The Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England on Keeping children safe in education comes into force on 3 September 2018. The guidance includes: changes to information for all staff; the management of safeguarding; and a new section covering child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment. Annex H of the guidance provides a table of all changes.
Source: DfE Date: 03 September 2018
A major new report (PDF) published this week, based on a survey of local residents, reveals the public perception of domestic abuse and the urgent need to tackle it.
Last year in Sutton, domestic abuse accounted for more than a third of incidents of violence resulting in injury (467 out of 1,242)* and Sutton had the twelfth highest number of reports of domestic violence per 1,000 people out of the 32 London boroughs**.
The survey of 270 local residents conducted by Sutton Council in December 2017 revealed:
Many incidents of domestic abuse are not reported to police. The estimated number of victims is thought to be much higher than the number of incidents and crimes recorded.
Domestic abuse has been identified as an urgent policy priority of The Sutton Plan, a partnership of 23 local public, private and voluntary organisations. The Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme has been launched in Sutton, with £1.25 million being invested over three years to improve awareness and services relating to domestic abuse, including early intervention and prevention, such as working with schools.
The survey’s findings are now being used alongside the findings of an independent review of local services to improve the services Sutton provides and the support offered to address issues of domestic abuse over the next two years.
Its aims are:
Cllr Jean Crossby, Sutton’s Anti-domestic abuse champion said, “This campaign is one that is very close to my heart. I know the suffering caused by domestic abuse and fully support any initiative that seeks to reduce this.”
The Domestic Abuse Transformation Programme is a partnership involving Epsom and St Helier hospitals, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police Service, Primary and Secondary School Headteachers, Community Action Sutton (on behalf of the voluntary sector), Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group, Sutton Council and Sutton Housing Partnership, working together to reduce domestic abuse in the borough.
Campaign website: http://notaloneinsutton.org.uk/
Child mental health
The House of Commons Select Committees on Health and Education have findings from a joint inquiry into the government’s green paper, Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision. Key recommendations include: considering the role of health visitors and children’s centres in promoting emotional wellbeing in the early years; a full assessment of the current transition arrangements between child and adult mental health services, with a recommendation that this should be at 25 instead of 18-years-old; considering the social, emotional and mental health needs of young people excluded from school; and a distinct and separate set of proposals for children in care accessing mental health services.
Further information: The government’s green paper on mental health: failing a generation (PDF)