New charity research has unearthed a worrying number of children who are “falling through the cracks” in the social care system, leaving them vulnerable to abuse or neglect. Action For Children’s report was based on evidence from Freedom of Information requests to 152 councils, and their research found that there is a dramatic difference between…

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Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield has revealed that nobody knows the exact number of vulnerable children living in the United Kingdom, and that this news should be a “wake-up call” to the government and policy-makers. Ms Longfield has attempted to create a report calculating the total number of vulnerable children because there is so little data…

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  New statistics suggest that most school leaders do not think their staff capable of sourcing specialist help for pupils with mental health problems, despite a government-commissioned survey stating that schools play a key role in identifying pupils with mental health needs. The survey, published by the Department for Education, reveals that over half of school…

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The Children’s Society have published a new guide for the parents and carers of children who are at risk of running away. The guide, What to do if your child goes missing, has been written with assistance from parents who have experience of their children running away from home. The guide includes the following sections: What to do…

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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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The pupil premium is £600 per head provided to each school by the government to give extra support to the poorer children in order to bridge the gap between them and their more advantaged peers. It was set up in April 2011 and schools are allowed to spend the money as they sit fit although…

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As school budgets are being cut by education authorities, an increasing number of primary schools are finding it harder to keep running their breakfast clubs, which could lead to the danger of vulnerable children going hungry. Labour MP Sharon Hodgon, shadow minister for children and families, has made freedom of information requests to 128 local…

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Following the recent Munro Review, the group Every Child In Need has voiced its concerns that the proposed rules are too vague and may risk harming vulnerable children. The group believes that local authorities may fall short of protecting vulnerable children when rules are relaxed at a time when cash-strapped local authorities won’t be tied…

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Following recommendations for comprehensive reform of the social work system to allow social workers to be able to practice their profession with more support and confidence and in a safer way, the Social Work Reform Board (SWRB) was formed. The SWRB has been working to make the task force’s recommendations a reality and has, as…

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