Good to read that HM Govt (DfE) is to establish National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care BUT can you think of a one size fits’ all approach that Govt have made work. Surely properly funded localism with strategy set by Govt is best?

Read DfE to establish National Stability Forum for Children’s Social Care and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005560/dfe-to-establish-national-stability-forum-for-childrens-social-care

Much is said about excluded pupils but what of those unofficially excluded or pressurised to withdraw and ‘abandoned by education system’ ?

Watch here how exclusion impacts children (from their perspective) and read pupils ‘abandoned by education system’ and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005567/excluded-pupils-abandoned-by-education-system

Rightly, campaigners criticise scale and pace of government’s cruel children’s mental health plans

Read Campaigners criticise scale and pace of government’s children’s mental health plans and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005569/campaigners-criticise-scale-and-pace-of-governments-childrens-mental-health-plans

New drive to help victims and witnesses give best evidence in South East – GOV.UK

Vulnerable victims and witnesses in the South East who need help giving evidence will soon have more support than ever – as the number of specially trained intermediaries continues to rise.
— Read on www.gov.uk/government/news/new-drive-to-help-victims-and-witnesses-give-best-evidence-in-south-east

The back story to Lee Kuan Yew’s gay grandson publicly comes out is the true story of courage, determination and politics in Singapore

Latest Singapore News and Headlines, Top Stories and Alternative Perspectives.
— Read on theindependent.sg/lee-kuan-yews-gay-grandson-publicly-comes-out-of-the-closet/

Delighted to read Singapore’s founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s grandson, Li Huanwu, publicly came out of the closet earlier this month. Both Huanwu and his boyfriend, Yirui Heng, were featured in the Out in Singapore platform, which aims to foster acceptance and support for “LGBTQ persons who wish to come out to family, friends and peers in the community.”

Latest Singapore News and Headlines, Top Stories and Alternative Perspectives.
— Read on theindependent.sg/lee-kuan-yews-gay-grandson-publicly-comes-out-of-the-closet/

“Surrogate children are often left in legal limbo in Britain,” but the Times writes “reforms are on the way How the law is catching up with surrogacy”

Advances in medical science and shifts in attitudes to the meaning of family have led to a growth in non-traditional methods of procreation, including surrogacy.Ministry of Justice figures show that in the ten years to 2016, the number of parental order applications — the process by which legal pare
— Read on www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/how-the-law-is-catching-up-with-surrogacy-zn988n0rv

Quite rightly ‘Resolution, The Law Society and Women’s Aid issue joint call to government to urgently ban cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts – Womens Aid’

Resolution, The Law Society and Women’s Aid issue joint call to government to urgently ban cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts – Womens Aid
— Read on www.womensaid.org.uk/resolution-the-law-society-and-womens-aid-issue-joint-call-to-government-to-urgently-ban-cross-examination-of-victims-by-their-abusers-in-the-family-courts/

Universal credit has failed and more people are suffering significant hardship – Child Poverty Action Group

It’s time to start listening: what the Department for Work and Pensions needs to learn about universal credit | Child Poverty Action Group
— Read on www.cpag.org.uk/content/it’s-time-start-listening-what-department-work-and-pensions-needs-learn-about-universal-cred

Call for postmortem after asylum seeker’s death at car wash | UK news | The Guardian

This quotation is apt: “It is heartbreaking that Mustafa managed to escape all the dangers in Darfur and finally reached the UK in 2015 after travelling through dangerous places like Libya, crossing the Mediterranean in a dinghy, travelling through Europe to Calais then hiding under a lorry to get to the UK where he thought he would be safe at last,”

Family of Mustafa Dawood, who died as immigration officers raided premises, ‘seek truth’
— Read on amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/17/call-for-postmortem-after-asylum-seekers-death-at-car-wash

If you or someone you know is concerned about becoming separated from their children through imprisonment this short film from Dr Shona Minson has advice on what you can do.

twitter.com/shonaminson/status/1014521757578022912

A danger in labelling social issues is highlighted by this recent report. That said, unsurprisingly social media ‘could’ be responsible for rise in lonely children, Childlike warns | The Independent

A rising number of children are contacting Childline about feelings of isolation and loneliness, new figures show. Childline has revealed that the NSPCC-supported service has delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18.

A rising number of children are contacting Childline about feelings of isolation and loneliness, new figures show.

Childline has revealed that the NSPCC-supported service has delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18.

This is only second year loneliness data has been recorded – it used to go down as “low self-esteem” or “unhappiness” – and the figures highlight a 14 per cent rise on the year before, when it assisted 4,063 young people struggling with feelings of isolation.

— Read on www.independent.co.uk/life-style/lonely-children-uk-rise-childline-counselling-girls-teenagers-social-media-a8428166.html

Very encouraging: Legal Challenge Over Rules That ‘Discriminate’ Against Autistic Pupils (and I read on Twitter the pro-change lawyer is excellent)

Legal Challenge Over Rules That ‘Discriminate’ Against Autistic Pupils
— Read on www.irwinmitchell.com/newsandmedia/2018/july/disabled-children-excluded-from-protection-under-equality-laws-jq-708321

Government announces scrapping of ‘disqualification by association’ in schools – Unlock – for people with convictions

“Today’s announcement to scrap the ‘disqualification by association’ rule from schools is long overdue but very welcomed. We’ve been calling for it to be scrapped for nearly 4 years because it did nothing to contribute towards safeguarding in schools. The arrangements were disproportionate, unfair and ineffective.”

— Read on www.unlock.org.uk/unlock-comment-dba-2018/

Some courts are trialling a new online service to apply about child arrangements. The court areas currently taking part are: Bristol, Grimsby, Guildford, Hull, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Reading, Slough and Watford.

To be able to try this service, the child or children must live within one of these court areas (you’ll be able to check this on the next page).

You’ll also need to meet the following criteria:

• you are a parent of the child or children

• you and the other person (the respondent) are both over 18

• you do not have a solicitor representing you

• you do not have a signed draft court order you want the court to consider making legally binding

— Read on apply-to-court-about-child-arrangements.dsd.io/

Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, major UK charity warns | Children & Young People Now

Read Growing number of children at risk of multiple dangers, charity warns and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005482/growing-number-of-children-at-risk-of-multiple-dangers-charity-warns

Popular early years interventions lack evidence, study finds | Children & Young People Now

Read Popular early years interventions lack evidence, study finds and the latest children services news & best practice on Children & Young People Now
— Read on www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005495/popular-early-years-interventions-lack-evidence-study-finds

Commentary: A neuroscientist, once a child migrant, on how family separation affects the brain | Article [AMP] | Reuters

By Carlos Ponce While preparing for a recent move to St. Louis, Missouri, the first item I packed was my dearest possession, an old faded picture of
— Read on mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1JL1QX

Assisted suicide – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary | R (on the application of Conway) -v- The Secretary of State for Justice and Ors

Mr Conway is a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with a form of motor neurone disease (“MND”) in November 2014. By the time of the hearing before the Court of Appeal his condition had deteriorated to the extent that he required non-invasive ventilation (“NIV”) for approximately 23 hours each day. Mr Conway has to use a wheelchair and requires ever increasing levels of assistance with daily life, eating and bodily functions.

When Mr Conway has a prognosis of six months or less to live, he wishes to have the option of taking action to end his life peacefully and with dignity, accomplished with the assistance of the medical profession, at a time of his choosing, whilst remaining in control of such final act as may be required to bring about his death.

Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
— Read on www.judiciary.uk/judgments/r-on-the-application-of-conway-v-the-secretary-of-state-for-justice-and-ors/

Coram’s ground-breaking art and music therapy help children and young people overcome complex and traumatic backgrounds every day.

Discover how Coram offers children and young people ground-breaking art and music Creative Therapies at the Coram Campus in London, in schools and in the community.
— Read on www.coram.org.uk/how-we-do-it/our-creative-therapies

Who’s treated better – puppies or looked-after children? Howard League

The second blogpost by Ella Dhillon considers how our treatment of puppies compares to our treatment of looked-after children.
— Read on howardleague.org/blog/whos-treated-better-puppies-or-looked-after-children/

Financial abuse: Issues for Court of Protection and Probate Practitioners – Equity’s Darling

Financial abuse: Issues for Court of Protection and Probate Practitioners – Equity’s Darling
— Read on equitysdarling.co.uk/2017/06/16/financial-abuse-issues-for-court-of-protection-and-probate-practitioners/

The ongoing programme of reform to the justice system in England and Wales poses potentially serious problems for “digitally excluded” users.

Thunderclap
— Read on www.thunderclap.it/projects/70376-preventing-digital-exclusion

Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind – Legal Futures

Court users “must buy in to reforms”, says MoJ as it pledges vulnerable will not be left behind – Legal Futures
— Read on www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/court-users-must-buy-in-to-reforms-says-moj-pledges-vulnerable-will-not-be-left-behind

“An organization that tolerates abuse until it crosses a threshold into the realm of sexual harassment is not one that is going to engender trust among your workforce.”

Crisis of confidence – hrmannz.com
— Read on hrmannz.com/2018/06/04/crisis-of-confidence/amp/

Non-Judicial Member for the Sentencing Council for England and Wales (Senior Serving Police Officer) – Centre for Public Appointments

Non-Judicial Member for the Sentencing Council for England and Wales (Senior Serving Police Officer) – Centre for Public Appointments
— Read on publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/non-judicial-member-for-the-sentencing-council-for-england-and-wales-senior-serving-police-officer/

The poor rate of employment and retention in employment for people with disabilities – remains stubbornly high.

Diversity and disability: the equality challenge – Personnel Today
— Read on www.personneltoday.com/hr/diversity-and-disability-the-equality-challenge/

“Despite having enough evidence to prove her own innocence at trial, she accepted her guilt to protect her fellow demonstrators” – disturbing

The Disappearing Trial Report | Fair Trials
— Read on www.fairtrials.org/the-disappearing-trial-report/

Special Educational Needs. What is a local offer?

What is a Local Offer?

In response to concerns from parents and others that they find it hard to access information about what support is available, the Children and Families Act 2014 requires every local authority in England to publish a ‘Local Offer’.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2014 (“the Code of Practice”) states that “Local authorities must publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN [Special Educational Needs] or are disabled, including those who do not have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.”

In just these few words the UN Secretary-General inspires millions of children and young persons around the globe

“One day I want to be the UN Secretary-General” – Humanitarian Fund restores hope in Somali children | OCHA
— Read on www.unocha.org/story/“one-day-i-want-be-un-secretary-general”-humanitarian-fund-restores-hope-somali-children

Anyone can fall prey to cyber criminals if they do not take basic security precautions when online. Here are the basics

The NCA’s mission is to lead the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime.
— Read on www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/crime-threats/cyber-crime/online-threats-to-consumers

Are people on low incomes are effectively being denied access to justice? Amnesty International have pointed out, the cuts have created a “two-tier justice system”, leaving the most vulnerable in society without legal support – RightsInfo

Would You Cope in Court Without a Lawyer? – RightsInfo
— Read on rightsinfo.org/cope-court-without-lawyer/