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11 months ago
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NSPCC urged the government to protect abused children during the summer holidays

The leading children's charity is calling on authorities to provide more support for children who live in abusive households during their six-week break from school According to figures that were uncovered by the NSPCC National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children from to their helpline handled the highest number of domestic...
11 months ago
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Ministers ‘in the dark’ about the educational fate of thousands of children

According to new research at least children are being taught in unregistered Alternative Provision units which do not meet basic safeguarding standards Yesterday The Centre for Social Justice CSJ an organisation dedicated to helping people who live in poor and disadvantaged communities released new shocking figures about the number of children who are being...
11 months ago
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Herefordshire children’s services commitment to improvement remains crucial, Ofsted says

A recent visit from Ofsted inspectors to Herefordshire's children's services outlined significant improvements but commitment to progress remains vital In July Ofsted deemed Herefordshire's children's services 'inadequate' but after two visits in June the organisation reported visible progression in the way the authority supports children's needs under a protection plan However although Ofsted...
11 months ago
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Food for thought: breast milk boosts brain power

American-based research has discovered a micronutrient in breast milk provides significant benefit to the developing brains of newborns The study of which findings were published last week included experts from Tufts University Boston examining a sugar molecule known as myo-inositol which is most prominent in human breast milk during the first month of lactation Researchers...
11 months ago
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Nearly half of children saw social and emotional skills worsen during pandemic – study

Almost half of children saw their social and emotional skills worsen during the pandemic according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies IFS with economic turbulence playing a role Nearly half of parents reported that their child's social and emotional skills had worsened during the first year of the Covid- pandemic By contrast just one...
11 months ago
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A third of children in care face school exclusion, new research shows

New research from University College London UCL has found students in England with a care background are more likely to be excluded The research which was published in the online journal Child Abuse amp Neglect earlier this week used anonymised data from the Department for Education's National Population Database which covered all children starting state...
11 months ago
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Government names first areas to test children’s care reforms

The government has named Dorset Lincolnshire and Wolverhampton as the first areas to be chosen to deliver the Families First for Children programme They will test new ways to reform every part of the children's social care system with the goal of helping children stay with their families while protecting vulnerable children where needed The...
11 months ago
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Government ‘has more work to do’ on landmark childcare reforms – report

The House of Commons have warned the government should consider wider policy changes to ensure children benefit from high quality affordable childcare and to help parents and providers who are struggling The findings come in a new report which concludes the cross-party committee's inquiry that was launched amid warnings that state and private providers had...
1 year ago
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Children in care costs nine times higher than government funding – report

The cost of accommodating teenagers in semi-independent housing could be over nine times higher than government funding a new report has found A new report which was produced by the County Councils Network CCN and London Innovation and Improvement Alliance LiiA revealed that young people who leave children's homes to live in independent housing will...
1 year ago
LSWC news

'Save Me' film is a powerful resource for practitioners

'Save Me', created by Amani Simpson, aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by young people enduring exploitation. Save Me sheds light on the prevalence of extra-familial harm in schools, peer friendship groups, and local communities.
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