childrens safeguarding mental health week

An estimated 10 per cent of children aged 5 to 16 years suffer from ill mental health in the United Kingdom. Like adults, children can display a range of mental health issues, from depression and conduct disorders, to hyperactivity and post-traumatic stress disorder. Managing these problems can often be just as difficult for children as…

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The Education Secretary Justine Greening will explore the issue of providing free sanitary products for children receiving free school meals following concerns that many teenage girls are missing school each month due to families being unable to afford sanitary items. During education questions in the House of Commons, Greg Mulholland, Leeds North West MP, stated:…

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Ofsted have released an update to their School Inspection guidelines this month, which includes some clarification over who should be included on each school’s single central register (SCR). A single central register should be used by every school to keep track of recruitment. The single central register should hold information such as DBS (formerly known…

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Today is Safer Internet Day, a global event that invites you to ‘Be the change’ and help to make the internet a safer place for all.   The event is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, however it is celebrated globally and has a large outreach on social media, with the…

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The Department of Education has published the latest statistics on children in need, in England, for the year 2015 -2016. This data gives an insight into the children, who are referred to and assessed by children’s social services, and the issues they face. Gender The gender remained similar to previous years with 52.7% of those…

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Do you sometimes feel unsure about dealing with child protection issues when working with children and parents of different faiths?  Safeguarding means protecting people’s health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect regardless of faith and culture. However, having a greater understanding of different faiths and cultures can…

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Ofsted are currently trialling a new complaints process for early years settings, which aims to prioritise complaints and ascertain if a complaint is serious enough to warrant an immediate inspection. Reported in Nursery World details of the pilot include: “Those handling complaints about nurseries and childminders will look at the range of evidence, the history of…

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A report from the NSPCC has found that many young people believe online pornography influences how they and their peers behave in a relationship. The study highlights how children’s perceptions of relations are being distorted by what they are seeing online. Claire Lilley, policy advisor at NSPCC, is quoted in The Telegraph as saying: “It’s natural for children…

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