Mental health trials launch in schools
The government has announced that up to 370 schools in England will take part in a series of trials testing different approaches to supporting young people’s mental health including: mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques and breathing exercises to help them regulate their emotions. Led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in partnership with University College London the study will run until 2021, and aims to give schools evidence about what works best for their students’ mental health and wellbeing.
Source: Department for Education & NSPCC
Children and young people’s mental health
NHS England has published a ten year plan to improve the quality of patient care and health outcomes. Measures outlined in the plan include: investing in and expanding access to community-based mental health services to meet the needs of more children and young people; expanding the provision of timely, age-appropriate mental health crisis services for children and young people; embedding mental health support in schools and colleges and developing a new approach to young adult mental health services for people aged 18-25 to support the transition to adulthood.
Source: NHS England Date: 07 January 2019 & NSPCC
Further information: The NHS Long Term Plan (PDF)
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Read more on NSPCC Learning: Improving local mental health services for children who have experienced abuse or neglect
UK Youth Parliament launch action against knife crime
The UK Youth Parliament has launched a campaign calling for a reduction in knife crime across the UK The campaign ‘Action against knife crime’ calls on the government to combat violence through education in schools and community groups. 1.1 million young people declared knife crime a top concern in the UK Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark ballot. The organisation is also campaigning to lower the voting age to 16.
Source: UK Youth Parliament Date: 25 January 2019
School complaints procedures: guidance for schools
The Department for Education (DfE) has published best practice guidance for school complaints procedures 2019. The guidance outlines procedures for dealing with complaints and includes a model complaints procedure for governing bodies to tailor to their school.
Source: DfE Date: 11 January 2019 & NSPCC
Further information: Best practice guidance for school complaints procedures 2019
Changes to the education inspection framework: consultation
Ofsted has published consultation proposals on how they inspect schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers in England, to take effect from September 2019. Proposals include a revised framework to focus inspection on what children learn through the curriculum, rather than over-reliance on performance data. The consultation closes on 05 April 2019.
Source: Ofsted Date: 16 January 2018 & NSPCC
Further information: The education inspection framework (PDF)
Ofsted has published updates to its Framework for inspecting local authority services for children in need of help and protection, children in care and care leavers. Updates include: redrafted guidance on recording evidence to reflect new recording tools, updated arrangements for monitoring visits to inadequate local authorities and new guidance for inspectors when inspecting a local authority being reviewed or supported by a children’s services commissioner appointed by the Secretary of State for Education.
Source: Ofsted Date: 14 December 2018
Further information: Framework, evaluation criteria and inspector guidance for the inspections of local authority children’s services (PDF)
The Home Office has released statistics on the number of individuals referred to the Prevent Programme in England and Wales during 2017/18. 2,420 individuals were referred by the education sector, 33 per cent of the total for that period and the highest number from any sector. Individuals referred from the education sector also had the youngest median age of 14-years-old compared with all other sectors.
Source: Home Office Date: 13 December 2018
Further information: Individuals referred to and supported through the Prevent Programme, April 2017 to March 2018 (PDF)
Mental health support
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that 25 mental health support teams based in and near schools and colleges in England will provide support in 2019. The support teams will: build on support already in place from school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists and the voluntary sector; support children and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems; help children and young people with more severe needs to access the right support, and provide a link to specialist NHS services.
Source: DfE Date: 20 December 2018
Further information: Transforming children and young people’s mental health trailblazers
Health, sex and relationships education
The Department of Education (DfE) has announced that life-saving skills and first-aid, including CPR, will be taught in all schools in England under plans for health education to become compulsory from 2020. Proposals form part of plans to strengthen the teaching of health, sex and relationships education with pupils taught: how to administer CPR; the purpose of defibrillators; basic treatments for common injuries.
Source: DfE Date: 3 January 2019
Forced marriage: mandatory reporting
The Home Office has called for responses to a proposed mandatory reporting duty requiring professionals to report cases of forced marriage. Questions for consideration include: the introduction of a mandatory reporting duty on forced marriage; what types of cases should be reported under a new duty; which age groups should be subject to a mandatory reporting duty; which professionals should the duty apply to and to whom reports should be made. The consultation closes at 11pm on 23 January 2019.
Source: Home Office Date: 15 November 2018 / CASPAR
Further information: Forced marriage consultation document (PDF)