Weekly News Bulletin 

Wednesday 24th August 2022

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Children England News

Unaccompanied children must be protected by the care system, not placed in hotels
"Our concern for these children cannot be overstated. Already vulnerable, separated and traumatised, isolated from family support networks, they are at greatest risk of going missing and of exploitation and trafficking. Some may have already been trafficked and are at significant risk of being re-trafficked. They need - and are entitled to - care in supportive foster or residential homes, with skilled professionals to help them recover in safety."
Our joint statement urging the Home Office to stop placing unaccompanied children in hotel accommodation, and calling on government to invest in the care system where these children should be cared for and protected, remains open to new organisational signatories.


Government and Parliamentary News 

Evaluation of five 'integration areas'
The government has published evaluation of a programme to deliver place-based interventions in five areas that aimed to help communities integrate better. Starting in 2019, there were three types of intervention: schools linking; community conversations; and community ambassadors. In evaluation of the schools linking activity, which enabled social mixing between pupils from different schools and aimed to improve pupils' understanding of different cultures, religions and economic backgrounds, the following measures showed significantly higher ratings by the end of the Linking programme compared to the baseline: 
  • The extent to which teachers felt their pupils were interested in other cultures (increasing from 64% at baseline to 75% by programme end)
  • How confident teachers felt their pupils were in mixing with people from different backgrounds, particularly pupils from a different religion (which increased from 52% to 72%) and locality (which increased from 50% to 69%)
  • The extent to which teachers felt their pupils are aware of similarities between themselves and others from different backgrounds to them, increasing from 23% to 72%
Changes to social work regulation
Following public consultation on its proposed changes to regulation of social work, the Department for Education has said that it "will take forward all the proposed changes without substantive amendments to the draft legislation." Social Work England summarised the proposed changes on its website. DfE says it will make smaller changes in light of the consultation, including:
  • improving the drafting of changes to Regulation 34 to ensure it delivers the intended benefit of aligning oversight of Social Work England with that which exists for other health and social care regulators
  • it has noted equality, diversity and inclusion specific comments, and while it has not made changes to the draft legislation as the feedback related to the wider work of the regulator, the government expects Social Work England to meet the PSA’s standards of Good Regulation.

Sector News and Publications

Impact of rising costs on early years providers
The National Day Nurseries Association has warned that nurseries are facing a crisis as the cost of their energy bills rises by thousands of pounds compared with last year, and government funding for free places doesn't match the cost of provision. NDNA says nurseries are having to look at other ways to cover their costs, including raising fees or meal charges paid by families, in order to avoid closure. 

Consultation for young care experienced people on Care Review recommendations
Coram Voice have launched a consultation alongside National Youth Advocacy Service to hear from care experienced children and young people aged 12 - 25 on some of the recommendations from the Independent Review of Social Care, around advocacy, Independent Visitors and care experience as a protected characteristic. The consultation comprises:
  • a survey for individual young people to complete
  • a downloadable pack for participation groups that work with children in care and care leavers to choose the topics to discuss and provide feedback
  • online workshops for any young people or participation groups to attend, on September 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th (5.30 - 7pm)
Liverpool establishes a Youth Combined Authority
CYP Now reports that Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has established a parallel Youth Combined Authority, comprising young representatives from each of the region's areas, to share young people's views on policy areas such as transport, economic development, housing, jobs and skills, the environment, digital connectivity and culture. Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham said it's more important than ever for young people to engage with politics and stand up for the issues feel passionate about.

ECPAT UK Youth Programme Volunteer
ECPAT UK is recruiting committed, supportive and friendly volunteers to help with our trauma informed child-centred Youth Programme. The programme offers support for children and young people who have experienced trafficking and exploitation. The successful applicants will support our work online and in person work with young people. Read the full role description here.

Charity sector pay
Pro Bono Economics has published a new report comparing wages in the charity sector with the rest of the economy, finding that hourly pay in the charity sector is 7% below non-charity wages. It also finds:
  • People with higher levels of qualifications experience a bigger difference in their pay than those with lower levels of qualifications, earning an average £40,000 less over their working lifetimes than their similarly qualified peers in the rest of the economy
  • Men working in the charity sector record a larger pay gap relative to non-charity counterparts than is the case for women, coming in at 12.3% and 4.7% respectively. Nevertheless, the charity sector continues to endure a gender pay gap of 4.1%
  • Bank of England survey data suggests businesses grew their average wage costs by 5.6% in the year to May 2022, compared with 3.8% among charities

Sector Vacancies

At Become

This role is #OpenToAll
Policy and Public Affairs Officer
Contract: Permanent, 35 hours p/w (part-time and flexible working arrangements considered)
Salary: £28,840
Location: Hybrid, including London and hot-desking options
Deadline: 9am on Tuesday 30th August 2022
Become, the charity for children in care and young care leavers, are recruiting for a Policy and Public Affairs Officer. This is a new and really important role for the charity, as they are looking to grow their policy and evidence base, and increase the reach and impact of their influencing work to create positive change for care-experienced young people. If you are passionate about improving the lives of care-experienced young people, and have a good understanding of policy development and how to influence national and local decision-making, this might be your dream job! Please see the advert and job description here for more details.

At Child Poverty Action Group

Senior Policy and Research Officer
Contract: Full time, 12-month contract (will consider part-time)
Salary: £41,966 - £46,384 pro rata
Location: London office
Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 4th September
You will work with colleagues across the organisation to strengthen CPAG’s evidence base so that it is better able to influence decision makers and secure lasting improvements for children in low income families. You will be working in a fast moving, high profile and complex policy environment and will need to balance short-term priorities with long-term objectives.

As well as developing policy positions and supporting CPAG’s influencing activities, you will have particular responsibility for setting up processes for collecting evidence, case studies and claimant advocates.

Events, training and consultancy services

At Children England

The Bairns Hoose
Date: Wednesday 7th September, 3 - 4pm
Free, online

Learn about the UK's first full 'Barnahus' for child-centred justice and healing, currently being developed in Scotland. Scotland's Bairns Hoose will be a child-friendly, safe and welcoming place for children to go to once a crime has been reported. Designed to feel like a family home, it will be warm, welcoming and familiar. It will provide a single-location alternative to courts, social work offices and police stations, allowing each young person to feel safe and supported, and able to recover and thrive.

At our free online forum you'll be able to:

  • Hear where the Barnahus model comes from and how it will work in Scotland
  • Learn what research and evaluation tells us about the impact of the model
  • Hear from project funders the People's Postcode Lottery
  • Ask questions of the project partners 
  • Discuss what England can learn from the project and how we can engage with its development

At Healthcare Conferences UK

CAMHS National Summit 2022 
Date: Thursday 22nd September

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

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. 


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

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 Closing 16th September 2022
Department for Education: Early years funding formulae

Closing 21st September 2022
Department for Education: Implementing a new FE funding and accountability system

Closing 30th September 2022
Department for Education Understanding the use of unregistered alternative provision

Closing 9th October 2022
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Dormant Assets funding

Closing 8th November 2022
Department of Health and Social Care: Down's Syndrome Act guidance: Call for evidence
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