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This is a free resource aimed at keeping colleagues informed about government policy, changes in legislation and to enhance good practice. We do our best to keep up to date, publishing briefings and guides at least monthly.


November 2016

Policy Briefing

 Briefing 191:

(25th November 2016)

National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme Final Synthesis Report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on 17th October 2016

This briefing summarises the final synthesis report of the National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme. It sets out the background to the Troubled Families Programme, outlines the content of the report and considers the key findings in more detail and why the findings have occurred.

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Policy Briefing

 Briefing 190:

(25th November 2016)

Harmful Sexual Behaviour

During the summer months two important guides were published to improve the quality of services to Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviour from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the NSPCC. The guides will help develop evidence based practice and assist in auditing and benchmarking services.

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Policy Briefing

 Briefing 189:

(25th November 2016)

Gender Identity Issues

Issues around gender identity are coming to increasing public prominence, with a corresponding increase in the number of children and young people coming forward with issues relating to their gender development and identity.

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Policy Briefing

 Briefing 188:

(25th November 2016)

Serious Case Review - Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs

Dog attacks causing child fatalities are, fortunately, very rare in England. However, this issue has recently been highlighted both by the recent death of a child in the family home and by the publication of a Serious Case Review Overview Report. This policy briefing considers, in particular, the findings and recommendations from this Serious Case Review.


October 2016

Policy Briefing

 Briefing 187:

(18th October 2016)

Children Missing Education - Changes to Regulations from September 2016

On the 5th September, the Department for Education (DfE) issued the updated statutory guidance 'Children Missing Education'.

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Policy Briefing

 Briefing 186:

(18th October 2016)

Keeping Children Safe in Education - Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges: September 2016

On the 5th September, the Department for Education (DfE) issued the updated statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'. The 2016 guidance makes explicit that: 'Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility'.

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Policy Briefing

 Briefing 185:

(18th October 2016)

Sexting

Sexting describes the use of technology to generate images or videos made by children under the age of 18 of other children; images that are of a sexual nature and are indecent.

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Policy Briefing

 Briefing 184:

(18th October 2016)

Ofsted Social Care Announcements

This briefing summaries the content of the inspection guidance published by Ofsted in August 2016.


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