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Weekly News Bulletin 

Wednesday 22nd June 2022

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Small Charity Week
It's not often small charities have time to pause and celebrate the joys - or even the challenges - of being small, but we hope you'll all take a moment this week to think about the small charity you work for, volunteer for or see supporting your local community. There are more than you might expect, because many of us are smaller than we look! Children England is thinking of the many people who help our tiny staff team achieve impact that defies the maths of our organisational size, including our trustees, our members in the children and families sector, our Young Leaders, our funders and a host of colleagues, campaigners and friends in academia, public services and grassroots organisations. 

Here are some resources to help small charities celebrate - and address the challenges!

Children England Member Forum: the Care Experienced Movement
Leaders of Children England member organisations are warmly invited to book your place at our upcoming Member Forum, where you can find out about the newly established Care Experienced Movement.

They describe themselves: "We are a force of care experienced people coming together to take back ownership over what it means to be care experienced. We want our Care Experienced community up on the platform it rightfully deserves to be on, to use their own voices."

Hear from them, bring questions and discuss how children's charities can support their mission.

Date: Wednesday 6th July
Time: 3 - 4pm
Online - link will be sent to participants 
Book your free place here
Or contact us to check your membership status.

Contents

Government and Parliamentary News 

Government reports on children's rights progress to the UN
The government has submitted its report on progress to meet the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This included responding to a List of Issues from the UN Committee, informed by civil society organisations including children's charities. For this reporting round, the government consulted over 5,000 children around the country on how their rights are being met, and has produced a child-friendly infographic showing what is being done to support children's rights in areas such as internet safety, money and protecting children in conflict with the law.

CRAE is co-ordinating civil society's alternative report on progress to protect children's rights in England, which is due in December. Organisations not already involved in this initiative can apply to become members of CRAE in order to get involved.

Statistics: Special educational needs in England
The Department for Education has published latest statistics drawn from school censuses showing that just under 1.5m pupils in England have special educational need and that 355,566 or 4% pupils had an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or Statement of Special Educational (SEN) need in the year 2021 - 22, up by 9.2% on the previous year. In addition the figures show:
  • The most common type of need among pupils with an EHC plan is autistic spectrum disorder
  • The most common type of need among pupils with SEN support is speech, language and communication needs
  • 39.7% of pupils with an EHC plan and 36.4% of pupils with SEN support are eligible for free school meals in 2022. This compares to 22.5% of all pupils in schools
  • SEN is most prevalent in the Traveller of Irish heritage ethnic group: 24.3% of pupils recorded as Traveller of Irish heritage ethnic group had SEN support in 2022, and a further 5.7% had an EHC plan
Tackling the gap between student mental health services and the NHS
The government has announced investment of £3 million to close the gap in mental health services for students. The new scheme will bring together university, NHS and mental health services to create regional partnerships which could include physical hubs that students can visit in-person. It will learn from areas that are already connecting university and NHS services, such as the five locations – Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield, and North London – which have developed approaches to bring together services into a physical hub that students can visit, funded via the Office for Students challenge fund.

Apply for a role in the early years recovery programme
The Department for Education is looking for experienced early years professionals to become experts and mentors in its programme offering bespoke support for early years practitioners, leaders and whole settings including through coaching, mentoring and whole-setting support. In this phase, the Department is looking for:
  • mentors to provide online or remote support to early years practitioners as they complete a new online child development training package
  • experts to provide face-to-face support to leaders of settings

All roles will focus on helping children recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including narrowing the gap between disadvantaged children and others. The deadline is 1st July 2022.

Sector News and Publications


45 desks - free to a good charitable home in London
A Good Thing, which matches business donations to charities that need them, has 45 white Herman Miller bench desks available in the London area. Each measures 1500mm by 800mm. Ideally taken as a whole lot, they are free to a charity able to collect them. A Good Thing would like to find them a home before mid-July if possible.

Family Awareness Week
This week Adfam are raising awareness of families affected by a loved one's substance use. Five million adults are affected in this way, and to enable their work to support them, Adfam are inviting people to take on a different challenge each day this week. The remaining ones are:
  • Wednesday - Move Five: Run, Walk, Skip, Jump and take on the 5k/500m challenge.
  • Thursday - Take Five: Find support and help and take 5 minutes for yourself. 
  • Friday - Give FiveDonate £5 to support families
Safeguarding risks to Ukrainian children and families matched with UK hosts
CYP Now reports on its Freedom of Information requests to local authorities showing that, of the councils who responded, 16% had flagged with the Home Office that one or more sponsors matched to provide a home to Ukrainian refugees in their area was a safeguarding risk. Overall, at least 36 alerts to potential safeguarding risks were made across the 76 local authorities. The report points out that almost a quarter of Ukrainian refugees hosted through this Homes for Ukraine scheme are children, and that civil society organisations are calling for a central matching scheme with government oversight to provide greater protection for refugees.

New research partnership to define 'success' for care leavers
A new tool to measure outcomes for care leavers has been launched by Become and The Rees Centre at the University of Oxford, Social Work Today reports. The three-year research partnership will be working with young people who are leaving or have left care to try and understand what success means to them and when they think success should be measured. Whilst policy-makers and other professionals have their own measures for what a 'successful' transition to adult like looks like, the research aims to create a tool to roll out to local authorities so that they can measure what matters to young people leaving care themselves.

Campaign to recognise early years educators
Leading membership organisation the Early Years Alliance has today launched a new campaign to recognise those working in the early years as education professionals.  #WeAreEducators aims to help those working in the early years sector highlight to parents, local communities and policymakers the unique importance of the early years and the role the early years workforce plays in shaping children’s lives.  

As part of the campaign, the Alliance will be directly contacting MPs and peers to ask them to voice their support for the early years sector, and their recognition of the early years workforce as educators. In addition, educators who sign up to the campaign will be given access to a free #WeAreEducators toolkit which includes a mini-guide on how to highlight the early education being delivered at their settings when communicating with parents and carers, a template letter to send to their MP inviting them to visit their setting to view education delivered in action, and posters, social media graphics and other materials to help settings to highlight the vital role of play in early learning. 

Public perceptions of early childhood development
The Royal Foundation's Centre for Early Childhood has published research into into public perceptions of early childhood, focusing on three key areas: the prioritisation of the early years, the link between the first five years of life and lifelong outcomes for mental health and wellbeing and the support parents seek when raising young children. It shows that:
  • Nine in ten agree the early years are important in shaping a person’s future life but less than a fifth recognise the unique importance of the 0-5 period
  • Seven in ten think the early years should be more of a priority for society 
  • Majority of public recognise a person’s future mental health and wellbeing most likely to be affected by their early childhood
  • Community support networks found to be crucial for parents 
  • Parents more likely to seek support for child’s physical wellbeing than social and emotional development

Sector Vacancies


At NCVO

Research and Insight Manager (quantitative research)
Contract: Full time, permanent, with applications for flexibility, job-share or part-time working welcome
Salary: £44,051
Location: London, with remote working option available
Deadline: 24th June 2022
As NCVO’s research and insight manager, you’ll lead the data collection, analysis, writing and communication of the UK Civil Society Almanac – the most comprehensive overview of the voluntary sector’s finances, workforce, volunteers and impact. The Almanac was crucial in securing the £750m support fund for charities at the start of covid-19.

At In Kind Direct

Research and Policy Manager
Contract: Permanent, full time - flexible options considered
Salary: £40 - £45,000
Location: Remote, with 2 days per week in the London office
Deadline: 27th June 2022
Join us in a newly created role, to help drive and shape our growth. You will develop and lead a coordinated policy and research approach that harnesses the collective voice of our network to challenge the systems in which we operate and achieve more for communities. This role sits within the Partnerships & Impact team, ensuring our impact, voice and financial health are aligned. It has line management and some budget responsibility.

At Just for Kids Law
All the vacancies below are #OpenToAll

Youth Opportunities Worker (maternity cover)
Contract: 12-month fixed term contract (maternity cover)
Location: Central London    
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) 
Salary: £28,700 - £32,800 (dependent on experience in directly equivalent role)
Deadline: 9am on Friday 24th June 2022

The role of the Youth Opportunities Worker is to work with children and young people aged 16-24, referred by internal teams, to support them through difficulties, needs and issues relating to accessing employment, education and training (EET) and other positive activities.

The role provides an important part of the holistic casework support provided by our practice teams and recognises the significant barriers that young people face in both personal and professional development. The Youth Opportunities Worker will work with young people on a one-to-one basis and will also host group activities where appropriate.

Youth Advocate x 2
Contract: 12 month fixed-term contract (with possibility of extension)
Location: Central London    
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) 
Salary: £28,700 - £32,800 (dependent on experience in directly equivalent role) 
Deadline: 11.59pm on Sunday 10th July 2022

The role of the Youth Advocate is to provide high quality, holistic advocacy support, amplifying the voice of children and young people in challenging situations and supporting them to communicate their wishes and feelings to professionals in their lives and to have these taken seriously. Youth Advocates also provide accurate information, including access to specialist support, to enable young people to make informed decisions within and outside of Just for Kids Law. The advocate does this by working relationally with young people, being a positive, reliable and boundaried professional, providing pastoral support where needed, and supporting children and young people to develop skills and confidence to advocate for themselves. 


At Young Citizens

Trustees (including Young Trustees) x 4
Deadline: 9am, 4th July

We are looking for up to four new trustees to join our talented Board of senior leaders to help to steer the charity through a time of exciting change and development. In particular, we would like to recruit at least one young person aged 18-25  who is passionate about encouraging young people to take an active part in society.

Being a trustee at Young Citizens is a rewarding and exciting experience. With around 20 employees and 2,500 volunteers based across the UK, you’ll join a strong network of people dedicated to spreading the citizenship message.

Trustees not only help safeguard the charity over time but help the organisation and team thrive through their advice, strategic guidance and insight. Successful candidates will work with our leadership team to support the planning and development of an ambitious five-year strategy. 

Events, training and consultancy services
 

At Children England:

Children England Member Forum: the Care Experienced Movement
Leaders of Children England member organisations are warmly invited to book your place at our upcoming Member Forum, where you can find out about the newly established Care Experienced Movement.

They describe themselves: "We are a force of care experienced people coming together to take back ownership over what it means to be care experienced. We want our Care Experienced community up on the platform it rightfully deserves to be on, to use their own voices."

Hear from them, bring questions and discuss how children's charities can support their mission.

Date: Wednesday 6th July
Time: 3 - 4pm
Online - link will be sent to participants 
Book your free place here
Or contact us to check your membership status.
 


From NCVO and the Lloyds Bank Foundation:

The Procurement Bill: what it means for the voluntary sector
Date: Tuesday 12th July
Time: 10.30am - 11.30am
Online, free
In May Government published a new Procurement Bill. The Bill sets out the new procurement rules that Government are intending to apply to how all contracting authorities select and pay for public services. This session will provide:

  • an overview of the ambitions of the Bill and key changes that are planned
  • an overview of key areas of the Bill where we are keen to influence further change
  • an overview of how the Bill will progress and how you can get involved in influencing
  • a chance to discuss your priorities for the Bill and how these can feed into sector influencing

At Healthcare Conferences UK

CAMHS National Summit 2022 
Date: Thursday 22nd September
Online

This national conference focuses on transforming mental health services for children and young people, ensuring early intervention, and developing integrated services with clear care pathways from first intervention to crisis and inpatient care. The conference will also look at national developments and learning from the Covid-19 pandemic and how CAMHS has had to adapt and innovate to provide effective care. The conference will address suicide prevention and learning from suicide and also safeguarding and CAMHS. 

Get a 20% discount with code hcuk20che. 


Sexual abuse and mental health: reducing the impact of sexual abuse on mental health
Date: Friday 18th November 2022
Online

Researched and produced in collaboration with Paul Scates Peer Specialist, Campaigner and Survivor of Sexual Abuse, this important and timely conference focuses on the important issue of sexual abuse and mental health and reducing the impact of abuse on mental health. National updates, survivor perspectives, expert sessions and practical case studies will cover many areas including:

  • The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown on sexual abuse and mental  health
  • Meeting the national commitment to ensure victims of sexual abuse receive a lifetime of effective mental health care
  • Helping reduce the impact of abuse on later mental health problems
  • Reflecting on the lived experience from a survivor perspective
  • What does a gold standard sexual abuse pathway look like?
  • Delivering a recovery focused approach for survivors
Get a 20% discount with code hcuk20che.
For Children England's current events calendar please
click through to our website.

Up to date lists for our training services are also online, as is a price list for the courses you can request from us. 

Consultations

(new consultations and inquiries are marked in *bold*):

Closing 30th June 202
UN survey for children on climate change

EXTENDED: Closing 22nd July 2022
Department for Education and Department of Health and Social Care: SEND review

Closing 5th July 2022
Department of Health and Social Care: Mental health and wellbeing plan - discussion paper and call for evidence
Easy read version

Closing 7th July 2022
Department of Health and Social Care: Changes to the Mental Capacity Act

*Closing 25th July 2022*
Department for Education: Access to schools for education and training providers

*Closing 29th July 2022*
Ofsted: New inspection judgement on experiences and progress of care leavers

*Closing 29th July 2022*
Department for Education: School registers and national thresholds for legal intervention

*Closing 12th August*
Department for Education: Reviews of Education, Health and Care plans - proposed timescales

Closing 9th September 2022
Department for Education: Implementing the direct national funding formula for schools

Closing 11th September 2022
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission: A new approach to SEND inspections
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