Weekly News Bulletin 

Wednesday 16th November 2022

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Children England News

What impact is the cost of living crisis having on your charity?
If you run a charity or community group and have not yet filled in the State of the Sector survey, please take a few minutes to do so - it will provide hugely valuable information to the infrastructure bodies advising government on what support the sector needs in the face of pressures from inflation and rising energy costs. The survey closes next Monday 21st November.

You may wish to have your latest financial accounts and energy bill statements handy. 

This independent survey has been created by experts at Pro Bono Economics and Nottingham Trent University's National VCSE Data and Insights Observatory, and is supported by Children England and the other infrastructure and advocacy charities of the Civil Society Group.


Government and Parliamentary News 

Early years recovery programme expanded to include childminders
The Department for Education early years COVID-19 recovery experts and mentors programme currently supports private, voluntary or independent (PVI) nursery settings, maintained nursery schools and school-based nurseries. DfE have now expanded this offer of support to childminders. From April 2023, the childminder mentor programme will offer bespoke support by trained early years professionals in the role of area lead and mentor, to childminders across the country. The Department is now looking for experienced early years professionals to become area leads and mentors.
  • Both area leads and mentors will be assigned to a small group of childminders to support and advise
  • Support will be predominately virtual, with an option to meet face-to-face, if this is feasible for all involved
  • Area leads will also support the mentors in their area
The deadline for expressions of interest is midday on 16th December 2022.

Investment in language teaching 
The Department for Education has announced £14.9 million in funding for a programme to increase the quality and take-up of language lessons including Spanish, German and French at GCSE and A level. The programme includes the establishment of a new Centre of Excellence comprising up to 25 schools and building on the Modern Foreign Languages Hubs programme, which was made up of nine lead schools. The Centre will be overseen by a centre of language teaching expertise – which could be a range of institutions including a trust, university or business (for which a contract launched on Monday). Within the programme £400,000 will be invested in promoting German and increasing the number of German teachers in schools.

Ofsted on the importance of early years education
Ofsted has published the first in a series of reports on early years provision for children born in lockdown. The review underpins the inspectorate’s new strategic focus on early education and giving children ‘the best start in life’ following the Covid-19 pandemic. The first report highlights what Ofsted regards as characteristics of good quality early years education, vital in helping children catch up after the pandemic, including:
  • The curriculum considers what all children should learn. It prioritises communication and offers plenty of opportunity for disadvantaged children, or those who speak English as an additional language, to learn and practise speaking and listening.
  • Practitioners choose what activities and experiences they are going to provide for children after deciding what it is that they want children to learn.
  • Practitioners consider children’s interests when choosing activities. They also expand children’s interests so they make progress in all areas of learning.
  • Children’s play is valued and used to teach many aspects of the curriculum. Learning through play is enhanced by skilful adult intervention.
  • Practitioners introduce children to new knowledge through explicit teaching and follow this up with practice through play.

Sector News and Publications

It's Anti-Bullying Week
The theme of this year's Anti-Bullying Week is #ReachOut. Bullying affects millions of lives and can leave us feeling hopeless. But it doesn’t have to be this way. If we challenge it, we can change it. And it starts by reaching out. Whether it’s in school, at home, in the community or online, Anti-Bullying Week encourages us all to reach out and show each other the support we need. As well as resources on the website, there are events and activities happening throughout the week including:
  • Wednesday afternoon - a Twitter Talk on whether schools are places pupils can reach out about bullying
  • Thursday 4pm - a United Against Bullying practice-sharing event
  • Friday - celebrating highlights from the week and sharing ideas for addressing bullying all year round

Tackling Islamophobic bullying
This year, to commemorate Anti-Bullying Week and with it coinciding with Islamophobia Awareness Month, Kidscape and the Muslim Mind Collaborative has created an invaluable resource for schools. Their Identifying Islamophobic Bullying Poster is aimed at young people in schools, and designed to help them identify and seek support for Islamophobic bullying. 

Anti-Muslim prejudice is on the rise, as are mental health conditions amongst young people. As Muslims possess the youngest age profile of all faith groups, and with 1 in 12 students in British schools being Muslim, this is an area of growing relevance and importance. Early qualitative data from BCBN and The Children's Society, Resilient Me programme also suggests young Muslims feel stigmatised in their school settings. The poster aims to:

  • Provide information, support and reassurance to anyone that may be suffering from Islamophobic bullying, and details of where to seek help
  • Establish a clear definition for Islamophobic bullying in educational settings
  • Help to create a culture in which this prejudice is unequivocally called out as unacceptable
  • Destigmatise Muslim children and young people’s identity and culture
  • Start dialogue and conversation regarding acceptable and unacceptable forms of speech and behaviour
  • Educate wider pupils, staff and families on the features and harms of Islamophobic bullying
  • Create more supportive environments for Muslim children
  • Meet schools’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual goals to educate and enrich children and young people

Creative Writing Project: Stories of Care
For care experienced young people aged 16 - 24:
Join Coram's creative writing project starting on Thursday 19th January! You will take part in six creative writing workshops while learning about the real stories of people growing up in care in historyYou will also have the opportunity to perform you pieces to a small audience which will be filmed to share online (this is optional). Workshops will take place at Coram near Russell Square and Kings Cross stations. Travel costs are covered and there will be pizza at each session.

The Future of Youth
Also for young people:
Coram's Future of Youth Programme is a unique opportunity for young people aged 18-25 interested in research, health and social care, education, social policy, the third sector, and all issues affecting children and young people to use their skills and interests to give back.

The overarching aim of the Future of Youth programme is to identify emerging cultural, behavioural, and consumer trends in youth culture – and consider what the prevailing trends will be in ten years’ time. They hope that this new insight, providing by research and learnings from staff, alongside the help of young people involved in the project and discussions led by them, will help them to prepare for the future and consider how Coram's services will need to evolve to support the future’s children and young people.

The deadline to apply to be a Future of Youth Forum member for 2021 – 2022 is 30th November.

Pressure on council budgets
Ahead of this week’s Autumn Statement, the County Councils Network has released new research showing that only one in five of England’s largest councils are confident they can meet their legal obligation of setting a balanced budget next year, with a new survey revealing the extent of planned service reductions due to soaring inflationary pressures. Findings include:

  • Only one in five councils are confident of preventing financial insolvency next year if there is no additional support in the upcoming Autumn Statement. 
  • This is because councils are grappling with £3.5bn of additional costs this year and next due to inflation and rising demand; more than double the expected rise. 
  • Services for the elderly, vulnerable people and children could be scaled back. In total, 72% of councils said it is ‘likely or very likely’ they would tighten eligibility for adult social care services, and 56% said they would likely have to reduce reablement and community-based adult social care services. In addition, 63% would scale back school transport services, with almost half – 44% – councils saying it is ‘likely or very likely’ they would have to cut support packages to young people with special educational needs, with 45% reducing the number of children’s centres and youth services.

A Good Thing: matchmaking businesses with charities
Following a successful pilot last year, A Good Thing is now thrilled to be rolling its charitable service out across the UK. It has built an online matchmaking platform that links charities up with local businesses who have things to donate. Think Freecycle, but for charities and businesses. So far laptops, monitors, stationery, furniture, surplus stock and spare promotional merchandise have all been donated through A Good Thing.

They are keen to get as many charities and businesses across the UK signed up as they can: are you a charity in need of items in order to deliver your services better and more efficiently? Are you a business that has leftover things you’d like to find a new home for? Are you trying to avoid things going into landfill? If so, A Good Thing is for you!

Sector Vacancies

At Young Women's Trust
This role is #OpenToAll 

Senior Participation Officer
Contract: 21 - 35 hours per week, 6 month contract. YWT are happy to consider secondments.
Salary: £38,477 FTE
Location: London – near Angel/hybrid
Deadline: Midday, Thursday 17th November
The purpose of this post is to play a key role in mobilising young women to address the financial penalty they face, through supporting them to co-design our work, campaign, conduct peer research, blog and speak to the media. This post holder will work in the participation team and ensure that young women shape YWT’s ongoing strategy and day-to-day operations including through membership of our Advisory Panel and Board and our closed Facebook Group for young women; the ‘YWT Lounge’.  

Charity Commission: 3 board members
Commitment: 24 days per year for 3 years
Remuneration: £350 per day
Location: London
Deadline: 18th November 2022

The Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint three Board members to the Charity Commission for England and Wales. These three vacancies are senior roles requiring people with the necessary non-executive skills and experience to assist the Chair in providing strategic leadership and oversight of the Charity Commission. 

The main tasks of the Board are to ensure that the Commission: 

  • effectively fulfils its statutory objectives, general functions and duties and appropriately exercises its legal powers 
  • is accountable to Parliament, the courts, and the general public regulates independently, proportionately and impartially and acts in good faith and in the public interest 
  • delivers its services within its funding agreement The Board achieves this by setting the Commission’s strategic direction, approving its budget and business plans, and setting the risk framework and policies within which the Chief Executive and her team operate and/or follow and for which they are held to account 

DCMS is committed to eliminating discrimination and advancing equality of opportunity in its public appointments. We particularly encourage applicants from underrepresented groups, those based outside London and the South-East and applicants who have achieved success through non-traditional routes.

At Become
This role is #OpenToAll

Evidence and Impact Officer
Contract: Full time, permanent
Salary: £28,840
Location: Hybrid working, open to flexible arrangements
Deadline: 9am on Monday 28 November 2022

If you are passionate about research, you love collaborating with others, and you want to make a positive difference to the lives of care-experienced young people, then this might just be your dream job! 

This is a new and really important role for Become – we want to grow our research and evidence base, and ensure that analysis of insights from across our work with care-experienced young people is at the heart of our policy-influencing approach.

If you think you can do the job well, and bring passion, creativity and enthusiasm to the role, then we want to hear from you!

Events, training and consultancy services

From Healthcare Conferences UK:

Preventing Suicide in Young People & Children
Date: Thursday 17th November
Location: online
Cost: £250 for charities
This Sixth National Conference which this year will be held virtually focuses on Saving Young Lives – Preventing Suicide in Children and Young People. By attending this one day conference you will hear from expert speakers on how your services can reduce preventable suicides and save young lives. Through national updates, case studies from multi-agency settings and lived experience insight, this conference aims to set the scene for progress already being made and what needs to change to improve resilience, wellbeing, mental health support and effectively prevent suicide in children and young people. The conference will use case studies to demonstrate interventions that work in health, schools, universities and multi-agency settings. The conference will examine implementation of the self harm and suicide prevention competence framework for children and young people and will also reflect on suicide prevention in young people during Covid-19.

Receive 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 25th November 2022
Fundraising Regulator: Code of Fundraising Practice review

Closing 15th December 2022
Joint Committee on Human Rights: Human rights of asylum seekers in the UK

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