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Government and Parliamentary News
Family Hubs and Start for Life - programme guide
The Department for Education has published a guide for local authorities describing the vision, objectives and expectations for delivering Family Hubs and Start for Life programme, for which 75 local authority areas will receive a share of the £301.75 million funding package for the period 2022–2025. Local authorities are expected to set out a delivery plan showing how they will improve outcomes for babies, children and families and reduce inequalities in outcomes, experiences and access to services in their local area. The vision for Family Hubs is:
Children's Commissioner concerned about strip-searching of children by Met Police
- More accessible – through a universal single point of access, a clear local family hub offer, recognised and understood by families, which includes hub buildings, virtual offers and outreach.
- Better connected – family hubs harness the power of networks to drive progress on joining up professionals, services and providers (state, private, voluntary and community) through co-location, integration, partnerships, data sharing, shared outcomes and governance. Holistic, wraparound services support families with a wide range of needs, identify need early and consider the whole family. They reduce fragmentation, including between 0-5 services and those for families with older children and young people, and drive efficiency.
- More relationship-centred – practice in a family hub focuses on building trusting and supportive relationships, emphasising continuity of care in the Start for Life offer. It builds on families’ strengths, drawing on and improving relationships, including building networks with peers to address underlying issues.
Following the case of Child Q, who was strip-searched by Metropolitan Police without her parents' permission or an appropriate adult present, the Children's Commissioner requested data from the Met Police to establish the extent of this practice. She found:
Welcome guide for unaccompanied Ukrainian children
- Between 2018 and 2020, 650 children were strip searched, 25% of whom were between 10 and 15 years old
- Despite guidance, an Appropriate Adult was not present on 23% of all occasions when the Metropolitan Police strip searched children between 2018 and 2020
- More than half of all boys who were strip searched were Black in each of the years for which data was provided, and in 2018 it was 75%
- 53% of all strip searches of children resulted in no further action taken by the Metropolitan Police. This low level of successful searches arguably indicates that this intrusive practice may well not be justified or necessary in all cases
Government has published a guide for children arriving in the UK from Ukraine without their parents or family (but with their parents' permission to be hosted in the UK). It includes information on what to expect from their host, what sort of support will be available for their welfare, and agencies to contact if they are worried about their safety, including Barnardo's, the Children's Commissioner and healthcare workers.
Applications open to deliver the Youth Worker Bursary Fund
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published guidance for organisations who want to deliver the £500,000 Youth Worker Bursary Fund. The purpose of the Youth Worker Bursary Fund is to support a sufficiently qualified youth sector workforce, which will support young people to develop skills for life and work, and improve their mental and physical wellbeing. The guidance document introduces the Youth Worker Bursary Fund and provides details of how to apply. The deadline for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 11th September 2022.
Sector News and Publications
BASW responds to the Care Review
"The proposed ‘merging’ of targeted Early Help and Children in Need/Section 17 provision is, in some ways, simply recognising the situation on the ground. Early help has long been dealing with the type of complex needs that would have seen families receiving statutory services ten or twenty years ago. However, with the rebadging as ‘family help’ we are concerned to preserve the principle that this is an entitlement that families have under the law (under Section 17) and not an ‘if money permits’ contingent service that can be cut at a future date." Read their full response here.
20,000 reports of coerced ‘self-generated’ sexual abuse imagery seen in first half of 2022 show 7- to 10-year-olds
New data released by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows almost 20,000 webpages of child sexual abuse imagery in the first half of 2022 included ‘self-generated’ content of 7- to 10-year-old children. That is nearly 8,000 more instances than the same period last year. And when compared to the first half of 2020, when the UK entered its first Covid lockdown, there’s been a 360% increase in this type of imagery of 7- to 10-year-olds. IWF's CEO has called it a social and digital emergency requiring a sustained national prevention effort. Parents and carers are advised to T.A.L.K. to their children about the dangers.
Analysis of proposed changes to early years funding
Proposed changes to the funding rates for the 15 and 30 hours offers are likely to hit areas already struggling with a declining number of early years places, according to new analysis by the Alliance for Early Years. The Department for Education is currently consulting on changes to the formula it uses to calculate how much funding each local authority receives for its 15 and 30 hours offers. The formula aims to reflect the difference in costs depending on where the pre-school, nursery or childminding setting is based. The Alliance’s analysis of the proposed changes shows that local authorities that are already struggling with availability of early years places – largely in northern England – will be hit much harder by the changes than areas – largely in London and the south east – that have seen rising availability of places in recent years.
Reform to children's social care should be a priority for the next PM
NSPCC, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, National Children’s Bureau and Action for Children have written to Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak to call on them to commit to a radical reform of the children’s social care system in England. The joint letter urges them to prioritise implementing the recommendations from the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care should they make it to Number 10. In the letter the five chief executives emphasise how without leadership and action from the top of Government outcomes for vulnerable children and families will remain stubbornly poor across the country.
Community power - keeping it local
Locality has published a new report from Keep it Local – their campaign to help councils work with local community organisations to create better services. Split into two parts, the report first draws out some overarching lessons about Keep it Local for campaigners and practitioners working with, and within, councils. The second part uses six Keep it Local principles as a framework to provide tips, advice, and good practice case studies for making Keep it Local a reality. The principles are:
- Think about the whole system not individual service silos
- Co-ordinate services at a neighbourhood level
- Increase local spend to invest in the local economy
- Focus on early intervention now to save costs tomorrow
- Commit to your community and proactively support local organisations
- Commission services simply and collaboratively so they are “local by default”
At the Bell Foundation
The Bell Foundation is a Cambridge based educational charity working to overcome exclusion through language education and is delivering its vision through three strategic programmes which focus on pupils, young people and those involved with the criminal justice system for whom English is an Additional Language.
Contract: Full time, permanent
Salary: £26,609 to £31,304
Location: Hybrid (Cambridge)
Deadline: 5pm, 10th August 2022
The Foundation has an exciting key role which provides high level administrative and EA support to the Director and Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and working closely with the Senior Management Team (SMT) and Board of Trustees.
We are looking for someone who is highly organised and efficient, with first class secretarial and administrative skills, who enjoys working at a high level in a fast paced environment with all stakeholders.
Salary: £22,000 - £26,609
Deadline: 24th August 2022
We are looking for a proactive, solution-focussed, and self-motivated individual to embed, maintain and monitor systems and processes leading to effective course administration across the Foundation’s programmes. methodical approach to tasks with a high standard of accuracy and attention to detail is paramount, with strong logical and systematic thinking skills to develop and improve effective processes and systems. With excellent interpersonal skills, and a friendly manner, you will act as a point of contact for enquiries about the Foundation and its work.
This role is #OpenToAll
Policy and Public Affairs Officer
Contract: Permanent, 35 hours p/w (part-time and flexible working arrangements considered)
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
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.
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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:
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- 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
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