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14:57PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: guidance collections

The Department for Education (DfE) has published webpages bringing together guidance for schools, early year and childcare providers and local authority children's services in England outlining what they need to do during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the guidance: Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Local authority children's services: coronavirus (COVID-19)



14:59PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: information for parents and carers

The Department for Education (DfE) has published information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.

Read the guidance: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak



15:00PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: children returning to school in England

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a press statement encouraging headteachers of schools in England to invite back more primary pupils before the summer, where they have capacity to do so. The DfE has also published guidance to help schools in England identify and address gaps in pupils' understanding due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the press release: Primary schools to be given flexibility to bring back more pupils

Read the guidance: Identifying and addressing gaps in pupils' understanding



15:02PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: pastoral care in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance on how schools in England can provide additional emotional and pastoral support for pupils when they return to school following the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the guidance: Pastoral care in the curriculum



15:02PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: schools FAQs

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing around frequently asked questions (FAQs) about coronavirus and schools in the UK. The briefing looks at school closures and re-openings; school attendance rates; and survey evidence about differences in home learning.

Read the news story and download the briefing: Coronavirus and schools: FAQs



15:03PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: loneliness

Research in Practice (RiP) has published a blog along with access to resources looking at key messages concerning loneliness and how they can be applied in social care practice.

Read the blog: Social connection, loneliness and lockdown



15:04PM Monday, 22 June 2020

Coronavirus: children and young peopleā??s mental health

The Centre for Mental Health has published a report looking at the impact of the coronavirus crisis on mental health including children's mental health. The report calls on the Government to take urgent action on mental health inequalities in its planning for recovery from the pandemic.

Read the news story: Covid-19 could widen mental health inequalities for a generation

Read the report: Covid-19: understanding inequalities in mental health during the pandemic (PDF)



15:35PM Monday, 4 May 2020

Coronavirus: perinatal mental health services

To mark Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (4-10 May) NSPCC Learning has published a news story describing how the NSPCC has adapted their perinatal mental health services, including Pregnancy and Mind and Baby Steps, during the coronavirus crisis.

Read the news story: Adapting our perinatal mental health services during coronavirus

Visit the campaign webpage: Fight for a Fair Start

Visit the awareness week website: Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week

See also on NSPCC Learning

> Podcast: Perinatal mental health


08:59AM Friday, 3 April 2020

My Time CYP Primary Mental Health Service details updated

The details of how to get in touch with the My Time CYP Primary Mental Health Service have been updated.

To contact the service in the first instance (as the office is temporarily closed) please email the My Time in-box at: mytimecumbria@barnardos.org.uk

PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION - Name of school and contact details; whether you are requesting advice or making a referral; a time when you can be contacted by telephone; contact telephone number. The admin team monitor emails daily (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) and will allocate your query to a practitioner who will then contact you.


10:57AM Monday, 16 March 2020

Coronavirus : children's concerns

Childline has updated its website to include information to support children and young people concerned about coronavirus, The Independent has also published an article on advice from experts about how parents can respond to their children's concerns about coronavirus, and includes a comment from the NSPCC.

Visit Childline: Worries about the world: coronavirus

Read the news article: 'I went through my 10-year-old's search history and there was coronavirus':what should parents do about virus fear?


11:07AM Monday, 16 March 2020

Sleeping with babies

The Lullaby Trust has released findings from a survey of more than 8,500 parents which show that: 76% have co-slept with their baby at some point; and over 40% admitted to having done so in dangerous circumstances such as on a sofa, having drunk alcohol or as a smoker. An animation, created in partnership with Public Health England and released to mark Safer Sleep Week (9-15 March), provides advice to parents on keeping their baby safe when they are tired.

Read the news story: New survey shows 40% of parents are not co-sleeping safely

Watch the animation: When your baby won't sleep

Awareness week: Safer sleep week


11:09AM Monday, 16 March 2020

National child exploitation awareness day

National Child Exploitation Awareness Day takes place on 18 March 2020. The day, co-ordinated by the NWG network, aims to highlight the issues surrounding child exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

Read the news story: National Child Exploitation Awareness Day

See also on NSPCC Learning> Protecting children from sexual exploitation


11:20AM Monday, 16 March 2020

Learning from case reviews

NSPCC Learning has published three CASPAR briefings on reports looking at learning from serious case reviews and rapid reviews in England. The briefings summarise key findings from: The Department for Education's (DfE's) triennial analysis looking at serious case reviews relating to incidents of child maltreatment between 2014 and 2017; the annual review of the Child Safeguarding Review Panel which provides analysis of over 500 rapid reviews received from July 2018 to December 2019; and the Panel's first national review focusing on safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation.

Read the news story: UK Government publishes three new reports about learning from case reviews in England

See also on NSPCC Learning >The Department of Education's triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2014-2017

>The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel's annual report for 2018-2019

>The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel's report on safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation


14:01PM Monday, 9 March 2020

Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published a review into adolescent deaths or serious harm where criminal exploitation was a factor. The review examines the lives of 21 teenagers from 17 areas across England who died or experienced serious harm where criminal exploitation was a factor, and aims to identify what might be done differently by practitioners to improve approaches to protecting adolescents who find themselves threatened with violence and serious harm by criminal gangs. Findings include: boys from black and minority ethnic backgrounds appear to be more vulnerable to harm from criminal exploitation; exclusion from mainstream school is seen as a trigger point for risk of serious harm; parental engagement is nearly always a protective factor; and more priority should be given to disrupting perpetrator activity. A CASPAR briefing summarising findings from this report will be published on the NSPCC Learning website later this week.

Read the news story: Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation

Read the report: It was hard to escape Safeguarding children at risk from criminal exploitation (PDF)


14:02PM Monday, 9 March 2020

Triennial review: serious and fatal child maltreatment

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a triennial review analysing 368 serious case reviews (SCRs) from April 2014 to March 2017 of children and young people affected by serious and fatal child maltreatment in England. Findings show that: most serious and fatal maltreatment continues to take place within the family; infancy and adolescence represent the periods of greatest vulnerability; criminal exploitation covers a range of activities that victimise the child, not just sexual exploitation; and adolescents who go missing are an indication that all is not well in their lives. A CASPAR briefing summarising the findings will be published on the NSPCC Learning website later this week. Research in Practice have produced six online briefings summarising sector-specific themes from the report.

Read the news story: Analysis of serious case reviews: 2014 to 2017

Read the report: Complexity and challenge: a triennial analysis of SCRs 2014-2017 (PDF)

Read Research in Practice briefings: Materials to support the application of learning in practice


14:04PM Monday, 9 March 2020

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published its first annual report providing analysis of 538 rapid reviews, carried out in England, received between July 2018 and December 2019. Findings include: 244 of the rapid reviews reported that children had died and 294 reported serious harm. 144 (27%) involved the death or serious harm of an under-one-year-old due to non-accidental injury; weak risk assessment and poor decision making were identified as a major practice theme within 218 (41%) of all the rapid reviews received; and poor information exchange between agencies was present in 215 (40%). A CASPAR briefing summarising findings from this report will be published on the NSPCC Learning website later this week.

Read the news story: Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2018 to 2019

Read the report: Annual Report 2018 to 2019 (PDF)


14:27PM Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Online safety

The BBC reports that TikTok, a social video app that allows users to share short videos, is introducing a family safety mode designed to give parents tighter control over how their children use the app. The safety feature will allow parents and carers to link their account to their child's and have direct control over the safety settings.

Read the news story: TikTok 'family safety mode' gives parents some app control

See also on NSPCC Learning : Online safety training


11:46AM Monday, 24 February 2020

Publication of North Cumbria CYP Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Local Transformation Plan Refresh 2020

The Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board signed off the North Cumbria Children and Young People's Resilience, Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Local Transformation Plan Refresh for 2020 at its February meeting. The Plan which was completed by the CYP Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Partnership is now published on North Cumbria CCG website and can be found here: North Cumbria CYP EWB and MH Local Plan 2020

This programme of transformation work has been in place since 'Future in Mind' was first published in 2015 and aims to improve the resilience, emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people, their parents and carers, making it easier for them and their families to access help and support when they need it and improve mental health services. The plan sets out several achievements over the last five years and set out how we will continue with this work in 2020 and beyond.


11:49AM Monday, 3 February 2020

Children and young people's mental health

The Children's Commissioner for England has published the third annual children's mental health briefing looking at the provision of children and young people's mental health services in England. The report finds that in 2018/19: an additional 53,000 children entered treatment; around one in four children and young people with a diagnosable mental health condition were referred to services; and children and young people waited an average of 53 days to enter treatment.

Read the news story: The state of children's mental health services

Read the report: The state of children's mental health services (PDF)


11:54AM Monday, 3 February 2020

Online privacy

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published a blog containing advice for parents and professionals about improving online privacy. Topics covered include reviewing privacy settings on social media, updating passwords and reviewing permissions.

Read the blog: Improve your privacy online: advice for parents and professionals


14:25PM Friday, 27 December 2019

Childhood trauma and brain development

NSPCC Learning has published new content looking at how childhood trauma affects child brain development. The content covers: how children's brains develop from birth through adolescence; how trauma can affect this growth; and tips and guidance for parents, carers or anyone working with children for encouraging healthy brain growth. The content is explained by using six metaphors to describe different aspects of brain development.

Read the new content: How childhood trauma affects child brain development

See also on NSPCC Learning: Trauma and child brain development: face-to-face training


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