Unpleasant reading for professionals: Misogyny in the family courts – VictimFocus Blog

A blog that highlights not only how women are being labelled but also how reports of child abuse are being used to undermine the credibility of women. — Read on victimfocusblog.com/2020/09/22/misogyny-in-the-family-courts/amp/

The thousands of children missing out on key support for diagnosed special educational needs in England”, it absolutely is ‘a national scandal.’ Depriving those already disadvantaged of a decent education is tantamount to robbery.

Missing special needs support ‘a national scandal’ – BBC News — Read on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-46400397

One hoax phone call, 12 years behind bars: the prisoners with learning disabilities – excellent report by journalists at the Guardian

A disproportionate number of people in UK prisons have learning disabilities. Three of them tell their stories — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/27/one-hoax-phone-call-12-years-behind-bars-the-prisoners-with-learning-disabilities

Students should be encouraged to think and challenge – so to be excluded from Spalding Grammar School after ‘silent protest’ over controversial bags policy is (IMHO) excessive.

An A-Level student was excluded from Spalding Grammar School for two days after silent protest over controversial ban on large bags. — Read on http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/student-excluded-after-silent-protest-over-controversial-bags-policy-9046813/

More evidence emerges on impact of informal exclusions | ROTA – Race On The Agenda

Since 2012, ROTA has been gathering evidence on informal school exclusions, a practice which has continued, under various guises, including ‘off rolling’ and ‘home schooling’ to the detriment of pupils and their families who have experienced this. We report here on new information coming through, that suggests that the issue, far from going away, isContinue reading “More evidence emerges on impact of informal exclusions | ROTA – Race On The Agenda”

In Britain every child has fundamental expectation. That’s why heads, teachers, support staff and parents are urging HM Gov to: Properly fund SEND in all schools/colleges, ensuring no child has to wait for a place in school Give funding back to local authorities so they can commission SEND support and services in line with what children in their community need Education Secretary Damian Hinds: urgently fund education for children with special needs.

The Government is failing to provide funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). For schools, 91% of whom are facing real-terms budget cuts, it’s becoming increasin… — Read on actionnetwork.org/forms/education-secretary-damian-hinds-urgently-fund-education-for-children-with-special-needs

First the NHS, then Justice and Local Govt crumble “risks of standards in local government being breached have increased since 2010 while mitigations have been weakened or removed, Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) has warned.”

Local Government Lawyer – Risks of standards breaches have increased, while mitigations weakened: Solace — Read on localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php

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 http://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 http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005567/excluded-pupils-abandoned-by-education-system

“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 http://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 http://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/

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 http://www.irwinmitchell.com/newsandmedia/2018/july/disabled-children-excluded-from-protection-under-equality-laws-jq-708321

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 http://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 http://www.cypnow.co.uk/cyp/news/2005495/popular-early-years-interventions-lack-evidence-study-finds

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 http://www.personneltoday.com/hr/diversity-and-disability-the-equality-challenge/

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 http://www.unocha.org/story/“one-day-i-want-be-un-secretary-general”-humanitarian-fund-restores-hope-somali-children

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched a consultation on the way it plans to regulate new data protection laws.’

Draft Regulatory Action Policy | ICO — Read on ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/ico-and-stakeholder-consultations/draft-regulatory-action-policy/

Is it time to extend FoI requests to suppliers of services to Local Authorities?

In its latest report, The Continuing Importance of Ethical Standards for Public Service Providers, the CSPL said there had been little real progress on measures to enforce ethical standards in outsourced public services.

Interesting case that has potential ramifications beyond the court. Security guard did not have authority to accept [court] informations ruled Admin Court

Local Government Lawyer – Security guard did not have authority to accept informations: Admin Court — Read on http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php