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Weekly News Bulletin 

Wednesday 14th September 2022

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Children England News


Queen Elizabeth II
This week is a quiet one for the newsletter, as many organisations in the voluntary sector pause campaigning and events to remember Queen Elizabeth II, who was patron to many charities. We know several of our members will be reflecting on the support they've received from the Queen over her long reign, and on support from other members of the royal family which may now be changing as Charles becomes King Charles III. Our thoughts go to everyone affected by the loss of the Queen. 

CYP Now has brought together reactions from children and young people's charities to the death of the Queen.

NCVO has published guidance on issues charities may want to consider in light of the Queen's death. 

Contents

Government and Parliamentary News 

No parliamentary business during national mourning period
The ordinary business of Parliament has been suspended during the ten-day mourning period for Queen Elizabeth II. The mourning period will finish at the end of Monday 19th September, the day of her funeral. Other public business affected by the mourning period includes: Meanwhile, The Guardian's Wednesday briefing looks at the police response to acts of protest at royal events during the last few days, the BBC looks at the right to protest at royal events and Conservative MP David Davis has written to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland to express his concern that the arrest and charge of a woman for expressing anti-monarchist sentiment was curtailing her freedom of speech.

Support with the cost of energy
From 1st October, a new ‘Energy Price Guarantee’ will mean a typical UK household will now pay up to an average £2,500 a year on their energy bill for the next two years. This is automatic and applies to all households. This is in addition to the £400 Energy Bills Support Scheme, paid in six instalments from October. The most vulnerable UK households will also continue to receive £1,200 of support provided in instalments over the year. For businesses including charities:
  • A new 6 month scheme for businesses and other non-domestic energy users (including charities and public sector organisations like schools) will be offered support as is being provided for consumers
  • After this initial 6 month scheme, the government will provide ongoing focused support for vulnerable industries
  • There will be a review in 3 months’ time to consider where this should be targeted to make sure those most in need get support

Sector News and Publications


Bill of Rights postponed - but not withdrawn entirely
The Bill of Rights Bill, introduced under Boris Johnson's government and due to return to parliament this week, has not been brought back by the new government under Liz Truss. However, it is believed that the Bill will return during this parliament, possibly amended to reflect the priorities of new ministers.  Increase in youth suicide
CYP Now reports on Young Minds analysis showing that the number of young people aged 15 - 19 who took their own lives rose from 147 in 2020 to 198 in 2021. Referrals to CAMHS have reached a record high, whilst CYP Now also reports that "In the first quarter of 2022, 241,791 young people were referred to the NHS – already half the total figure referred in the whole of last year – and are yet to be treated and remain on waiting lists."

Funding for race equality
One of the key objectives of the Funders for Race Equality Alliance is to increase sustainable and flexible funding for Black and Minoritised-led organisations. To achieve this, they designed a racial justice audit tool in 2019. Four years later, they’ve continued to build on the learning of previous cohorts to drive change to funder practice and transform the picture of UK racial justice grant-making. 15 members of the Funders for Race Equality Alliance have completed its racial justice audit for 2022, submitting data on 1,003 grants awarded between 1 July 2021 and 1 August 2022, with a total of £85.1m. The audit found:
  • Of the total amount audited, 46% went on projects to benefit communities with experience of racial injustice
  • Of those funds, 13% was awarded to organisations whose mission and purpose was to support a specific community (e.g. Asian/Asian British) and 87% to those supporting people from Black and Minoritised communities more generally 
  • It’s worth noting that, of the organisations with a stated mission and purpose to support Black and Minoritised communities, only just over a quarter were also led by Black and Minoritised individuals
  • The largest proportion of funding (63%) went on service provision, followed by core/unrestricted funding (11%), campaigning/influencing (9%) and research/policy (6%)

Crisis Funding List
The online Crisis Funding List has just been updated with all the latest new funders, as well as funding sources for individuals and links to other organisations providing sources of funding support and help for the crisis. It is seeing more funds opening, but also some already closing due to demand. It expects numbers to grow rapidly, so the major upgrade to the free Funding Finder database will launch this month, including a Crisis Funding category. Until then, the existing Core Funding and Food categories may be helpful.

What inflation means for charity finances
Pro Bono Economics has published analysis of how inflation will affect both the value of charities' income and the cost of charities' expenditure. 

  • Charities will have to increase staff costs. But were the sector’s expenditure on staffing costs to keep up with inflation, the sector would need to find an additional £3.8bn by 2023 and £6.1bn by 2024, based on current expectations.
  • The value of the average donation and direct debits will decline. The average donation has been stuck at £20 since 2017. Using the Bank of England’s most recent inflation forecasts, we project that a £20 direct debit set up in 2017 will be worth a mere £15.30 next year and £14.90 in 2024.
  • The value of multi-year contracts and grant funding will decline. A three-year £100,000 grant or contract awarded in 2022 will be worth £90,660 next year and £88,300 in 2024, based on current Bank of England forecasts. It is essential that inflation is taken into account when bids and applications are being made.
  • Inflation will eat into charities’ reserves. For example, prior to the pandemic, charities with income between £500,000 and £1m had on average 4.21 months of expenditure held in reserves as cash. By 2023, those reserves would cover just 3.48 months of activity if expenditure by those charities rises in line with inflation.
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 11 - 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)
Events, training and consultancy services

Child Welfare Inequalities Network - inaugural seminar
Date: September 22nd, 12 - 1pm
Online
Free
The Child Welfare Inequalities Network comprises researchers from a range of countries who are engaged in understanding how child welfare systems and practices operate to reproduce, mitigate, or transform intersecting inequalities in the lives of children and families. 

Members’ areas of research include: the relationship between deprivation and a child’s chances of being removed from their family of origin In the UK, the influence of socioeconomic vulnerabilities on child protection service outcomes in Canada, and an inequalities and policy discourse perspective on recent child protection trends in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This seminar is the first in a series being organised. Future activities will also include developing international research collaborations, supporting methodological innovations, and mentoring early career researchers.



At Missing People

Return Home Interview Training: Supporting children after a missing episode
Date: Tuesday 27th September, 9.30am - 1pm
Location: online
Cost: £69
Missing People is running its next virtual training webinar on Tuesday 27th September from 9:30am –1:00pm. The training aims to grow participants’ understanding of why young people / children run away and what help they might need on return as well as providing tools to help professionals engage young people, develop person-centred responses, and help young people develop a safety plan. The training is suitable for social workers, youth workers and third sector workers delivering return home interviews.

If you have any questions about the session, please contact Shamil at Missing People. 
 


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. 

Consultations

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

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 14th October 2022
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: A Decent Homes Standard in the private rented sector

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