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)
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)
The revised Working Together was published for consultation on 25 October 2017 and will close on 31 December 2017. The documents for consultation are:
Further details can be found by following this link: https://consult.education.gov.uk/child-protection-safeguarding-and-family-law/working-together-to-safeguard-children-revisions-t/
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)