27th November 2017

Elective home education

Elective home education

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has published findings from a survey of local authorities in England looking at the characteristics of children and young people who are known to be home schooled. Findings from 118 local authorities who responded to the survey show that 35,487 children and young people were known to be home schooled on school census day, 5 October 2017. The analysis covers: the most common reasons given for home schooling; ways of supporting home schooling children and their families; information about safeguarding issues; and comments on existing legislation and guidance.

Source: ADCS  Date: 17 November 2017

Further information: Summary analysis of the ADCS elective home education survey October 2017 (PDF)

30th October 2017

Review of children mental health services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a review looking at the quality and accessibility of mental health services for children and young people in England. Findings from the review, commissioned by the Prime Minister, include: the system is complex and fragmented - mental health care is funded, commissioned and provided by many different organisations that do not always work together in a joined-up way; children and young people expressed major concerns about how long they waited to access mental health support and that mental health care did not always feel person-centred and responsive to their needs; safety is seen as the greatest overall area of concern in specialist child and adolescent mental health services.

Source: CQC  Date: 26 October 2017

Further information: Review of children and young people’s mental health services: phase one report (PDF)

25th October 2017

Working Together to Safeguard Children Consultation

The revised Working Together was published for consultation on 25 October 2017 and will close on 31 December 2017. The documents for consultation are:

  • Changes to statutory guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children and new regulations;
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children;
  • Child death review statutory guidance;
  • Local safeguarding - transitional arrangements.

Further details can be found by following this link:

28th September 2017

Children living with domestic abuse

Ofsted has published a report looking at the extent to which children’s social care, health professionals, the police and probation officers are effective in safeguarding children who live with domestic abuse. Findings from joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) carried out by inspectors from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, and HM Inspectorate of Probation in six local authorities in England include: professionals have made progress in dealing with the immediate challenges presented by the volume of cases of domestic abuse; too little work is being done to prevent domestic abuse and repair the damage that it does. The report calls for: a national public service initiative to raise awareness of domestic abuse and violence; and for a greater focus on perpetrators and better strategies for the prevention of domestic abuse.


Further information:  The multi -agency response to children to children living with domestic abuse (PDF)

4th September 2017

Three ways Child Sexual Exploitation can affect children

In a guide for Community Care Inform Children, Emilie Smeaton, research director of Paradigm Research, covers the different ways that experiencing sexual exploitation can affect children. This excerpt from Smeaton’s guide covers three impacts CSE can have.



Children who experience CSE often exhibit risky behaviours such as offending, running away, substance misuse and general anti-social behaviour. They may bully and exhibit controlling behaviour towards others and situations. Children may also exhibit violent behaviour towards others including adults who care for them. These behaviours may result from children and young people ‘acting out’ the abuse they experience but may also be encouraged or forced by perpetrators of CSE.

Children’s violent behaviour may also be as a result of fear from threats made by perpetrators of CSE.


Truancy and exclusion from school are commonly experienced by children who experience CSE. Exclusion is often experienced as a consequence of adopted behaviours as a result of experiencing CSE. If still attending school, a child who is experiencing CSE may cease to engage with school and/or exhibit disruptive behaviour.