This week, the Children’s Commissioner published her final report on her Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups. The report generated a good deal of media interest, but I thought the press focus missed a number of important issues that need much more extensive debate, says CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy
The last few days have seen a flurry of activity and media comment on the dangers that the internet and the use of mobile technology pose for children and young people. Here Jim Kennedy discusses some of the wider and perhaps under-recognised implications of these developments.
This has been a week full of important developments in the children’s services world. Some have pointed the way forward, some have been ominous, and one has again thrown light on the tragic lives, and deaths, that some children lead and suffer. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy gives his view on the key issues:
This week saw the publication of the latest figures on children in need and children subject to child protection plans in England. These are important statistics. They provide an indication of the way children’s services’ workload is developing, and raise key questions about what is going on, across the system.
Minding the Baby is an early intervention programme developed by Yale University, which the NSPCC is running in Glasgow, Sheffield and York. Here, Michelle Phillips, NSPCC nurse practitioner for the York branch, looks at how it aims to enhance the mother’s relationship with her child to help her develop better awareness of her baby’s physical and mental states.
Over the last few weeks there have been two valuable reports looking at young people’s experience of abuse and how they report it. One came from the English Children’s Commissioner and the other from the NSPCC. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy's blog looks at some of their key messages.
Two key documents that will profoundly affect the regulation of social services during the next few years were published this week – Ofsted’s first and highly critical annual report on the state of children’s social care, and the CQC’s plans for changes to the way it regulates and inspects adult social care services. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy looks at both the Ofsted annual report and the way the main regulators’ approaches are diverging.
DH Director of Nursing Viv Bennett considers the importance of giving children and young people the best start in life in her official blog for Public Health England.
The latest data pack from DFE, on improving permanency arrangements, is an extensive and useful one. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy looks into how it could impact on placement stability.
Jim Kennedy analyses the serious case review on the circumstances surrounding the death of Daniel Pelka.
The courts must do better when vulnerable young people are in their care, writes the NSPCC's Peter Wanless in his blog.
The unexpected summer heatwave has shone the spotlight on our hydration habits. Independent Advisor to the Natural Hydration Council, Dr Emma Derbyshire offers a timely reminder that it is vital to keep children well hydrated for both their health and school performance.
In this guest blog the NSPCC’s John Cameron writes about the charity’s new helpline offering advice and support to anyone concerned about girls in danger of female genital mutilation and the crucial role that health professionals can play in protecting children from this.
Well, now we know – at least roughly – what the Government’s financial plans are for the next 3 years. But as CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy suggests the devil is always, truly in the detail of these publications, and the exact implications for social services in England, will only become clear in the coming weeks and months.
Midwifery is in a state of crisis and unless the government acts quickly, Penny Hosie fears there will be more infant and maternal deaths
In this guest blog, Sally Hogg from the NSPCC writes about the important part that health professionals play in identifying mothers at risk of, or suffering from, perinatal mental illnesses, and ensuring they get the support they need.
Editor Penny Hosie voices her concerns on figures released this week by the Public Health England revealing that too many young people are having unsafe sex.
CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy believes the Care Bill published as part of the Queen's Speech contains some particularly important messages about concepts of permanence and the government’s on-going programme of reform of the adoption system.
For parents of children with learning disabilities, planning for what happens when they are no longer there to care for their offspring may seem like a scary proposition, but it has to be done – and many will need support to do this, says Dan Parton.