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Government plans to tighten safeguarding arrangements for children in care

13 Apr

I         Consultation on new regulations

On 12 February 2020, the government launched an eight-week consultation period to strengthen the regulations related to children in care to ensure that they are placed in suitable accommodation. Placing these children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation will become illegal. Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, announced these measures to drive up the quality of children’s social care.  Also, minimum standards will be introduced for unregulated accommodation, which provides accommodation but not care for young people aged 16 and over.

As part of the consultation, the Government introduced national standards for unregulated accommodation to improve the quality and security of the placements. This will mean that where this is used appropriately for young people aged 16 and over, safety and quality are prioritised.

Ofsted, the inspectorate, will be given powers to crack down on illegal, unregistered providers – those providing care for children without being registered to do so. Councils and local police forces will be required to work together before placements in unregulated settings are made.  The interests of young people will be at the heart of decisions and of paramount importance.

The Education Secretary confirmed that an independent review would look widely across children’s social care with the aim of better supporting, protecting and improving the outcomes of these children and young people making sure that it reflected the experiences of those who needed social workers or been in care.

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Supporting children in care and all young people to handle social media

31 Dec

Parents and teachers face several challenging when bringing up young people.  Two groups of young people stand out.  The first is children in care.  The second relates to young people who are in danger of being addicted to social media.

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