Local authorities face many challenges identifying children missing from education

Children missing from education highlights the challenges local authorities face in identifying and tracking children who are missing from education. Children missing from education, and whose whereabouts become unknown, not only risk failing academically but are also potentially vulnerable to physical, emotional and psychological harm.

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Young people in secure accommodation losing out on chances of rehabilitation

Some children and young people in secure care are being placed as far away as 200 miles from their families, damaging their chances of receiving coordinated support, according to Admission and discharge from secure accommodation. While young people generally receive good emotional support within secure establishments, the report highlights how the limited number and range of secure establishments undermines efforts to support them when they are admitted and discharged from a secure placement. Many young people are placed a long distance from home, depriving them of valuable family support and making it more difficult for agencies to plan and assist them as they prepare to return to life in the community.

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The majority of social workers say they are receiving good training and line management support

Ofsted’s first national annual survey of social workers’ views, Safeguarding and looked after children, has responses from over 4,000 practitioners. The survey is issued alongside a report on the views of over 1,500 third sector organisations who provide services for children and young people across most local authorities in England. These surveys provide a window on the views and experience of front line staff as they work to safeguard and protect children.

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Inspection of children’s homes consultation

This is a consultation on proposals for a revised framework for the inspection of children’s homes. Ofsted seeks the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to, children’s homes in order to ensure that the inspection framework takes proper account of the needs and circumstances of all interested parties. Above all, the framework must assure the quality of services for the children and young people who live in children’s homes, and support their continuing improvement. We are particularly interested to hear from children and young people who live in or have lived in children’s homes.

The consultation ends on 31 October 2010.

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Improvements being made in the teaching of personal, social, health and economic education

Most schools are equipping children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly, Personal, social, health and economic education in schools has found. The report shows provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) was good or outstanding in more than three quarters of the 165 maintained schools visited across England.

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Pakistan floods appeal – how you can help

Find out what the British government is doing to help and how you can donate to the Pakistan floods appeal.

Pakistan floods appeal – how you can help

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