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The Scottish Government is consulting on changes to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, including the Named Person service. The consultation seeks feedback on the draft statutory guidance and secondary legislation that will support key parts of the Act. These are as follows: Every child and young person…
The NSPCC is seeking views from social workers involved in child protection and broader work with children and families to identify gaps in child protection research. This will help NSPCC to use their research budget in the most effective way possible to build the evidence base around keeping children safe.…
Social workers and health visitors are among the professionals starting a new course at the University of Stirling this month, in what they describe as the UK’s first postgraduate child welfare course. The postgraduate course in advanced practice skills in child welfare and protection has been developed by the University…
Why are children from poor neighbourhoods more likely to be subject to a child protection intervention than those living in better off areas? And is deprivation the primary cause? That is what a comprehensive new research programme involving seven UK universities aims to find out. The two year project will…
Child protection officers are to be investigated by the police complaints watchdog over delays in acting on intelligence about hundreds of suspected paedophiles. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it will investigate how staff at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), which is now part of the National…
A new online course called Caring for Vulnerable Children has been launched by Future Learn in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS - Centre For Excellence In Looked After Children In Scotland. It aims to develop an understanding of some of the approaches involved in caring for vulnerable…
A judge at the Court of Session in Edinbrugh has dismissed a legal challenge against Scottish government over proposals to appoint a "named person" for every child under 18. The challenge was brought by a coalition of charities and individuals who argued it breached human rights. Using the campaign vehicle…
The true quality of activity to tackle child abuse and neglect across the country could be being obscured because of Ofsted's blinkered approach to inspecting children's services, local government leaders have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, is calling for an overhaul of…
A police force has been told it needs to improve child protection practices after a report found it had not resolved problems highlighted in earlier reviews. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found that West Yorkshire Police had inconsistencies across the force area, particularly in its approach towards child sexual…
This is the first report from a study of outcomes for 114 children from 49 families assessed in an expert multi-disciplinary service during care proceedings. The study investigated the extent of children’s adaptation following judicial decisions made in the proceedings and what factors might be involved in changes in the…
Two councils have been criticised by a family court judge who said a five-year-old boy taken from his parents more than two years ago had "languished" in the care system. Judge Carol Atkinson criticised the London Borough of Redbridge and the Royal Borough of Greenwich in a written ruling following…
A legal loophole makes it impossible to prosecute adults for neglect or ill-treatment of 16 and 17-year-olds, a charity has warned. The Children's Society is calling for a change in the law to protect more than 40,000 vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds from cruelty - including sexual exploitation. While most English…