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Weekly Email News Bulletin 

Wednesday 2nd September 2020

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Children England News


According to the Young Leaders of the ChildFair State Inquiry, what should life look like after Covid-19? 
Children England recently submitted evidence from the ChildFair State Inquiry to the Lords Committee inquiry into what life should look like after the pandemic. Although this is not the Young Leaders' final vision for a ChildFair state, it is a valuable insight into their findings and the ideas coming from their work in the last few weeks, which can be watched at this link. We hope the Lords Committee will respond to the Young Leaders' invitation to join the conversation about what a ChildFair State could entail.

A valuable new data tool for policy and campaigning on children's services
Last week Children England members were introduced to a new platform from the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, which brings together a huge host of government data on children's social care interventions and spending by local authority, plus many other local factors affecting children such as access to green space and pollution levels. If you wanted data on the huge inequalities affecting children but found government statistics difficult to find and unwieldy to compare, we recommend you try the data visualisation on the CWIP application: it's free and lends itself much more neatly to understanding and communicating the issues.
 

Contents

Parliamentary News and Publications

Government guidance updated for the education sector
As schools return this week, the Department for Education has published and updated the following resources:

Sector News and Publications

Excluded, exploited, forgotten: Childhood criminal exploitation and school exclusions
Just for Kids Law has published new research which highlights how vulnerable children are being excluded from school for behaviour resulting from being criminally exploited by gangs and drugs traffickers. They found that
  • Children who are outside of mainstream education are more vulnerable to becoming the victim of childhood criminal exploitation,
  • and children who have experienced exploitation will be more vulnerable to exclusion and may be disproportionately impacted by exclusion.
They recommend that in the Department for Education's rewrite of the statutory guidance, it should include provisions that mitigate the risk that victims of exploitation will be excluded and protect the children most vulnerable to exploitation in the future.

21 local authorities announced for scale-up of Social Workers in Schools pilot study
What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) has announced that 21 local authorities in England will receive funding to place social workers in their schools to help reduce referral rates to children’s social care. The funding is part of an expansion of the promising Social Workers in Schools pilot study, which took place in Lambeth, Southampton and Stockport. The scale-up of this project is part of a wider programme of work announced by the Department for Education in May of this year, to provide up to £9.9 million to fund research by WWCSC to improve the lives of children and young people in England who have had a social worker. The local authorities include:
  • Croydon
  • Gateshead
  • Salford
  • Swindon
  • Wolverhampton
Three new projects to support the education of children with a social worker announced
WWCSC have recently announced details of three projects designed to support the education of children with a social worker, with funding of over £400,000. These projects, based in Bath and North East Somerset, York and Hartlepool, aim to close this attainment gap by placing an advisory teacher within children’s social care teams. This post will help schools to improve their ability to support students displaying challenging behaviour, and provide support for vulnerable children as they transition into secondary school.

Family Action's response to Covid-19
Since lockdown began in March, Family Action have been providing a broad range of support; from useful resources and information for those needing support, to working intensively with the most vulnerable families. They have produced a report highlighting their response to this pandemic, including information on their Listening Works service, which launched successfully in April, providing support for young people aged between 18-27 who have previously been in local authority care.

Good Childhood report by The Children's Society
The Children's Society have produced the 9th annual edition of the Good Childhood Report, looking at well-being of children in the UK. As well as presenting predominant trends in well-being, the report seeks to understand the experiences of children who have low well-being - what enhances and hinders children’s happiness, including a true reflection on children’s own views. This is through The Children's Society working with children to identify and focus on topics that they tell them are important, in addition to being guided by the available evidence.

Some of the conclusions include:
  • There has been a continued decrease in average happiness with life among 10-15 year olds in the UK
  • There are an estimated 132,000 children aged 10-15 in this country have no close friends
  • 15-year olds in the UK were among the saddest and least satisfied with their lives in Europe
  • The Coronavirus pandemic affected children’s happiness due to the lack of choice they had in life
Royal College of Psychiatrists call for the suspension of fines for children who can't attend school
Over 250 child and adolescent psychiatrists have signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, calling for the suspension of fines for children who don’t attend school. The letter comes in response to the news that fines could be imposed on families who don't send their children back to school in September. Child psychiatrists are worried about the impact on children’s mental health, if parents are forced to send them back when they are suffering from anxiety and are asking for a focus on mental health support in schools instead.
Events, training and consultancy services

Alternative Income Generation online conference
Date: 16th - 17th September 2020
Online

Our CEO, Kathy, will be will be among the speakers at Charity Finance Group’s Group’s Alternative Income Generation online conference on 16-17 September. Covering vital issues of how to diversify your income streams, charities can discover which avenues of income work for you, and learn how other organisations are growing their portfolios. Check out the full programme and book at the link above #charityfinance

London Challenge Poverty Week, 12 - 18 October 
Many organisations will be joining forces for this week, to highlight the reality of poverty in the capital as well as some of the innovative responses we've seen in the last few months to tackle it. 

Have you got plans to take part to promote the work you do? Let 4in10 know. If you have any questions, or if you'd like some ideas of how to mark the week - email laura.payne@childrenengland.org.uk

The initiative highlighting best practice, local advice and support for low income londoners, is being coordinated by 4 in 10: London’s Child Poverty Network with support from many other organisations in the sector. Find more information at www.londonchallengepovertyweek.org.uk.

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. 

Sector Vacancies


Two vacancies at Become

Communications Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a creative, tenacious and inspiring Communications Manager to join Become.

This is an exciting time to be joining Become as we embark on delivering an ambitious 5 year strategy. Central to our strategy is our ambition to transform the organisation’s communications function to raise the charity’s profile, increase engagement with key audiences and put issues affecting care experienced young people firmly on the agenda.

Salary: £39,000
Hours: 35 hours p/w (flexible and part time working arrangements considered)
Application closing date: 12 noon, Tuesday 15 September 2020
 

Digital Communications Officer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a driven, creative and resourceful Digital Officer to join Become.

This is an exciting time to be joining Become as we embark on delivering our new 5 year strategy. Central to our strategy is our ambition to transform the way the organisation operates digitally – from our communications and campaigns to our fundraising and services.

Salary: £31,000
Hours: 35 hours p/w (flexible and part time working arrangements considered)
Application closing date: 12 noon, Tuesday 15 September 2020

Resources for children, families and practitioners during Coronavirus


Advice from children and young people themselves
We're delighted to be able to share with you four E-zines produced by children and young people involved with Brighton's Safety Net. They include activities, advice and information - straight from young people themselves. They're pretty useful if you're an adult too!


Direct support for children and young people

Educational resources

Safeguarding resources

General resources for practice with children and young people

Support with service delivery and management

Finance and commissioning information

Support for staff

  • Our FrontLine - Online mental health portal for frontline staff developed by Samaritans, Mind and other charities

Funding opportunities

Consultations

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

*Brexit and Civil Society Alliance: UK Shared Prosperity Fund*

Closing 3rd September 2020
Children's Rights Alliance for England: Civil Society Submission to the UN’s List of Issues 

Closing 30th September 2020
Education Select Committee: The impact of COVID-19 on education and children’s services   

Closing 16th October 2020
Department for Education: Changes to the School Admissions Code
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