Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM)
The Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Home Office have updated the multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation.
Source: Gov.uk Date: 08 October 2018
Further information: Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (PDF)
Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings: guidance
Ofsted has updated guidance for inspectors to use when inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings. The update clarifies guidance about individuals who start work in settings before their Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificates are available
Source: Ofsted Date: 10 October 2018
Mental health provision and wellbeing in schools
The Department for Education (DfE) has published a report summarising findings from a research project looking at the information schools in England provide to support their pupils’ wellbeing and mental health. Findings from a study involving 45 secondary schools, 45 primary schools and 10 special schools include: a variety of approaches, interventions, and support were identified in schools’ policies that can contribute towards the promotion of mental health and wellbeing; schools would benefit from further awareness, advice and resources to enable stand-alone interventions to be further embedded within whole-school strategies that promote the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils
Source: DfE Date: 19 September 2018
Further information: Mental health and wellbeing provision in schools: review of published policies and information: research report (PDF)
A third of secondary school pupils are suffering from mental health issues
A study by Action for Children has revealed that a third of 15- to 18-year-olds in the UK struggle with mental health or emotional well-being issues. Depression, restless sleep, and an inability to focus are among problems highlighted.
The charity last year launched its Blues Programme, which provides early support for secondary school pupils with depression.
Source: Action for Children Date: 18 October 2018
Further information: The Blues Programme
Rise in number of school referrals to social services
New government figures have revealed that schools referred more than 119,000 children to social services in 2017-18.
Schools were the second-largest source of referrals after the police, sending more than 119,000 children to social services in the year up to 31 March, up by almost 4,500 compared with the same period in 2016-17.
Source: DfE Date: 25 October 2018
Ofsted has released new guidance on the criteria for, and process of, registering with Ofsted for childminders, nurseries, nannies and others providing childcare. Guidance is provided on: registration exemptions; legislation; inspections; suitability checks; registration for childcare on domestic premises and registration for early years care.
Source: Ofsted Date: 30 October 2018
Homicide in Scotland: 2017/18
The Scottish Government has released statistics on the number of homicide cases recorded by police in Scotland for 2017/2018. Data show that between 2008/09 and 2017/18, 36 children under 16-years-old were victims of homicide. 83 percent of these were killed by one of their parents.
Source: Scottish Government Date: 30 October 2018
Further information: Homicide in Scotland 2017-18 (PDF)
Statistics: alcohol and drug treatment
Public Health England has released statistics from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) on adults receiving treatment in England for drug and alcohol related problems in 2017/18. Section 8 relates to parental status and safeguarding children and states that there were 25,593 people who started treatment in 2017/18 who said they lived with a total of 46,109 children under 18 and a further 38,852 who said they were parents but did not currently live with their children. 69 percent (44,647) of these parents and people living with children said that the children were not engaged with children’s social care services.
Source: Public Health England Date: 1 November 2018
Read more on NSPCC Learning: Parental substance misuse
Child trafficking leaflets
The NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) has produced a leaflet, translated into 12 languages, for children who have come to the UK from another country. The leaflet explains: how to ask for help; who to ask for help; what words like “refugee”, “asylum seeker” and “trafficking” mean; what help is available for children who have come to the UK from another country.
Source: NSPCC Learning: Child trafficking leaflets for children and young people Date: 29 October 2018
Read more on NSPCC Learning: Protecting children from trafficking and modern slavery
Parental responsibility guidance
The Department for Education has published guidance to help schools and local authorities in England understand and deal with issues relating to parental responsibility as recognised by education law, in particular in situations where parental responsibility can be confusing or unclear.
Source: DfE Date: 03 September 2018