Child Neglect in Schools: Messages for interprofessional safeguarding practice

Keeping Our Children Safe

15/09/2020 – 17/09/2020
09:30 – 12:30

JOIN US ONLINE: We are offering a selection of courses online via the Zoom or MS Teams app.

All children have the right to live lives free from abuse and neglect but recent events highlight, yet again, how difficult it can be for so many adults to recognise, and act on concerns about the safety or welfare of a child. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all organisations concerned with children should work towards what’s best for each child.

Building a positive future for young people’s mental health

Date: 17 September 2020
Time: 17:30 – 18:00

This virtual event, hosted by Cardiff University, will explore research into anxiety and depression in young people. Professor Simon Murphy, Director of DECIPHer, will be speaking on the role of schools in supporting young people’s mental health.

The Brilliant Club: Working with parents & carers to make access to university fair for young people

In the UK today, there is an entrenched link between a pupil’s background and their access to higher education. The UCAS Equality measure shows that 1 in 4 of the most advantaged quintile of English 18-year olds enter highly selective universities, compared to only 1 in 50 pupils from the most disadvantaged quintile.

The Brilliant Club is a UK-wide charity that aims to make access to university fair for all young people. We work with schools and universities across the UK. The charity exists to increase the number of pupils from underrepresented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities.

On the 14th and 17th of September we will be hosting a free virtual event to talk with parents and carers about their thoughts, concerns, and experiences with supporting young people who are considering their post-school options. The events will involve a brief introduction to the charity and the work we currently do, before splitting up into smaller groups to have an informal discussion about support for parents and carers of school-aged students regarding making decisions about attending university. There are no requirements to discuss anything you are uncomfortable with, and no one will be put on the spot to answer specific questions.

Registration:

If you are interested in attending, please register at Eventbrite.

Laura Johnstone
National Manager for The Scholars Programme
laura.johnstone@thebrilliantclub.org

Find out more about The Brilliant Club:
Twitter: @BrilliantClub
Website: Brilliant Club

International virtual conference: A call to action to change child welfare

Kempe Center International Virtual Conference:
A call to action to change child welfare
October 5-8, 2020

For more than 40 years, ISPCAN and the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect have shared a mission to end child maltreatment in all of its forms. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic shining a light on disparities and inequities around the globe, we have partnered on this first-of-its-kind virtual conference that will bring together professionals across disciplines who want to create and mobilize change in child welfare and improve outcomes for families worldwide. 

Organized to create community, connections, and relationships and to encourage curiosity and challenging traditional structures and ideas, we invite you to join those with lived experience; child welfare practitioners, supervisors, and administrators; legal, mental health, and medical professionals; community and neighborhood leaders; researchers; policymakers; advocates; and other thought leaders from around the worldexpected to be 1,500 strong—in re-envisioning child welfare and how you can be a change agent in your nations and communities. Let’s get to work!

Conference highlights

  • More than 250 sessions that showcase new and transformational ideas
  • Sessions offered in three, 6-hour blocks each day, to allow for all time zones to participate
  • Presenters from around the world, including ISPCAN Councilors Dr. Rajeev Seth and Dr. Jordan Greenbaum
  • Innovative format including opening sessions, discussion groups, workshops, conversation circles, and media circles

To learn more about the program and pricing, visit the conference  website: KempeConference.org. If you have any questions about the conference, contact kempeconference@ucdenver.edu.

Education during COVID-19: Experiences of the fostering sector

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we have heard how fostering households across the UK quickly adapted to support children in these unprecedented times. Many foster carers assumed additional responsibilities and roles overnight: supporting children with home learning, supervising virtual contact with birth families in their own home, facilitating virtual social worker visits as well as all their usual fostering duties and responsibilities.

Lockdown has had a significant impact on fostering households. While some foster carers have reported an increase in challenging behaviour and concerns about the wellbeing of children, some fostering families have seen benefits of children being in one place for a sustained period of time and they have seen children feeling settled and calm.

Survey results
Children and young people’s views on education during the pandemic

To understand more about fostered children’s experiences of education during the pandemic we launched a rapid response survey for foster carers and fostering services across the UK.

The survey received 487 foster carer responses representing 870 fostered children and young people from across the UK. We received 48 responses from fostering service members of staff. In addition, we were able to gather the thoughts and feelings of a small group of children and young people about their experiences of education and thoughts about returning to school.

The evidence shows that the vast majority of children in foster care have been not attending educational settings and have received very different offers and experiences of education throughout the coronavirus pandemic. While some have thrived from more one to one support and the removal of some external pressures, others have experienced increased anxiety and other mental health problems and have been excluded before being given the chance to attend educational provisions. The experience of educating during lockdown has also brought to the fore the need for more individualised education plans for looked after children.

Survey results
Children and young people’s views on transitioning back to their education providers

The survey results have helped provide an understanding about both the educational experience of fostered children during lockdown and their needs as they transition back to school. To find out more about this survey and the key findings please see the full report.

Charlotte Wooders: Charlotte.Wooders@fostering.net
Twitter: The Fostering Network in Wales

Applying corporate parenting principles to looked-after children and care leavers

Location: England

Author: Department for Education

Year: 2018

Summary:

This guidance is for local authorities and their ‘relevant partners’ (as defined in section 10 of the Children Act 2004) and others who contribute to services provided to looked-after children and care leavers.

It is designed to help local authorities consider the kinds of services that may be offered with regard to the corporate parenting principles.

Allowances Report 2019-20 for England

Location: England

Author: The Fostering Network

Year: 2019

Summary:

In the summer of 2019, The Fostering Network conducted a survey of local authorities in England via freedom of information (FOI) requests. The purpose of the survey was monitor whether local authorities who have previously set their allowances below or at the NMA level are meeting the NMAs set by the Department for Education. This report includes the data from fostering services who have set their allowances below or at the NMA level over the past five years, including this year. 58 local authorities met this criterion.

The local authorities were asked the following question:
1) Please could you tell me your 2019-20 weekly foster care allowances for all age bands, NOT including any fee/reward element for foster carers?
In addition, we asked all local authorities in England the details of the allowances given to former foster carers in Staying Put arrangements and the foster care allowance level for 16-18 to make comparisons of any changes post-18. The results from these questions will be published in a separate forthcoming Staying Put report.
Even though FOI requests should be a reliable way of gathering information, we became aware that some of the information that was given to us was not correct. Where we have become aware of inaccuracies we have sought for clarification and used the updated, accurate figures in the tables below rather than the figures obtained via the FOI request. In each of these cases we have sought clarification direct from the local authority. Given the difficulty in sometimes gathering accurate information about foster care, it highlights the need to make clear and publicly available all foster care allowances set by fostering services.

Surveillance and monitoring in residential childcare settings

Location: England

Author: Ofsted

Year: 2019

Summary:

This information is for providers and managers on the use of surveillance, including CCTV, in their residential childcare settings and how Ofsted will evaluate its use.

This guidance relates to the following residential settings in which inspectors will expect that the remit-specific regulations and guidance are being followed:

  • children’s homes
  • residential family centres
  • secure children’s homes

For residential accommodation in schools, inspectors will evaluate the arrangements against the best practice principles set out in this guidance.