Safeguarding

Review calls for creation of local child protection units

26/05/2022

A review into the deaths of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has recommended that specialist units with a child protection focus should be established.

Councils need support to protect refugees from exploitation, experts say

29/04/2022

The Government has been urged to take ‘urgent measures’ to support councils in their response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis in order to tackle exploitation.

Report warns of stark variation in the identification of child sexual abuse

20/04/2022

Some local areas are failing to identify and respond to child sexual abuse, a new report has warned today.

Third of trafficked children go missing from council care

19/04/2022

One in three trafficked children go missing from council care, say children’s charities who warn Nationality and Borders Bill will make the problem worse.

Government intervenes over council's 'inadequate' children's services

11/04/2022

The Government has issued a statutory direction to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council forcing it to improve its children’s social care services.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Why awareness days matter

25/03/2022

Georgina Middleton discusses the importance of awareness days and how they can be a key stepping stone towards real and lasting change.

'Alarmingly high' numbers of exploited looked-after-children going missing from care

21/03/2022

Nearly half of looked-after-children that have experienced criminal or sexual exploitation went missing from care in 2020, charities have warned.

Government launches Liberty Protection Safeguards consultation

18/03/2022

Government has launched a consultation on Liberty Protection Safeguards to ensure the freedom of people who may need decision-making assistance is protected.

Charity calls for ‘safeguarding measures’ to protect Ukrainian refugees

16/03/2022

Human trafficking experts have urged the Government to ensure that the Homes for Ukraine scheme includes ‘rigorous safeguarding measures’ to protect refugees.

Children still not safe from sexual abuse in schools, inquiry finds

01/03/2022

Children are not as safe as they should be from sexual abuse in residential schools, a damning new report has warned today.

Solihull ordered to improve children's services

01/03/2022

The Government has ordered Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to make urgent improvements to its children’s social care services following ‘serious’ concerns over how it protects vulnerable children.

Abused school pupils threaten council with legal action

25/01/2022

Former pupils of a council-run school are considering legal action against Lincolnshire County Council after two former staff members were convicted of abuse.

Shortcomings revealed in second child murder case

14/12/2021

A second court case in a month has revealed serious shortcomings in how local agencies responded to allegations of abuse shortly before a child’s murder.

National review launched in wake of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes murder

06/12/2021

A national review and local inspection will take place following the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes has been announced by the Government.

Keeping the safety net

09/09/2021

Local authority leadership is invaluable to Transitional Safeguarding and councils are ideally placed to enable complexity-attuned commissioning, says Dez Holmes.

Children abused for decades under care of Lambeth Council, inquiry finds

27/07/2021

Hundreds of children were subjected to decades of cruelty and sexual abuse while in the care of Lambeth Council, a damning inquiry has found.

Sexual harassment ‘normalised’ for children, Ofsted warns

10/06/2021

Sexual harassment, including online sexual abuse, has become ‘normalised’ for children and young people, Ofsted has found.

Newborn baby care orders on the rise, research finds

04/06/2021

The majority of mothers facing urgent care proceedings are given less than a week’s formal notice that their newborn baby might be removed, new research has warned today.

Crack down on abuse of modern slavery safeguards

22/03/2021

Local authorities will receive training to help frontline staff identify genuine victims of modern slavery.

Councils warn of 'harrowing' rise in serious child harm cases during pandemic

05/02/2021

The number of serious child-related incidents reported by councils has risen by more than a quarter during the pandemic, new figures show.

New strategy 'a golden opportunity' to tackle child sexual abuse

22/01/2021

A new strategy to protect children from all forms of child sexual abuse has been published by the Government today.

Council pays mother £8,000 after failing to protect her from violent son

19/01/2021

Three young children were left without any protection from their violent older brother after Somerset County Council failed to help their family, Ombudsman finds.

'Data desert' on vulnerable children and county lines, report warns

03/12/2020

Local authorities and police forces are failing to identify the number of vulnerable children being exploited by criminal gangs, a new report has warned.

Pandemic made vulnerable children 'invisible' report warns

01/12/2020

Vulnerable children became 'invisible' during the pandemic, Ofsted's chief inspector warned today.

Council apologises over failings at Morleigh Group care homes

03/11/2020

Cornwall Council has apologised after a report highlighted failures at the former Morleigh Group care home provider.

Half of professionals feel childhood obesity is a child protection issue

03/09/2020

Nearly half of health and social workers believe child obesity should be considered a child protection issue, according to a new study.

Framework for referring child victims of trafficking 'not working' warns commissioner

12/08/2020

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for identifying child victims of trafficking is 'not working', the anti-slavery commissioner has warned.

Shared Lives in health

22/07/2020

Personalised care must be high on the agenda as we look to create a stronger, kinder and more connected society, writes Alex Fox OBE.

Coronavirus is jeopardising child welfare

16/07/2020

Chris Lloyd-Smith examines how the coronavirus is endangering child welfare, posing a challenge to local authority childcare and protection services.

Paediatricians urge PM to make school reopenings ‘a priority’

18/06/2020

Over 1,500 paediatricians have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister urging him to make the reopening of schools a priority.

Social workers to be placed in schools to spot children at risk

22/05/2020

The Government has committed £6.5m to place social workers in schools to help spot the signs of child abuse and neglect.

Ensuring continuity of care in a time of crisis

22/05/2020

Julie Tyas discusses how tech is becoming the eyes and ears of social workers during the pandemic.

Survey highlights child abuse could go unreported during lockdown

18/05/2020

Child abuse could go unreported during lockdown as a quarter of adults do not know where to go for help, a survey has found.

Charities call for 'vital' early intervention funding to safeguard children

18/05/2020

Funding cuts to children's services have left councils unable to cope with the current crisis, charities have warned today.

Warnings that vulnerable children 'hidden from sight' during lockdown

27/04/2020

New local area profiles will help councils identify how many vulnerable children are in their area.

Extra funding to protect vulnerable children during Covid-19

27/04/2020

Projects that protect vulnerable children will share more than £12m to help keep them safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

NHS Digital extends sharing of child protection information

14/04/2020

Health visitors and school nurses will have access to data about vulnerable children three years ahead of schedule in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

‘We’re not in it for the money’

14/04/2020

Emma Lewis, a member of the Victims and Survivors Panel at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, explores what redress really means for survivors.

Report highlights complex nature of safeguarding in residential schools

03/04/2020

New research has revealed the unique challenges staff in residential schools face to protect children from sexual abuse.

CQC issues COVID-19 guidance on DBS checks

03/04/2020

The Care Quality Commission(CQC)  has issued interim guidance on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other recruitment checks in response to coronavirus.

Domestic abuse puts children at more risk of exploitation, review warns

01/04/2020

There is an overlap between children’s experience of domestic abuse and their offending behaviour, a review has concluded today.

Calls to mobilise an 'army of volunteers' to protect children during lockdown

01/04/2020

The Children’s Commissioner for England has warned an ‘army’ of volunteers are needed to protect vulnerable children while schools are closed.

Court finds woman has capacity to decide about contact with husband

26/03/2020

The High Court today ruled that a woman with a relatively rare form of dementia has the capacity to make decisions for herself when it comes to her husband.

Social workers ‘urgently’ need hand sanitizer, survey reveals

25/03/2020

Social workers have called on the Government to provide them with safety equipment in order to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

New programme launched to support fight against ‘witchcraft allegations’

20/03/2020

The centre dedicated to fighting female genital mutilation (FGM) has launched a first-of-its-kind e-learning programme to address the startling rise of witchcraft allegations against children.

Council chiefs welcome appointment of Ofcom as ‘online harms regulator’

13/02/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the announcement that the telecoms and broadcasting regulator will be responsible for regulating online platforms.

Norfolk conducts major review to improve safeguarding practices

22/01/2020

A new task force will be set up in Norfolk to improve safeguarding across the county.

Family hardship drives 53% increase in children referred for ‘urgent support’

05/11/2019

A rise in family ‘conflict and hardship’ against a background of cuts to council budgets is behind the heightened pressure on child protection services, local authority leaders have revealed.

Social alarms: time’s running out for local authorities to go digital

01/11/2019

Wendy Darling warns around 900,000 telecare users in the UK could be affected as telephone providers will stop installing landlines after 2020.

Council makes improvements following death of rough sleeper

24/10/2019

Worcester City Council has implemented all ten recommendations made in an independent review into the death of a rough sleeper in the city.

Brexit threatens fight against modern slavery

18/10/2019

The commissioner appointed to tackle modern slavery has called for a stronger focus on prevention and warned that Brexit could undermine efforts to stop slavery.

Council adopts fingerprint-based drug testing

15/10/2019

Peterborough City Council has brought in fingerprint-based drug testing as part of its family safeguarding social care initiative.

Safeguarding shake-up

24/09/2019

With local safeguarding children boards being abolished, Neil Merrick finds out what new arrangements councils are setting up in their local areas.

Tackling youth gambling

11/09/2019

Ian Butler explains why local government needs a range of interventions and resources to combat gambling for young people.

Care home closed amid allegations of ‘child cruelty’

02/08/2019

A care home in the north Bristol area for children with special needs has been closed down amid allegations of child cruelty.

Agencies ‘let down’ Down’s Syndrome woman with scabies

26/07/2019

A safeguarding report has concluded that local agencies in Hackney ‘could have worked better together’ after the death of a woman with Down's Syndrome.

Primary school children targeted for ‘county lines’ drug trafficking

05/07/2019

The response from statutory agencies to ‘county lines’ drug dealing is ‘too often haphazard’, a charity warns as new report reveals children as young as seven are being exploited by criminal gangs.

Javid commits to resettling 5,000 refugees next year

18/06/2019

Sajid Javid has announced that the UK will resettle 5,000 more refugees under a new, expanded resettlement scheme that will come into force next year.

Call for leader to quit after 'repeated failures'

05/06/2019

Shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne has called for Northamptonshire CC leader, Matt Golby, to quit after ‘repeated failures’ in the council’s children’s services.

Nearly 600 people arrested to tackle county lines drug gangs

21/05/2019

Nearly 600 people have been arrested in a single week for their suspected involvement in drug dealing across county lines.

London Councils welcome drug dealers being jailed in ‘landmark’ slavery case

15/05/2019

Three ‘county lines’ drug dealers have been sent to prison in a landmark case using the Modern Slavery Act.

Housing policy putting young women at risk, study warns

14/05/2019

Young women are being forced into unsafe housing due to the government’s housing benefit policy, a new study has concluded.

Government launches £2m programme to tackle child exploitation

09/05/2019

The Department for Education has launched a new programme designed to provide specialist support for children at risk of criminal or sexual exploitation.

Forty people investigated over child abuse in Rotherham

09/05/2019

Forty people have been arrested or interviewed over child sexual abuse in Rotherham in the past two months.

Councils receive extra £30m to care for asylum seeking children

09/05/2019

The amount of funding councils receive to look after unaccompanied asylum seeking children is set to rise by £30m.

Thousands of children being taught in illegal schools

12/04/2019

Up to 6,000 children are being educated in illegal schools across England putting their safety and education at risk, a watchdog has warned.

Protections for people who lack mental capacity must be 'robust', MPs say

02/04/2019

A new definition of what constitutes 'liberty' will be included in the Mental Capacity Act to help protect vulnerable people, the Government has announced.

Council criticised for not carrying out ‘proper assessments’ in deprivation of liberty cases

01/04/2019

Council argues legislation dealing with when it is legitimate to deprive someone of liberty is not 'fit for purpose’ after being criticised by ombudsman.

Children ‘not being protected’ by Stoke-on-Trent Council

19/03/2019

Children’s social care services are ‘inadequate’ at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, according to the findings of a new Ofsted inspection.

Children left vulnerable to abuse due to focus on Brexit, report warns

12/03/2019

Councils are failing to protect children from abuse in England due to ‘systematic’ safeguarding failures, a new report has warned.

Councils ‘failing’ children exploited by gangs, report reveals

28/02/2019

The same mistakes that led to child sexual exploitation failings are being repeated with gangs, the children’s commissioner has warned.

Nine men convicted of child sexual exploitation

27/02/2019

Bradford council has insisted that safeguarding young people is its ‘top priority’ after nine men were convicted of child sexual exploitation.

Whitehall’s ‘hostile environment’ puts children in danger, charity says

19/02/2019

The Government’s commitment to creating a ‘hostile environment’ for migrants outweighs their commitment to children’s rights, a charity has warned.

Council denies ‘litany of failures’ in Shamima Begum case

19/02/2019

The lawyer representing the family of Shamima Begum has accused the borough of Tower Hamlets of a ‘litany of failures’ leading up to the teenager's decision to join ISIS.

Government failing to treat children as victims of domestic abuse, warns charity

11/01/2019

Nearly a quarter of a million children should be classed as victims of domestic abuse, the NSPCC has said today.

One in four trafficked children reported missing from care

21/12/2018

Nearly a quarter of trafficked children were reported as going missing from care in 2017, a new study has revealed.

Child cruelty and neglect crimes double in past five years

04/12/2018

The number of child cruelty and neglect cases recorded by police have doubled over the last five years, a children’s charity has warned.

‘Substantial shortcomings’ found in local safeguarding guidance

29/11/2018

Freedom of information requests have uncovered ‘substantial shortcomings’ when it comes to the use of safeguarding guidance by county councils.

Inspectors praise Peterborough’s ‘thriving’ children’s services

07/08/2018

Inspectors have praised Peterborough City Council for creating the conditions for the city’s children’s services ‘to thrive’.

Law simplifying safeguarding measures to save councils £200m

03/07/2018

A new law designed to streamline the system which safeguards vulnerable people in care is set to save local authorities an estimated £200m a year.

‘Racially motivated’ murder could have been avoided, safeguarding review says

22/06/2018

The murder of an asylum seeker while living in supported living accommodation in Bristol could have been avoided, a safeguarding adult review has concluded.

Councils ‘struggling’ with increase in children on protection plans

20/06/2018

More than 180 children are placed on child protection plans every day to keep them safe from harm, local government leaders say.

Minister warns councils must adopt child protection system as 'priority'

07/06/2018

Councils and NHS organisations which have not yet adopted a system for sharing information on vulnerable children have been told they must do so as a priority.

Councils take key Prevent strategy role

30/05/2018

Councils have been handed administrative control of the controversial Prevent counter-terror strategy, The MJ has learned.

Investigation launched into serious failures at specialist school

06/04/2018

An investigation has been launched into a charity for the blind following ‘serious concerns’ over the safeguarding of vulnerable children and young people.

Islington appoints first ‘Women and Girls Champion’ in the UK

08/03/2018

Islington Council has announced it will appoint a ‘Women and Girls Champion’, the first appointment of its kind in the UK.

Taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions, campaigners warn

30/01/2018

Taxi and private hire vehicle licences are being granted to drivers with criminal convictions because there are no national minimum standards to enforce sufficient safety checks, campaigners say.

Nearly 1,000 children's centres not inspected for five years

22/01/2018

The Government has been accused of dragging its feet over inspections of children's centres, which have been frozen since 2015.

Bristol council to investigate failures after racist murder

16/01/2018

Councillors in Bristol have agreed to launch an investigation into how the council failed to support Bijan Ebrahimi who was murdered in a racist attack.

Councils dealing with 500 child protection investigations every day

12/12/2017

The number of child protection investigations being started by councils has risen at an ‘alarming’ rate of more than 500 a day, according to new figures.

Welsh council under review after toddler murdered by adoptive father

07/11/2017

A review into whether the Vale of Glamorgan Council could have intervened to save toddler Elsie has been launched after her adoptive father was found guilty of her murder.

Child sexual exploitation case reveals ‘missed opportunities’ to intervene

03/11/2017

A serious case review into the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Somerset has found ‘missed opportunities’ for earlier intervention by the council.

Council ‘failed’ to protect children from dangerous sibling

04/10/2017

Northumberland County Council failed to protect vulnerable young children at risk of harm, the local government ombudsman has ruled.

Councils urge Whitehall to avert ‘tragedy’ in youth offending facilities

22/09/2017

Councils have called on the Government to protect young offenders as inspectors say conditions in youth offending facilities make future tragedy ‘inevitable’.

Anti-radicalisation programme accused of Islamophobia

30/08/2017

The Government has criticised a report into its controversial anti-radicalisation programme for spreading what it describes as ‘falsehoods’ and ‘myths’.

Taxi laws ‘outdated’ and pose safeguarding risks, council chiefs say

25/08/2017

Council chiefs have called on the Government to reform ‘existing outdated’ taxi laws in order to strengthen safeguarding measures.

Vulnerable people being 'failed' by deprivation of liberty law

13/03/2017

Thousands of vulnerable people are being detained in care without sufficient checks, a new report has warned today.

Councils criticise amendment calling for safeguarding and welfare capacity register

07/03/2017

Council chiefs have criticised a new amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill which requires local authorities to maintain and report a local safeguarding and welfare capacity register.

Academies need ‘transparent’ safeguarding arrangements to prevent child abuse

02/02/2017

A West Berkshire serious case review has reported there is a need for ‘clear and transparent’ governance arrangements of safeguarding, particularly in academies, to protect children from abuse.

Worcestershire criticised for 'serious failures’ in children’s services

25/01/2017

Worcestershire County Council has apologised after inspectors found ‘widespread and serious failures’ in its children’s services.

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