New CASCADE study proves the success of support for parents who have children taken into care

The primary aim of the Reflect project is to prevent women who have experienced the compulsory removal of a child from experiencing a repeat pregnancy in the short-term, whilst successive child removal remains the most likely outcome. Dr Louise Roberts has led the assessment of one of the first Reflect schemes, which has been run by... Continue Reading →

Pressures on children’s social care | National Audit Office

Extract Local authorities in England have statutory responsibility for protecting the welfare of children and delivering children’s social care. In extreme cases they may use their statutory powers to place children in need on protection plans or even take them into care. Local authorities are also responsible for delivering non-statutory services for all children and... Continue Reading →

Medway STC review criticises use of pain-inducing restraint on young people | Children & Young People Now

By Joe Lepper | Children & Young People Now | 22 January 2019 A serious case review (SCR) has criticised the use of pain-inducing physical restraint at Medway Secure Training Centre (STC), saying it increases the risk of young inmates being abused. John Drew, independent chair of the Medway Safeguarding Children Board, said he was... Continue Reading →

DfE threatened with judicial review over children’s social care ‘myth-busting’ document

A charity has threatened the Department for Education with legal action if it does not withdraw a ‘misleading’ document about how local authority duties towards vulnerable children can accommodate new working practices. Article 39, which was among the signatories of an open letter last September challenging the ‘myth-busting’ guide, wrote to the secretary of state... Continue Reading →

Research in Practice | New open access briefing on the relationship between contextual, complex and transitional safeguarding

A new briefing note produced by the Contextual Safeguarding Network at the University of Bedfordshire, with Research in Practice and Rochdale Borough Council, outlines what is meant by the terms ‘complex safeguarding’, ‘contextual safeguarding’ and ‘transitional safeguarding’ and how these approaches overlap and complement each other. Read full piece at source: Research in Practice | New open access briefing... Continue Reading →

Home education – important court ruling #safeguarding #humanrights

German parents whose four children were taken into care because they refused to send them to school did not have their human rights breached, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. Read full piece at source: Home education: Court rules against German Christian family

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