Mental health reforms to focus on young people, says PM

Mental health reforms to focus on young people, says PM

Plans to “transform” attitudes to mental health, with a focus on children and young people, have been announced by Theresa May.

Additional training for teachers, an extra £15m for community care, and improved support in the workplace were among measures announced by the PM.

Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services.

Mrs May’s speech comes as she outlined her plans to use the state to create a “shared society”.

The government says one in four people has a mental disorder at some point in their life, with an annual cost of £105bn.

Figures show young people are affected disproportionately with over half of mental health problems starting by the age of 14 and 75% by 18.

The prime minister said mental health had been “dangerously disregarded” as secondary to physical health and changing that would go “right to the heart of our humanity”.

Source: BBC News

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‘Bonfire of children’s rights’ Bill opposed

‘Bonfire of children’s rights’ Bill opposed

A Bill described as “a bonfire of child protection rights”, which would let councils opt out of key legal duties to children, is being debated on Tuesday.

The Children and Social Work Bill would let local councils apply to set aside children’s rights and checks on care to try out innovative ways of working.

The government argues it is a bold approach to removing red tape.

But campaigners say allowing councils to opt out of these long-standing duties is risky and unnecessary.

The legal duties affected by the Bill relate to nearly all the social care services children receive from local authorities laid down in numerous acts of Parliament

These include statutory rights on child protection, family support, children’s homes and fostering, support to care leavers and services for disabled children.

Source: BBC News

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FGM resources for healthcare professionals.

FGM resources for healthcare professionals.

Summary: A set of four films about female genital mutilation (FGM) for healthcare professionals. Topics covered include: personal experiences of FGM; mandatory reporting; the impact of FGM on mental health and how healthcare professionals can support victims. Videos are hosted by YouTube.
Publication details: [London]: Department of Health, 2016
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Source: NSPCC

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Children missing education: statutory guidance for local authorities.

Children missing education: statutory guidance for local authorities.

Summary: Updated guidance on identifying children who are missing education and helping them get back into it. Changes have been made to help local authorities and schools in England meet the recent changes to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006. Key points include: children missing education are at significant risk of being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation; effective information sharing between parents, schools and local authorities is critical to ensuring that all children of compulsory school age are safe and receiving suitable education.
Publication details: London: Department for Education (DfE), 2016
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Source: NSPCC

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Child arrests in England and Wales 2015: research briefing.

Child arrests in England and Wales 2015: research briefing.

Summary: Briefing paper analysing freedom of information data from 43 police service areas in England and Wales and the British Transport Police. Finds that there were 101,926 child arrests in England and Wales in 2015, a reduction of 59 per cent since 2010; every force in England and Wales has reduced the number of child arrests between 2010 and 2015, with Humberside Police achieving a 77 per cent reduction; arrests of girls have fallen at a faster rate than that of boys. Outlines areas of best practice which have led to these reductions including a case study of Humberside Police.
Publication details: London: Howard League for Penal Reform, 2016
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Source: NSPCC

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Lessons from serious case reviews: paediatrics and A&E care.

Lessons from serious case reviews: paediatrics and A&E care.

Authors: NSPCC
Format: Article
Summary: Summarises findings from an NSPCC analysis of serious case reviews, published between 2013-2015, highlighting key lessons for paediatrics and accident and emergency teams to improve safeguarding practice. Includes the need for medical staff to be able to recognise signs of child abuse and neglect and be clear about what action to take if they are worried.
Source: NSPCC

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Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools: third report of session 2016–17

Sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools: third report of session 2016–17.

Authors: House of Commons. Women and Equalities Committee
Format: Online report
Summary: Presents findings of an inquiry into sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools across England. Data submitted to the inquiry indicates that 71 per cent of all 16-18-year-olds say they hear sexual name-calling used towards girls at schools on a daily basis or a few times a week. Emphasises that boys and young men should not be demonised as perpetrators of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and highlights the need for sex and relationships education. Recommends that the government should provide guidance and training for schools and teachers.
Publication details: [London]: House of Commons, 2016
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Film about child sexual exploitation

Film about child sexual exploitation

Fixers has published a short film, created by teenagers, about what child sexual exploitation means and the ways that children and young people can get caught up in it. Advice is also offered about where they can get help if they need it.

Source: Fixers  Date: 01 December 2016

Further information: Child sexual exploitation

 

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Increasing the capacity and diversity of children’s social care services in England

Increasing the capacity and diversity of children’s social care services in England

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an independent report on the potential for increasing the capacity and diversity of children’s social care services in England, and the government’s response to the report.

Source: DfE  Date: 01 December 2016

Further information: The potential for developing the capacity and diversity of children’s social care services in England: independent research report (PDF)

Government response to LaingBuisson’s report on the potential for developing the capacity and diversity of children’s social care services in England (PDF)

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