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A child's legal rights - Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines

The meaning of 'Gillick competent' and 'Fraser guidelines' when deciding whether a child is mature enough to make decisions.


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News and opinion - Government responds to Wood report on LSCBs and SCRs

Summary of Alan Wood's review of local safeguarding arrangements and serious case reviews and Department for Education's response.


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News and opinion - Government consultation on Working together guidance

Proposed changes to statutory guidance to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in England.


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News and opinion - Improving the quality and use of serious case reviews

Practical tools to help improve the quality and use of serious case reviews and reports sharing what we've learnt from our joint project with SCIE, funded by the DfE.



Statistics on child abuse - Incidence and prevalence

How many children are affected by abuse? View statistics and information on the incidence and prevalence of child abuse.


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News and opinion - Learning from significant case reviews in Scotland

Summary of key findings and recommendations from The Care Inspectorate review of significant case reviews (SCRs) in Scotland.


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