they need to help them do so;
 all parents to have access a variety of
  activities, facilities and services, including
  support and advice with regard to
  parenting.



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Government backs sunbed ban (13/01/10)             Managing concerns about poor practice or
Andy Burnham will call for tanning salons to       abuse of children within sport, by adults
be banned from allowing under 18s to use           or other young people (13/11/09)
sunbeds. He will announce that Government          This review addressed issues including:
is backing a Private Member‘s Bill seeking          what happens when a sports body becomes
to introduce the ban at a photo call with            aware that a coach, referee or other official
Cancer Research UK and Julie Morgan, the             is a possible risk to children in the sport?
MP introducing the Bill, later today.               how does the sports body respond initially,
                                                     how are the concerns investigated and what
The Secretary of State for Health said:              are the procedures for managing the risk
"The scientific evidence is clear - sunbeds          and for sanctioning the individual?
increase your risk of getting skin cancer. It is    how are children and young people being
far too easy for young people to use sunbeds         treated in these processes?
and I am determined to take action to protect
them. ―I fully support this Bill which will        The survey found that:
force tanning salons to ban access for people       12% of organisations, between them,
under 18 years old.‖                                 responded to more than 500 safeguarding
                                                     concerns over the past 12 months leading
A Cancer Research UK report Nov 09)                  to over 50 individuals being sanctioned
showed worrying levels of sunbed use                 under disciplinary procedures
amongst under 18s. The report showed that:          the other 88% reported an estimated total
 Overall, 6% of children 11-17 years in             of 200 cases, resulting in disciplinary
  England said that they had used a sunbed           sanctions for fewer than 30 individuals
 There was significant variation across the        Almost half of organisations expected the
  regions with the ―North‖ having 11% of             number of reported cases to increase
  children having used a sunbed compared
  with 4.2% in both the ―Midlands‖ and in          Sports bodies appeared well prepared, with
  the ―South‖                                      all reporting procedures in place for
 In a study of 6 different UK cities, sunbed      responding to concerns.
  use was significantly higher in Liverpool at
  20% and Sunderland at 18% than in the            Apart from larger governing bodies
  other 4 ―cities‖ for 11-17 year olds             employing professional staff, most
  combined                                         organisations relied on volunteers, stretched
http://nds.coi.gov.uk/content/detail.aspx?Ne       for time or too close to individuals to deal
wsAreaId=2&ReleaseID=410265&SubjectId              with serious and complex allegations.
=2
                                                   Sports bodies identified a need for improved
Safeguarding through Audit (Dec 09)                support and services for children who may
This is an updated edition of a guide to help      have been harmed or affected, and for the
LSCBs audit recommendations of serious             member of staff or volunteer concerned.
case reviews.                                      http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/cpsu/News
http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/trainingand         AndEvents/cpsu_sports_resolutions_survey_
consultancy/Consultancy/SupportingProduct          overview_wda69621.html
sAndResources/safeguardingthroughaudit_w           http://www.nspcc.org.uk/Inform/cpsu/News
da47786.html                                       AndEvents/managing_concerns_survey_resu
                                                   lts_wdf69622.pdf


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                                       Consultations

Online survey into Early Years                    Public Consultation on the Introduction of
Professionals (07/01/10)                          the Parent and Pupil Guarantees
More than 4,000 EYPs in England are being         (11/01/10)
called on to take part in an online survey        The PPG bring together the key components
about the impact their graduate status is         of a good education. They will help to ensure
having on the quality of early years settings.    that parents and pupils know what they can
                                                  expect from schools. They also spell out
The CWDC is interested in finding out more        what schools can expect from parents and
about EYPs' career development needs and          pupils in terms of their responsibilities to
aspirations and what EYPs have been doing         support schools.
since achieving the status. We also want to
hear practitioners' views about their roles and   This consultation sets out the full text of the
the impact and effect that gaining EYPS is        Pupil and Parent Guarantees and seeks views
having on their working life.                     on whether the requirements for pupils,
                                                  parents, schools and LAs are clear and
The survey will inform a larger 3-year            understandable, whether all the ‗musts' and
academic research study on EYPs being             ‗shoulds' detailed in the guarantees are
undertaken by Wolverhampton University on         correct and whether the responsibilities and
behalf of CWDC. The study will collect            entitlements for schools, pupils and parents
evidence through an online survey of all          are correctly balanced.
EYPs as well as a number of in depth case
studies from around the country.                  Closing Date: 5th April 2010
Closing Date: 19th February 2010                  http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/index.c
http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/news/2925_c          fm?action=consultationDetails&consultation
wdc-launches-online-survey-into-early-            Id=1692&external=no&menu=1
years-professionals                               http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.
http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/eyps/i-am-an-        aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMo
eyp/early-years-professional-online-survey        de=publications&ProductId=DCSF-00067-
                                                  2010&
Considering pupils' views (11/01/10)              http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/eOrderi
This consultation seeks opinions on               ngDownload/DCSF-00067-2010.pdf
new regulations that will set out the
minimum set of matters on which governing
bodies of maintained schools must invite and
consider their pupils views. This relates to a
new duty on maintained schools to invite and
consider pupils' views on matters to be
prescribed in regulations.
Closing Date: 29th March 2010
http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/consultations/index.c
fm?action=consultationDetails&consultation
Id=1618&external=no&menu=1




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                                      Conferences

Family Futures Conference - What's next         The conference will explore what national
for services supporting children and            and local government and their partner
families?                                       bodies are doing to improve the quality of
24th February 2010 London                       children’s services through using data better
£195 - £595 + VAT                               to make the case for children. There will be a
This conference will debate the need to         theme of integrating data sets which will be
integrate and improve public services to        reflected in a CSN/NFER survey on behalf
support children, young people and families.    of PIRGE which challenges local
                                                government to use data better to make the
Issues to be discussed include:                 case for children and young people.
 Finding the balance between universal and     https://member.lgiu.org.uk/events/Pages/020
  targeted services for families                310.aspx
 Strengthening the children‘s workforces
 Improving outcomes for families               Support Care Conference
  particularly those with parents in prison     9th February 2010      Bristol         Free
 Improving services for disabled children      The conference will include speakers from
  and their families                            Support Care schemes in Hull, Birmingham
 Transitioning and personal budgets for        and Wales. Time will also be spent
  young people with disabilities                discussing pre-approval training and
 Improving housing families with disabled      induction standards/ training with speakers
  children                                      from both Wales and England to look at what
 Engaging with young people: Have we           is happening in both countries. There will
  taken them out of the context of the          also be up-to-date information available
  family?                                       about the CWDC Standards and Workbook.
 Family recovery - a unified public            Workshops will cover topics such as working
  approach to family intervention               with panels, education, endings, setting up a
 Tackling poverty - children‘s services and    support care scheme from scratch and family
  economic regeneration                         group conferencing. There will be
http://www.guardian.co.uk/familyfutures         networking opportunities as delegates have
                                                indicated how useful this is for them.
Data: making the case for children and
young people in the next decade                 We are keen to see some Support Carers
2nd March 2010         London                   themselves at this event; please extend this
£175 - £300 + VAT                               invitation to all support carers in your area.
Improvements in children’s services over the    We will ensure they have a specific
next decade will be led by knowing more         opportunity to talk to each other about their
about existing needs, and using resources       roles and what, if anything, could help them
better. The key will be turning the data        carry out their roles even more effectively!
which are already collected into performance    Please bring examples of support care
information in order to assist local decision   literature which you are willing to share.
making and national accountability              http://www.fostering.net/events/support-
exercises.                                      care-conference




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                               Conferences (continued)

Staying Safe – Risk and vulnerability             Teenage pregnancy: a free event to
4th March 2010                                    support Lead Members for Children's
Walshford, Near Wetherby                          Services and other councillors in leading
£75 - £100                                        progress in their areas
This conference will be of particular interest    23rd March 2010       London         Free
to:                                               The inclusion of teenage pregnancy in so
 Teachers and others responsible for             many LAAs reflects the high priority you
  safeguarding and promoting the welfare of       give to reduce under-18 conception rate and
  children and young people                       improving the life chances and economic
 Practitioners who work with children and        prosperity of young people in your area.
  young people in both statutory and non-
  statutory settings                              Nationally the decline of 10.5% has reversed
 Managers and Policy makers responsible          the previous upward trend, with teenage
  for the delivery of special and universal       births at the lowest level for 15 years. In
  services                                        some areas, there have been reductions of
 Governors                                       over 25%, showing that achieving change in
 Safeguarding Children Trainers                  this complex issue is possible. But there is
 CP Officers in Early Years, FE, Private,        much more to do.
  Independent and Voluntary Settings
                                                  As a key issue of child poverty, health
Topics include:                                   inequalities and safeguarding, teenage
 Risk Assessment in relation to Domestic         pregnancy will remain a priority for us all.
  Abuse                                           Building on and learning from the
 Risk of Sexually Harmful Behaviour              achievements so far will be critical to
 Vulnerability due to Disability                 strengthening the Strategy in its next phase.
 Vulnerability due to Human Trafficking
 Vulnerability due to Race                       This event will give you the opportunity to
                                                  hear about the next phase of the National
Tel: 01709 366651                                 Strategy, learn about good practice from
E-mail: Christine@cgould9.wanadoo.co.uk           local areas and share opportunities and
Closing date: 5th February 2010                   challenges with other Lead Members. We are
http://www.cape.org.uk/events.php                 inviting you to bring your Teenage
http://www.cape.org.uk/files/dat_events_file      Pregnancy Coordinator to enable you to
_1-2.pdf                                          consider together any further actions you
http://www.cape.org.uk/files/dat_events_file      need to take.
_2-2.doc                                          http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/events/display-
                                                  event.do?id=6621652


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