Weekly News Bulletin 

Wednesday 20th July 2022

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Members! Please complete our Member Survey for 2022 
Our regular survey for member organisations is now open, gathering information on your charity's experience of the pandemic and your priorities for the coming year. If you lead or work in one of our member charities, please ensure that someone with a good overview of your work and governance completes it. It's vital in enabling us to understand the needs of our membership, the current pressures on children and families and how we can best support and advocate for you as your infrastructure body. Tell us about how your services have responded to Covid-19, what impact the cost of living crisis is having on the families you work with and your own finances, and how Children England can strengthen and support your organisation's development.

It shouldn't take more than 15 minutes. The deadline for responses is 9am, Monday 15th August

(This survey is only for organisations who are paying members of Children England, not all recipients of the newsletter.)


Government and Parliamentary News 

Statistics: looked after children in independent or semi-independent placements
The Department for Education has published statistics on the 5,980 children aged 16 - 17 placed in independent or semi-independent accommodation in 2020 - 21. 
  • There is a higher proportion of children aged 16 to 17 in these placements who were unaccompanied asylum seeking children (32% living independently and 34% in semi-independent accommodation) compared to the national average for 16 to 17 year old looked after children (18%)
  • The majority were male (67% in independent and 70% in semi-independent accommodation respectively) which is higher than for all looked after children aged 16 to 17 (61%)
  • They are more likely to be in private provision (77% and 84% for children aged 16 to 17 living independently or in semi-independent accommodation respectively, compared to 54% for all looked after children)
National pupil projections
The government has published figures for how many pupils it expects to be in schools in England based on projections from the Office of National Statistics and School Census data. In 2028, it expects:
  • 4,064,902 children in nurseries and primary schools (a drop of 532,000 from 2022)
  • 3,163,175 children in secondary schools (an increase of 37,000 from 2022)
Pupil moves during secondary school
The Department for Education has published analysis of school moves by six cohorts of secondary school pupils in state-funded schools who started Year 7 between 2010 - 11 and 2015 - 16 and were expected to reach Year 11 between 2014 - 15 and 2019 - 20. It shows:
  • The proportion of the cohort that moved and the number of moves has increased: 13% of the cohort of pupils that ended KS4 in 2014/15 experienced a move (89,300 moves), compared to 16% of the 2018/19 cohort (107,900 moves).
  • There is little difference in the proportion of moves by gender, though there is some variation in their destinations. A greater proportion of moves by boys are to Pupil Referral Units and Alternative Provision providers compared to girls.
  • There are small differences between major ethnic groups: pupils of Any Other Ethnic Group, Black and Mixed ethnicities are more likely to move. • Pupils are more likely to move if they are (at any time during secondary school): eligible for Free School Meals in the last 6 years or have Special Educational Needs; or are identified as Children in Need.
Dormant assets: consultation opened
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched its consultation on proposed social and environmental purposes for £738 million in dormant assets funds to be spent on good causes across England. Currently, dormant assets funding in England is required to be spent on three causes: youth, financial inclusion and social investment. As the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, as well as cost of living pressures, the Government believes that now is the right time to review whether these remain the right causes for where funding from dormant assets can be allocated. The consultation closes on Sunday 9th October.

Sector News and Publications

Southwark schools agree not to exclude students
The BBC reports that Southwark council in London expects to be the first local authority to have all schools commit to not excluding any pupils unless their behaviour puts other children's safety at risk. Teachers will use a trauma-informed response to understand children's behaviour. It follows reporting by the council in 2020 that:
  • Southwark had a higher rate of exclusions than the national average
  • Academies excluded more children than other schools
  • Black students were 1.5 times more likely to be excluded than white children

Crises and crossroads for the children’s secure estate
The Alliance for Youth Justice has published the third of three policy briefings for its ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Youth Justice’ research project. This briefing presents the significant challenges for the children’s secure estate that lie ahead in the wake of the pandemic. It examines existing failures pre-pandemic, the significant risk of harm to children in custody as a result of experiences during the pandemic, failures in strategy for the children’s secure estate, and the government projection that the number of children in custody will steeply rise in coming years. The briefing finds:

  • Experiences in custody during COVID-19 have been brutal. New practices have emerged and cultural norms have shifted creating both significant risks and opportunities
  • The pandemic response raises questions about leadership, oversight and structure of the estate
  • Alarm bells are ringing about how an estate already on its knees will cope should the number of children in custody increase

Call for Written Evidence: Civil Society Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 2022
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child are examining the UK in 2023 on its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The last review of the UK was in 2016. The examination presents a key opportunity for civil society to raise important issues of concern affecting children’s rights with the UK Government and the UN Committee and to highlight where action is needed, as well as outline where progress has been made.

Children’s Rights Alliance England (CRAE) will be leading this process on behalf of civil society in England and warmly invites you to send in written evidence to inform their submission to the UN Committee. 

Reducing educational inequalities
New research from the Education Policy Institute into the impact of educational inequalities across England and Wales, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, reveals that Welsh schools suffer a wider disadvantage gap than English schools, but that both nations have made only modest progress in closing this gap during the last decade. Figures on the impact of educational inequality for 2019 reveal Wales’ disadvantage gap to stand at 22 – 23 months, with England’s narrower at 18 months. Disappointingly, corresponding figures from 2011 show slow progress in narrowing these gaps, with figures only down from disadvantage gaps of 24 months in Wales and 20 months in England in 2011. 

Barriers to young people finding work
A new report released by the Learning and Work Institute and The Prince’s Trust finds an increase in mental health conditions and low self-confidence are key factors preventing rising numbers of young people out of work from entering employment. Key findings include:
  • The proportion of out of work young people reporting a mental health problem has increased from 11 per cent in 2011 to almost a third (30%) in 2022
  • This is significantly more than young people who are in education, employment or training (2% in 2011 and 10% in 2022)
  • The polling also suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated these issues, with almost half (46%) of young people stating they had additional mental and physical health issues or caring responsibilities due to the pandemic which meant they were out of work
  • When asked what would help with securing employment, the most common response was support to build confidence (38%) and with mental health problems or disabilities (24%)

ECPAT UK reacts to Mo Farah's experience of trafficking and exploitation
"Sir Mo Farah’s case highlights how children who are separated from their families and seeking safety can be vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and their long-lasting impacts. The burden of secrecy and shame that Sir Mo has had to endure, along with the trauma of the abuse, his bereavement and separation from his family, as well as being stripped of his identity, is immense. It also highlights how professional curiosity from people working with children (in this instance a teacher) can be critical in identifying child victims of trafficking, particularly those who are exploited for domestic servitude, which remains one of the most challenging forms of exploitation to identify." Read ECPAT UK's full statement here.

Survey for care-experienced young people to contribute to new Ofsted judgement
Ofsted are currently consulting on a proposal to introduce a separate judgement on the “progress and experience of care leavers” as part of its inspection framework for local authority children’s services. Become is keen that care-experienced young people have the opportunity to feed into this consultation to tell Ofsted to focus on the things that make the most difference to their lives. They have created a quick survey for care-experienced young people, which breaks the consultation down into a more accessible format, to make it easier for young people to respond. The deadline for survey responses is 5pm Wednesday 27th July.

Mapping generosity in England and Wales
Charities Aid Foundation has produced a map comparing areas by how much people give to charity relative median local salaries. The top five most generous areas in England and Wales are: 
  1. Hounslow
  2. Isle of Wight
  3. Brighton and Hove
  4. Ealing
  5. Conwy

Better services for young people in mental health crisis: Participate in research
Do you work in mental health? Are you involved in commissioning services for young people experiencing a mental health crisis? Or do you have a personal experience of a child/young person in a mental health crisis?

Care Research an independent research organisation is currently seeking views from health and social care professionals involved in commissioning or working in children and young people’s crisis provision in London and the South East. We are also looking for people with personal experience in this area. The research, commissioned by Look Ahead Care and Support and funded by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust, is looking to quantify the need for community provision for young people who are in mental health crisis, recommend new and innovative services that better support young people with acute mental ill health and influence policy and key decision making. To respond click the appropriate questionnaire below:

Sector Vacancies

Fundraising and Partnerships Lead
Contract: Permanent, full time
Location: Hybrid: ECPAT UK London office & remote working from home
Salary: £30,000
Deadline: 9am, Thursday 21st July

We're recruiting a Fundraising and Partnerships Lead to help us to raise funds and develop creative and innovative partnerships for our important and vital work. This is a critical role in the organisation, working across all of our programmes to support our overall vision and mission.

We are seeking an exceptional and enthusiastic communicator who can come up with exciting, creative, child centred, rights based and trauma informed ways of sharing our important work with funders and other partners and supporters. You will need to be able to produce and present convincing funding proposals, to scope out new opportunities and to make the case for ECPAT UK with a range of audiences.  The role requires both a strategic approach and operational delivery along with responsiveness flexibility to help steer us through these very uncertain social and economic times.

Treasurer, board of trustees
Deadline: 9am, 31st August
We're recruiting a Treasurer to join ECPAT UK's Board of Trustees. This is a voluntary role ensuring governance and oversight of the UK's leading NGO working against child trafficking.

Our Board of Trustees is critical to our work and success and in shaping our future direction. We have recently expanded our Board and appointed a new Chair and we are now looking for a Treasurer to join the team.

At Become 

Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager
This job is #OpenToAll
Contract: Permanent, 35 hours per week, with flexible and part-time working considered
Location: Home-based, with some in-person attendance in London
Salary: £38,000
Deadline: 9am, Monday 25th July
We are looking for an ambitious, self-motivated and proactive person with a can-do attitude that shines through in your approach to work and team. Your commitment to relationship fundraising and building journeys for high value supporters will help shape the future of Become.

Director of Services
Contract: Permanent, full time (part-time and flexible working considered)
Location: London / remote
Salary: £55 - £60,000
Deadline: 4th August
There are two principal elements to this role. We will look to you to lead, manage and develop the teams that are delivering our vital, effective services and training provision. We also know that there is huge potential to provide more, varied services to more young people and partners – opportunity areas could include therapy, wellness and health, as well as extended provision, coaching and mental health support to younger children – and you will help us realise this expansive, optimistic vision.
Events, training and consultancy services

From United Edge:

Transformative Safeguarding course
Dates: 29 August - 22 September 2022
Cost: $595 US Dollars (financial assistance available to small organisations)
This groundbreaking live online course will reframe the current safeguarding narrative using the Justice Based Approach -- a lens that will challenge and inspire you to look more deeply at the systemic causes of injustices, issues of accountability, and how power is disproportionately held. The course will equip you with the knowledge and practical tools to re-evaluate your own actions and transform your organization’s work and impact. You will develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of safeguarding and then move beyond this towards prevention, protection, genuine compassion, agency, and justice. 

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 25th July 2022
Department for Education: Access to schools for education and training providers

Closing 29th July 2022
Ofsted: New inspection judgement on experiences and progress of care leavers

Closing 29th July 2022
Department for Education: School registers and national thresholds for legal intervention

Closing 12th August
Department for Education: Reviews of Education, Health and Care plans - proposed timescales

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 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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