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 July 2020
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Covid-19 Government Guidance
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Consultation: changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19)
The DfE are seeking views on proposed changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.  The amendments are temporary and will expire on 25th September 2020, the DfE would like to extend a small number of these.

Consultation opened: 16th July 2020
Consultation closes: 5th August 2020

For more information and to give your views click here
Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Guidance was updated to reflect that unless the evidence changes, the DfE will not be issuing further national notices to modify section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014.This relates to the duty to secure special educational provision and health care provision in the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

To read the guidance click here

See the Modification notices that were issued for May, June and July 2020 - click here to view
Young Carers and Young Adult Carers: providing care during coronavirus
Guidance and information for people under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (Dept. of Health and Social Care)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keeping children safe from abuse and harm Guidance
Advice for parents and carers about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to at this time and information and signposting to available help and support.

Click here to view
Mental Health and Wellbeing guidance to help school leaders and their staff
The guidance from the Anna Freud Centre, NAHT and PSHE Association 'Supporting Pupils' Mental Health and Wellbeing', outlines some universal approaches for all pupils and for those with low-level mental health needs, exploring the following and providing links to relevant resources in each section:
  • The impact of coronavirus on children and young peoples' mental health and wellbeing
  • How these experiences might affect pupils when they return to school
  • How can you support pupils to readjust, recover and move forwards?
  • Fear, anxiety and uncertainty
  • Transitions
  • Relationships
  • Self-regulation, concentration and engagement
  • What can schools and teachers do through PSHE education?
Click here to view Coronavirus: supporting pupils' mental health and well-being

Source: Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online.  This guidance was updated to  include new information on apps to help children stay safe online.

Click here to view 
Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September
A press release from the Department of Education - detailed plans have been unveiled for all children and young people to return to full-time education from September.

To read the press release and to access the related Guidance click here
What Works for Children's Social Care - Rapid Review: Home Visits and Remote Social Work
This is the latest Rapid Evidence Summary on Home Visits and Remote Social Work. Click here to view

To access a range of useful resources to support practitioners during the Covid-19 pandemic, including practice guides, webinars and podcasts visit the WWCSC Covid-19 Resources pages

Source: What Works for Children's Social Care
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 Consultation withdrawn permanently

This consultation was withdrawn on 10 July 2020

'We want schools and colleges to be able to focus their efforts on responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore the 2020 Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) consultation which was suspended on 31 March 2020 has been withdrawn permanently.

The majority of the revisions proposed in the consultation version will be reconsidered for future updates of KCSIE.

There are a small number of revisions that we have made and will come into force on 1 September 2020. These fall into 3 categories:

·    those that reflect legislative changes and as such are essential to ensure the guidance remains accurate

·     those that provide additional helpful support and information, such as on mental health and children in need

·     important clarifications which will help the sector better understand and/or follow our guidance' (DfE,July 2020)

A summary of changes can be found at Annex H of KCSIE which was published for information on 17 June 2020.

Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2019 remains statutory guidance. Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is available and should be read alongside KCSIE. 

Guidance - Implementation of  relationships education, relationships education and sex education and health education 2020-2021

As the subjects will be compulsory from 1st September 2020, the new parental right to withdraw provision will apply.

Schools that are ready to teach these subjects and have met the requirements set out in the statutory guidance, including those relating to engagement with parents and carers, are encouraged to begin delivering teaching from 1st September 2020, or whenever is practicable to do so within the first few weeks of the new school year.

Schools that are not ready to teach the new subjects, or are unable to adequately meet the requirements because of the challenging circumstances, should aim to start preparations to deliver the new curriculum as soon as possible and start teaching the new content by at least the start of the summer term 2021.

For more information click here

Updated  - Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services - DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services   Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.

2nd July:
Updated this guidance to clarify that all primary and most secondary legislation remains unchanged and made temporary and time-limited amendments to secondary legislation. Added content on missing children, testing, technology initiatives and social care services for disabled children and young people and their families.  Also revised the sections on court, fostering and adoption to provide further information.

On 15th July:
Updated the amendments regulations section of the guidance for children's social care services.

Call for evidence: EU Settlement Scheme
The Chief Inspector invites anyone with knowledge and experience of the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme to submit evidence for his next inspection.

I am keen to hear from individuals who have applied or are yet to apply, and from anyone who has provided assistance to applicants, including organisations who have worked with the Home Office to support the Scheme. I am particularly interested in:
  • what is working well and why, with examples (“success stories”)
  • what is not working, practical difficulties, concerns and recommendations
  • the consistency and usefulness of advice received from the Home Office
  • the lived experiences of vulnerable individuals and groups
  • factors preventing individuals from applying or delaying the progress of applications
  • the support, including funding, training and guidance, provided by the Home Office to those assisting applicants"
For further information see: Call for Evidence: EU Settlement Scheme
Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
The panel's letter announces it's third national child safeguarding practice review, into non-accidental injury in children under one. (June 2020)

To view the letters, click here

Also see: National review into sudden unexpected death in infancy in families (published 16th July 2020).  The findings include, the nature and circumstances of SUDI in families with children at risk, and how effective are local arrangements for promoting safer sleeping and reducing the risk of SUDI? (chapter 5).

Click here to see the national review Out of routine: a review of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) in families where the children are considered at risk of significant harm  
Definitions and signs of child abuse factsheets updated - NSPCC Learning
This factsheet sets out the different types of abuse and describes potential signs that a child is being abused.

The guidance is aimed at professionals who work with children and how to spot the signs.

See Definitions and signs of child abuse (pdf)
Migrant victims of domestic abuse - review findings
On 14 June 2019 the Joint Committee for the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill published a report outlining their recommendations for the draft Bill and the evidence they had heard in relation to the provisions in the Bill. The Joint Committee noted that they felt that the Bill missed “the opportunity to address the needs of migrant women who have no recourse to public funds”.

The Home Office Review Findings in July 2020 conclude: 

'This review has helped highlight concerns about the situation for these victims, particularly how a lack of access to public funds can make it difficult to obtain safe accommodation. 
However, what is also clear from the review is that we need a better evidence base before we can make robust policy decisions about support for this cohort. For now, the Support for Migrant Victims pilot we have announced will not only support more individuals to find safe accommodation, but it will also help gather the data that is needed to develop sustainable solutions for all migrant victims of domestic abuse over the long-term.'

For further information, see Migrant Victims of Domestic Abuse Review Findings

Source: Domestic Abuse Bill Collection
Covid-19: Home Office Extraordinary Funding for Domestic Abuse Support Services (re-opened) Bid Prospectus
Guidance for the £2 million Home Office fund for domestic abuse charities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Home Office  are now opening the fund for a second time, for the remaining £1,207,043 of the fund.

The Home Office are now expanding eligibility to include all organisations which  support victims of domestic abuse, even if domestic abuse is not the primary purpose of the whole organisation.  But the organisation may request funds only in relation to those of its individual services whose primary purpose is domestic abuse. i.e. covering all of England, all of Wales, or both 2 Second tier organisations are those which do not provide direct front-line support, but which undertake capacity-building work with front line organisations, such as providing training or advice, or membership organisations which support front-line member services.'

For the full guidance click here to view
Building a country that works for all children post Covid-19 - a discussion paper (ADCS)
A discussion paper from the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS), that explores the impacts on children and their families, in order to put their lived experiences in front and centre in national recovery planning whilst also articulating what is needed to restore and reset the support services they rely on.

Building a country that works for all children post covid-19 (pdf)

Source: ADCS
New report on identifying SEN in the early years
Nasen has launched a report, the research explores the process of identifying SEN in early years setting, from the perspective of SENCO including their working relationships with children, parents, staff and other relevant individuals.  The research findings highlighted that whilst over 70% of SENCOs were either extremely confident or very confident in identifying SEN, there was concern that less experienced members of staff were receiving no specific SEN training. 

View the report - Identifying Special Educational Needs in the Early Years: Perspectives from special educational needs coordinators (pdf)

For more information  click here

CoramBaaf - advice to the sector about Coronavirus
CoramBaaf has issued advice to the adoption and fostering sector on how to respond to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  It sets out guidance on a range of issues - adoption; fostering; family placement; health; and legal.

Visit CoramBaaf for ongoing updates.
House of Commons - briefing paper on Gender recognition and the rights of transgender people
This Commons Library briefing paper considers the current law relating to gender recognition; the medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria; the current protections from discrimination; consultations by the UK Government and the Scottish Government on reform of the Gender Recognition Act 2004; and the "self-identification" debate.

To view the report see Gender recognition and rights of transgender people (pdf)

Source: House of Commons Library
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