5th February 2018

Create, Connect and Share Respect - A better internet starts with you

Create, Connect and Share Respect - A better internet starts with you

Safer Internet Day 2018 is celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018. Join more than a thousand organisations across the UK to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. To find out more click here


8th January 2018

Keeping children safe in education: consultation on proposed changes

The Department for Education (DfE) is consulting on proposed changes to its statutory guidance on keeping children safe in education. These will reflect the changes being made to the Working together to safeguard children statutory guidance. The consultation also seeks views on a new non-statutory advice document on responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges. Deadline is 22 February 2018.

Source:     Date: 14 December 2017

Further information: Overview of the consultation 

Keeping children safe in education - consultation document (PDF)

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges (PDF)

2nd January 2018

Child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has published findiChild sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economyngs from a study carried out by NatCen Social Research looking at what workers in night-time economy – businesses and services that have direct contact with the public after 6pm – know and do about child sexual exploitation (CSE), and child sexual abuse (CSA). The study of 126 night economy workers found that: perceptions of risk ranged from high to none at all across the industries and roles; not all workers in the night-time economy feel equipped to recognise and respond to the warning signs; levels of training, information and support around CSE varied across industry sectors; and that  training is not widespread across the night-time economy. 

Source: Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse summary of Responding to child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy  Date: 21 December 2017

Further information: Responding to child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy (PDF)

27th November 2017

Elective home education

Elective home education

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has published findings from a survey of local authorities in England looking at the characteristics of children and young people who are known to be home schooled. Findings from 118 local authorities who responded to the survey show that 35,487 children and young people were known to be home schooled on school census day, 5 October 2017. The analysis covers: the most common reasons given for home schooling; ways of supporting home schooling children and their families; information about safeguarding issues; and comments on existing legislation and guidance.

Source: ADCS  Date: 17 November 2017

Further information: Summary analysis of the ADCS elective home education survey October 2017 (PDF)

30th October 2017

Review of children mental health services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a review looking at the quality and accessibility of mental health services for children and young people in England. Findings from the review, commissioned by the Prime Minister, include: the system is complex and fragmented - mental health care is funded, commissioned and provided by many different organisations that do not always work together in a joined-up way; children and young people expressed major concerns about how long they waited to access mental health support and that mental health care did not always feel person-centred and responsive to their needs; safety is seen as the greatest overall area of concern in specialist child and adolescent mental health services.

Source: CQC  Date: 26 October 2017

Further information: Review of children and young people’s mental health services: phase one report (PDF)