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Social workers feel ‘pressured’ into using section 20 arrangements

An inquiry into the use of section 20 arrangements has found that families do not often understand their rights and options when section 20 voluntary ...
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‘Exceptional’ overhaul of child safeguarding services

An evaluation report into a family safeguarding hub in Hertfordshire has praised the scheme, revealing that it saved £2.6 million and cut the number ...
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A quarter of mothers of adopted children grew up in care

A report by Cardiff University has found that 27% of birth mothers and 19% of birth fathers of children placed for adoption were themselves in state c...
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Child protection overview highlights increase in sexual offences

The NSPCC’s latest survey of child protection in the UK has highlighted the increase in the number of recorded sexual offences against children comp...
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Over 9,000 cases of FGM seen in the NHS

Between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 9,179 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where female genital mutilation was identified,...
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Snap Map safeguarding warning

Concerns have been raised about the safeguarding implications of children using a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat. Snap Map, which allows use...
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Rise in safeguarding referrals by GPs

There has been a 15% rise in safeguarding referrals from primary care in recent years, according to figures obtained by GP publication Pulse,...
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Decision-making guidance for children’s social care called for

A report on decision-making in children’s social care has revealed a range of factors that influence decisions and outcomes, including behavioural a...
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Child sexual exploitation ‘Superhero’ campaign

An innovative campaign has been launched to raise awareness among healthcare professionals about child sexual exploitation (CSE). The ‘CSE Superhero...