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NSPCC calls for fix in sexual grooming law

Although police recorded over 1,100 offences of ‘meeting a child following sexual grooming’ in the year to September 2016, the police still can’...
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Children in poorest areas almost 10 times more likely to go into care

New research has revealed that children living in the UK’s poorest neighbourhoods are over 10 times more likely to be taken into care or placed on a...
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Social work self-evaluations to be shared with Ofsted

Ofsted has announced that it will pilot a scheme in which councils send them audits of frontline social work practice, under a new inspection regime. ...
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New draft NICE guideline on improving response to child abuse

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a new draft guideline on child abuse and neglect. It outlines how social wor...
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Guidance on social work and guardian collaboration

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and Cafcass have published a new agreement on how local authority social workers and fami...
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Almost 80% rise in reports of child-on-child sex offences

Police figures have shown that the number of children committing sexual offences against other children has risen by 78% in three years. The figures w...
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SCIE stakeholder events on improving mental health for children in care

The Social Care Institute for Excellent (SCIE) has been commissioned by the Department of Health to manage a project to improve the experiences of loo...
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Robust evidence needed of improvements in CSE support in care homes

A Department for Education report into how well supported children in care homes who are affected by child sexual exploitation (CSE) are has found tha...
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Number of children being adopted continues to decline

Latest government figures have shown that the number of children being adopted is continuing to fall. The ‘Adoption Leadership Board’ shows that t...