Weekly News Bulletin 

Wednesday 1st June 2022

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Become 4in10's next Community Outreach Officer
Do you have great people skills, enjoy getting to know different grassroots organisations and love making connections? Do you have a passion for London's voluntary sector, and want to strengthen its work fighting poverty amongst London's families? Would you like to work alongside the Children England team? Then you should definitely check out our vacancy for a Community Outreach Officer in the 4in10 London Child Poverty Network, which is open for applications until next Monday 6th June.

This is one of three vacancies in the 4in10 team, all closing next week. 4in10 is a small but brilliant team who support and champion the work of hundreds of community and voluntary organisations around the capital, delivering initiatives such as London Challenge Poverty Week, regular research and events, a directory of help available to London's families and charities and thought-provoking blogs like this one on Levelling Up.

See our Vacancies page for more information.


Parliamentary News and Publications

Report on the deaths of Arthur and Star
The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published its report into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson. It comments that "Despite the intentions of recent reforms... multi-agency safeguarding arrangements are not yet fit for purpose everywhere. This results too often in blurred strategic and operational responsibilities, creating fault lines in practice arrangements. This has major consequences for the ability of practitioners across different agencies to work together skilfully and purposively to protect children."  As well as recommendations for changes in local practice in Solihull and Bradford, the review makes detailed recommendations for a new national approach to child protection, including:
  • Multi-Agency Child Protection Units – integrated and colocated multi-agency teams staffed by experienced child protection professionals – should be established in every local authority area
  • Establishment of National Multi-Agency Practice Standards for Child Protection
  • Strengthening the local Safeguarding Partners to ensure proper co-ordination and involvement of all agencies
  • A sharper performance focus and better co-ordination of child protection policy in central Government
New government help with the cost of living crisis
The Chancellor has announced £15 billion in new measures to help households struggling with the rise in costs such as fuel bills, of which £5 billion will come from an Energy Profits Levy on oil and gas firms. The support comprises:
  • a one-off £650 payment to more than 8 million low-income households on Universal Credit, Tax Credits, Pension Credit and legacy benefits, with separate one-off payments of £300 to pensioner households and £150 to individuals receiving disability benefits
  • the doubling of the October discount on energy bills to £400 and the requirement to repay it over five years is scrapped
  • a £500 million increase for the Household Support Fund (bringing the total to £1.5 billion), delivered by Local Authorities, extending it from October until March 2023
Civil Society covered mixed reactions from the charity sector.

Education recovery funding doubles for secondary schools
Funding for the government’s flagship education recovery programme is to double for secondary schools next year, supporting pupils to catch up on lost learning. The funding will enable schools to provide further support for pupils above and beyond that already provided by the vital National Tutoring Programme. The £1 billion Recovery Premium means secondary schools will receive £276 per eligible pupil, with primary schools receiving £145 per eligible pupil. Pupils in special units in these schools will attract double the funding rate. Special schools and alternative provision will receive £290 per primary pupil and £552 per secondary pupil.

Children's school outcomes by ethnicity
The Department for Education has published data on children's outcomes in school from 2019, before the pandemic, broken down by ethnicity. Noting that two in three pupils in England describe their ethnicity as White British, and that some ethnic groups are disproportionately eligible for free school meals (FSM), indicating a higher level of deprivation in these groups, the data shows:

  • The proportion of White British pupils meeting the expected standard falls at each stage in their education. Other groups also see fluctuations across stages, but the effect is most pronounced in the White British Group
  • Black Caribbean, Mixed White and Black Caribbean and Other Black pupils are all less likely to meet the expected standard at all stages than White British pupils, and the size of this gap doubles between 4- to 5-year-olds and GCSE pupils
  • Gypsy/Roma, and Irish Traveller pupils have the consistently lowest levels of attainment of any ethnic group, and the most negative progress 8 scores
  • FSM eligible pupils perform worse on average than their non-FSM eligible peers in all ethnic groups. Among the six aggregated ethnic groups only Chinese FSM eligible pupils outperform any non-FSM eligible cohort, showing that FSM eligibility is more indicative of academic success than ethnicity.
Opportunity areas - insight guides
The Department for Education has published two new guides in its set of insights from the government's 12 'opportunity areas' - projects working to improve outcomes for children and young people in areas with low social mobility. 

The place-based working guide provides the views of some opportunity area partnership board chairs. It includes:

  • characteristics of the opportunity areas place-based approach
  • perceived benefits of the opportunity areas place-based working
  • case study examples that exemplify key points

The school improvement guide provides insights from 5 projects across the opportunity areas. These include:

  • professional development to improve reading, writing, phonics and maths
  • evidence-based interventions in English, maths and science to support with transitions between key stages
  • mastery approaches in maths to improve teaching and learning
  • implementation of a school-to-school support programme

Learn more about the Honours system 
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Cabinet Office are launching an inaugural virtual Honours Festival from 14th to 17th June, to coincide with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. There are a variety of panels taking place virtually throughout the week, including: An Introduction to the Honours System and how to Master a Nomination; Community and Voluntary Service Panel; and a Special Guest Panel. All events are free and available for anyone to sign up to who has an interest in honours and making a nomination for someone deserving.

Other events planned throughout the week include a practical nomination writing workshop, discussions on diversity and history of the honours system as well as a variety of sector specific panel events aimed at people involved with those sectors.

Sector News and Publications

ECPAT UK responds to the final report of the Care Review
"The challenges children face within the immigration and asylum system as looked after children and care leavers is mentioned by the review in terms of ‘acknowledging the wider context’. This lack of regard is disappointing, given unaccompanied children arriving in the UK are still being left outside of the child protection system, placed in hotels by the Home Office pending transfer into Local Authorities through the National Transfer Scheme. The exclusion of an entire group of children from the basic protections afforded to all children in England by The Children Act 1989 is a striking omission from the review. It is vital that the report’s emphasis on ‘Family Help’ does not result in their further marginalisation." Read ECPAT UK's full response to the Care Review on their website.

And don't forget you have until June 17th to nominate someone for ECPAT UK's Children's Champion for 2022!

The Children’s Champion is selected based on their unique attributes, achievements and contributions to child victims of trafficking. In particular, ECPAT UK is looking for those who demonstrate the following competencies that are central to ECPAT UK’s values:

  • Child centredness – by this we mean behaviours and environments which respect children and young people as active agents in their own lives with rights to be and feel protected, to be provided for and to actively participate in all matters affecting them
  • Kindness – by this we mean actions, behaviour and communication that is devoid of judgement and actively shows an understanding of the impact of trauma, abuse and other life experiences
  • Advocacy – by this we mean standing up with and for children and young people in the face of adverse and hostile systems and decision makers to ensure that they are heard, respected and supported
The impact of Covid on youth custody
As part of a joint research project by Manchester Metropolitan University and the Alliance for Youth Justice, the university has published a new paper looking at the impact of the pandemic on Youth Offending Teams practice in England and Wales, as well as 40 children working with Greater Manchester Youth Offending Teams. Amongst many findings about the impact of Covid and associated restrictions, it reports:
  • Children were held in solitary confinement in the early stages of the pandemic. This contravened the recommendation to the UK government from the Joint Committee on Human Rights
  • The combination of solitary confinement and its impact on children’s pre-existing mental health diagnoses was a considerable cause of concern for YOT professionals
  • Incidences of restraint and force reduced significantly during the different stages of the pandemic
  • Contacts and visits from family, friends and external organisations/profession were significantly impacted during the pandemic. Children went up to 12 months without a visit
  • The suspension of visits from children’s YOT workers was a source of concern for YOT professionals. Children were excluded from contributing to pre-sentence reports and sentence reviews
The role of parents in early childhood
In the sixth report of its series on the changing face of early childhood, the Nuffield Foundation has examined the changing nature of parenting and the effectiveness of interventions to support parents. It considers the impact of context such as housing, poverty, parental relationships and mental health, as well as increased expectations of parents leading to an 'intensification' of parenting. It concludes: "Evidence shows that parenting programmes can improve parenting, which in turn can enhance young children’s well-being and life-chances and has the potential to reduce socioeconomic inequalities. However, these programmes form only one component of the support parents need, which includes more fundamental support to improve access to mental health services, boost family incomes and improve the physical environment of the homes in which young children are raised."

Toolkit for making children's online safety a reality
5Rights has launched its roadmap for keeping children safe online, the Making Child Online Safety a Reality Toolkit. This is a hands-on, comprehensive how-to guide for making the online world free from harm for children. It builds on existing international agreements, and brings together best practices:

  • 5 things every policymaker needs to know to enshrine child online safety into law and practice.
  • 10 Policy Action Areas with detailed roadmaps and key practical steps needed to make child online safety a reality.
  • A model policy that policymakers can adopt and adapt to create bespoke country policies.
  • Downloadable worksheets to create a bespoke policy fit for practice.

Social mobility past, present and future
The Sutton Trust has published a report to mark its 25th anniversary that looks at trends in social mobility since 2005, as well as how measurement of it has changed. Concluding that "the education system has overall failed to act as the great social leveller" it finds:

  • In terms of absolute social mobility, the evidence suggests that a former golden age of upward mobility has been replaced by a modern era of declining opportunities and more limited upward mobility.
  • A widening family divide has emerged for children growing up in the early 21st century. Children with non-graduate parents are significantly less likely to grow up in two parent homes and family-owned homes than children with graduate parents. Children of the richest households meanwhile are twice as likely to have benefitted from private tutoring than children from the poorest households.
  • These stark divides in home environments and parental investments do not bode well for future social mobility levels, particularly as the country braces itself for the cost of living crisis and potential economic recession in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Estimated learning losses during the pandemic in the UK appear to be high when compared with other nations.

Jubilee Award for national charities working with young people - applications open!
Are you a national charity working to change the lives of young people aged 16-25? Do volunteers play a role in making this happen? If so, then you could be eligible for a special Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award. This is a one-off award to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee and the 20th anniversary of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The aim is to recognise fantastic work by national charities to empower young people and provide them with skills and opportunities. You can find out more information and download an application form here. The deadline for applications is 17th June 2022.

Sector Vacancies

Job opportunities at 4in10 London’s Child Poverty Network

Child poverty rates in London are among the highest in the country and many families are now facing severe hardship in the face of the cost-of-living crisis. Against this backdrop, 4in10 London’s Child Poverty Network brings together over 450 organisations working to tackle child poverty across the city and campaigns to keep the spotlight on the damage that it is doing to families and the action needed to end it.

We have three exciting roles available for excellent people to come and join us in this urgent work. If you share our vision for a child poverty free London and want to help us to bring it about, one of them might be right for you.

The three roles are:

Community Outreach Officer
(funded until April 2023)
This pivotal role will engage voluntary and community sector organisations working with families living on low incomes across London to connect them with the 4in10 network and its services, as well as feeding back their knowledge and expertise to the 4in10 team.

The Community Outreach Officer is the initial point of contact for network members and will work to establish and fulfil 4in10s plan for member recruitment and outreach to strengthen the collective voice of those working to tackle child poverty.

This is a 21-hour-a-week role.
The salary is £33,200, pro-rata, plus a 9% employer’s pension contribution.

Research and Learning Officer 
(funded until April 2023)
The holder of this role will use their excellent research and analysis skills to develop learning resources and events for 4in10s members and to support the network’s policy and campaigning work. They will work with member organisations and those with lived experience of poverty to produce hard-hitting and insightful content on a wide range of aspects of child poverty in London.  

This is a 35-hour-a-week role.
The salary is £33,200 plus a 9% employer’s pension contribution.

Communications and Campaigns Intern 
(fixed term for 9 months)
This is a new post, and the holder will bring ideas and creative communications skills to 4in10’s campaigning and influencing work. They will support the delivery of 4in10’s activities, including London Challenge Poverty Week 2022, by contributing creative ideas and helping to manage activities and events. They will also support 4in10’s members to take part in influencing activities, for example through; developing effective communications to inform them of opportunities, supporting online campaigning and undertaking simple research tasks.

This is a 21-hour-a-week role.
The salary is £20,111 (London Living Wage) pro rata plus a 9% employer’s pension contribution.

The closing date for all posts is: Monday 6th June 2022 at 12.00

Interviews will take place between 9th and 16th June 2022

It is envisaged that these posts will include a mix of home/office (central London) working. We are always happy to discuss flexible working to include compressed hours and/or job share. It may also be the possible to do these roles as secondments.

We are #OpenToAll: We believe the voluntary sector should be as open and accessible as possible to people with the passion and skill to contribute, so we do not specify a degree, or particular qualification as a requirement for these roles.

If you would like a confidential conversation about any of the roles or have any questions or need more information on how to apply email the Strategic Project Manager, Katherine Hill.   


Fundraising Officer
Contract: Permanent, full time
Salary: £22,000 - £24,000
Location: Newcastle
Deadline: Monday 13th June 

COCO is looking for a motivated and enthusiastic Fundraising Officer to support our programme of unique and exciting fundraising activities. Our ideal candidate would have at least 2 years' fundraising experience (preferably in a charity setting), with additional experience in communications (particularly digital and across all social media platforms), and databases such as data entry, segmentation and analysis. Experience of working with volunteers and using graphic design software (e.g., Canva, InDesign) would also be advantageous. If you love meeting new people, expressing your creativity, and are always keen to challenge yourself, then this is the perfect opportunity for you! A confident, enthusiastic and positive attitude, as well as excellent organisational and time management skills, and the ability to use your own initiative would also make you a wonderful fit for the team.

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

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. 

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.

Events, training and consultancy services

From 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. 

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 7th June 2022
Ministry of Justice: Legal aid review

*Closing 17th June 2022*
Independent Office for Police Conduct: Young people's views on policing

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
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