Ofsted inspections

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.

SourceOfsted  Date: 14 December 2018

Further informationFramework, evaluation criteria and inspector guidance for the inspections of local authority children’s services (PDF)


Prevent referrals

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.

SourceHome Office  Date: 13 December 2018

Further informationIndividuals 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.

SourceDfE  Date: 20 December 2018

Further informationTransforming children and young people’s mental health trailblazers

Health, sex and relationships education

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.

SourceHome Office  Date: 15 November 2018 / CASPAR

Further informationForced marriage consultation document (PDF)


Bullying statistics: 2018

The Department for Education (DfE) has released statistics on the prevalence of bullying amongst 10-15-year-olds across England from April 2013 to March 2018. Analysis is based on the ONS crime survey for England and Wales and includes: the frequency of the bullying; where bullying takes place; the types of bullying, including cyberbullying; bullying rate by characteristics such as gender, age, ethnicity, religion and region.

SourceDfE  Date: 12 November 2018 / CASPAR

Further informationBullying in England: April 2013 to March 2018 (PDF)


Mental health in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated guidance for schools on supporting pupils with mental health problems. Updates include: information about school responsibilities in relation to mental health; how to identify behaviours that might be related to mental health problems; working with external professionals and agencies; where to find further support.

SourceDfE  Date: 12 November 2018 / CASPAR

Further informationMental health and behaviour in schools (PDF)


Knife crime: statistics

The House of Commons Library has provided a briefing paper on knife crime in England and Wales, based on data published by the Office of National Statistics’ (ONS). The briefing states: according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, in the year ending March 2016, 6.2 per cent of 10-15-year-olds knew someone who carried a knife for their own protection; for the same period 0.3 per cent of 10-15-year-olds reported that they carried a knife themselves.

SourceHouse of Commons Library  Date: 9 November 2018 / CASPAR

Further informationKnife crime in England and Wales (PDF)



Consent online: resources

The UK Safer Internet Centre has developed a series of resources for 3-18-year-olds focusing on the topic of consent online and how consent is asked for, given and received in different circumstances. The resources, available in English and Welsh, feature four educational packs for children and young people, a pack for parents and carers and a pack to support educators. The resources accompany Safer internet day 2019 which takes place on 5th February 2019.

SourceUK Safer Internet Centre  Date: 7 November 2018

Further informationEducation packs

Source: CASPAR

Prevent statutory duty: guidance for further education providers

Prevent statutory duty: guidance for further education providers 

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for further education (FE) providers and skills providers within the FE sector in England on the prevent duty. The guidance covers: what the prevent duty is; safeguarding responsibilities; and recommendations on recruitment, induction and ongoing assessment.

Source: DfE Date: 05 October 2018

Further information: Work based learners and the prevent statutory duty: guidance for providers (PDF)