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Latest news for 17 April 2014

Devon Safeguarding Children Board has published the serious case review overview report of the sexual abuse of two sisters by their step-father. He had a previous conviction for a sexual offence against a 7-year-old-girl and was placed on the sex offender register from 2000-2005. A series of assessments were made between 2007 and 2012. Referrals were made in this period by the police, schools and the children’s father. In 2012, the girls’ brother was referred to the NSPCC for assessment. Following this, the NSPCC persistently raised concerns over: robustness of risk assessments; mother’s capacity to protect the children; risks and implications of children’s behaviour; and neglect. Issues identified include: misplaced assumption of mother as a protective factor; and insufficient knowledge and understanding of sex offending, offender profiles and risk. Makes various recommendations covering children’s services, the Local Authority, police and probation services.
Source: Devon Safeguarding Children Board  17 April 2014
Further information:
   Serious case review: CN10

The government is consulting on proposals which would enable local authorities to outsource most areas of children's services. Deadline for responses is 30 May 2014.
Source: Children & Young People Now  17 April 2014
Further information:
   Delegating children's social care functions

The Department for Education has published impact indicators which show the attainment gap in English and mathematics between looked after children and their peers at age 11 and 16.
Source: Gov.UK 16 April 2014

The Department for Education has published the latest quarterly adoption survey covering the period from January to December 2013. Findings include: the adoption process takes longer for children with certain characteristics, for example, it takes an extra 12 months for children aged 5 and over at placement.
Source: Gov.UK 15 April 2014

The Department for Education has published a COLLECT user guide for local authorities submitting private fostering data returns for 2013 to 2014.
Source: Gov.UK 15 April 2014

Tackling honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation
This conference, organised by Capita, takes place on 16 July 2014, in London.
Source: Capita

The Department for Education is consulting on the revision of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years. Deadline for responses is 6 May 2014 at 5.00 pm.
Source: Gov.UK 16 April 2014

Children and Young People Now reports on the adoption of the child of a mentally ill Italian woman who had been given a forced caesarean whilst being treated under the Mental Health Act. Social workers described the case as the most complex they had ever dealt with.
Source: Children & Young People Now  17 April 2014