Children England – Sector News and Publications

School leaders on pupils’ mental health
A survey by The Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools for Hub 4 Leaders suggests that the vast majority of school leaders are very concerned about provision for the mental health of their pupils.

  • 83% said mental health issues have increased in the last five years
  • 97% believe more funding must be made available for schools to provide mental health support
  • 65% do not have a mental health champion amongst their staff, trained in mental health first aid, despite the government’s pledge to fund this for all schools
  • 77% think Ofsted should inspect mental health provision in schools

Policing of children’s homes
As part of its work to end the criminalisation of children in care, the Howard League has published a briefing on the policing of children’s homes. Although emphasising that police are still being called on to deal with very minor incidents in children’s homes, the briefing also describes initiatives by several police forces to help children’s home staff manage incidents without having to call the police and risk children in care ending up in the criminal justice system.

Combatting CSE in the Night Time Economy
The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse has published the results of a survey of workers in the night time economy, looking at their perception of the risk of CSE in businesses operating after 6pm, and how equipped they are to act on signs that a child might be being exploited. Levels of awareness and preparation varied widely, and the report recommends:

  • providing industry-specific awareness-raising information and guidance for night-time economy workers on the warning signs of CSE, and on what to do if ‘something doesn’t look right’
  • targeting awareness-raising efforts at night-time economy workers who may have close or frequent contact with young people at risk of CSE but may not currently consider tackling this to be part of their role
  • liaising with representative bodies for key night-time industries, to catalyse internal demand for information, guidance and awareness-raising and to support the ongoing provision of training and information-sharing

broadcasting more generally to workers and the public that ‘keeping an eye out’ for the welfare of children and young people in the night-time economy is a general responsibility, and using campaigns to reinforce the message that anyone can raise concerns with the appropriate bodies.