Parents might well believe that if a teacher suspects that a student is being abused by a member of staff, the allegation must be reported to the local authority or police for independent investigation but this isn’t actually the case. Safeguarding Children And Safer Recruitment In Education is the government’s current guidance document which suggests…

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Today, a 138 page document has been published which is the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation. The Inquiry is being led by Sue Berelowitz, Deputy Children’s Commissioner and Chief Executive and this report is the first year’s findings of a planned two year inquiry. Below are two short extracts from the Inquiry: Extract…

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Last Friday evening saw the annual BBC Children in Need appeal. The appeal raised over £26 million on the night, a number which will undoubtedly rise. The face of the television appeal is Sir Terry Wogan and he launched the evening and addressed viewers during the evening, whilst introducing an item supporting those who are…

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Yesterday, I talked about the Carlile Report which had been published. Also published yesterday was the results of an unannounced Ofsted inspection in August. Inspectors spent 10 days examining the social services department of the Council and have now announced that child protection standards are inadequate. This was despite interim inspections showing signs of improvement. Reasons…

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Doncaster Council has in recent years been involved in a number of cases which have highlighted huge failings within the social services department. The most high profile of these was where two brothers who had been known to social services for most of their lives were responsible for a shocking child protection case involving two…

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Former Children’s Minister and current Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, Tim Loughton, has said that he is worried that a “sensationalist witch-hunt” may be leading to deeper child protection issues in that those affected by such matters may be afraid to speak out for fear of being attacked by the media. He said…

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