Almost a fifth of all children’s social worker jobs in England are vacant, despite a rise in recruitment. Councils are said to be relying on agency workers, whilst social workers say they are under constant pressure because of media coverage and criticism of their role in high profile cases.
On BBC News we said that social workers are under an increasing workload, noting that last year ChildLine made 3,714 referrals to local authorities – a 72 per cent increase on the previous year: “Social workers play a vital role in protecting children in communities up and down the country and whilst high profile cases may be adding to the pressures felt by some in the profession, they also emphasise the essential role that social workers can play in prevent tragedies occurring.” Further coverage included Express & Star.
A new report published by the Education Select Committee last week highlights the fact that some of our most vulnerable children in care are being failed due to a lack of therapeutic support. The report is an important step forward for our It’s Timecampaign, as we’re calling on the government to ensure that all children entering care receive a mental health assessment by a trained mental health professional, and regularly throughout their time in care. This is vital to ensure that problems are identified early and the necessary support is provided, rather than waiting until problems reach crisis point, which is what young people in care tell us is happening at the moment.
Also in parliament Catherine McKinnell MP raised our concerns about the mental health of looked after children by asking a question of the Minister for Children and Families, saying: “The vast majority of children entering the care system have experienced abuse and neglect and are particularly vulnerable in regard to their mental health needs. Will the Minister accept the concerns expressed by the NSPCC, which I share, that if the Department does not commit to counting and tracking abused and neglected children, those children will continue to be at risk of falling through the cracks and not receiving the mental health support that they need to rebuild their lives?”
The Minister agreed and re-stated that the Department of Health and Department for Education are setting up an expert working group which will seek to improve care pathways for looked after children. He also stated that more needs to be done to track the progress of looked after children.
We are happy to promote this event – The Liam Charity Presents – The Special One Cup – family fun day.
Come down and join us on Saturday 4th June at Carshalton Athletic FC for the Special One Cup – family fun day in support of the NSPCC’s ChildLine service! This year we celebrate five years of hosting this fantastic event and to help us honour this, we have invited Princess Elsa from Frozen to help with the festivities and will have football legends Kerry Dixon and Perry Groves supporting our four teams as they battle it out for the prestigious title!
As usual we have an array of great activities for all the family taking place, including live music from the wonderful Claire Rapson, enchanting dance performances from Destiny’s Stage School and Xpression Dance, inflatables, face painting and a delicious BBQ to enjoy.
We will also be holding our annual raffle and we have some amazing prizes this year which include a children’s bike and helmet and Afternoon Tea at Windsor Hotel.
Tickets can be purchased on the door and £5 for an adult, £3 for young people (12-16) and free for children under 12. The gates will open from midday and the match will begin at 12.30pm.
Each and every penny donated on the day will go towards the NSPCC’s ChildLine service – a free and confidential helpline for children and young people.
New app will donate up to £2 to the NSPCC for annual subscription, helping even more children
Keeping children safe online is a priority for the NSPCC – for children, being online is just part of real life. Children and young people spend a lot of time online and it can be a great way to explore, socialise and learn.
But there are also risks, and we know that it can sometimes be daunting for parents to know how to keep their children safe online – 75% of parents have looked for or received information and advice about how to help their child manage online risks.
Now, a new tablet-based app has been launched to help keep 5-11 year olds safe online. Azoomee is designed to be a single place where children can watch their favourite shows, play games, learn new skills, get creative and send messages to friends and family.
Experts in education and children’s media have approved everything in Azoomee. There’s no advertising or in-app purchases required. And children need parent’s permission to leave the app – so there’s no risk of them accidentally viewing content that isn’t appropriate for their age.
It’s a great place for young children to have fun, but also to learn how to stay safe online. We’ve been a strategic partner for Azoomee since March 2015 – and we believe that together we can help more children keep safe.
We are pleased to provide this notice from Tom Hart Dyke, who regularly serves as a panel member at our NSPCC Gardener’s Question Time.
We are delighted to announce 2016 is our 40th anniversary of opening Lullingstone Castle and we cannot wait to welcome everyone on Easter Saturday!
After a very busy Winter period working with our dedicated volunteers we are thrilled to share in our latest newsletter just some of the new garden highlights. We are also pleased to announce for the new season we have a new cafe team and menu, with lots of delicious light refreshments for you to indulge in at our castle marquee.
Join us for an action packed year with some fabulous additions to our events calendar including our new Orchid Weekend. We look forward to seeing you at Easter and throughout the season! #celebrate40
British schools are experiencing a ‘sexting crisis’ as figures released through an FOI request to 50 of the nation’s biggest secondary schools confirm that more than a third of reported sexting cases involved pupils aged 12 and 13.
Sexting can make young people targets for sex offenders for set them up for bullying by their peers. These figures reflect our experience that sexting among children is now seen by them as part of everyday life. Personal, social, health and economic education should be on every curriculum as it is at the front line of child protection. Sexting needs to be covered so that young people feel more able to approach trusted adults and get the support they need.”
You can read more advice for parents here – More Advice
Our ever popular Gardeners’ Question Time 2016 will soon be upon us – Tuesday 22nd March 2016 – see details below. Tickets are now available at £6.00 each. There will be refreshments and a prize raffle.
Our expert panel is chaired by Jim Buttress from BBC2’s The Big Allotment Challenge, with special guests Tom Hart Dyke from Lullingston Castle and Mark Wasilewski, Manager Royal Parks.
Every year, the equivalent of two children in every primary school class are abused in the UK. But the majority are left without the support services they so desperately need.
With your help we can change this.
The NSPCC is campaigning for government to improve the support available to every child who has been abused so that they have the best chance to rebuild their life. If you believe that it’s time to demand every child receives the support they need, ask your MP to raise the issue with Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching we thought this would be a fun way for the Mums, Nans, Sisters, and Aunties of your children to support the NSPCC!
Please share with everyone – Many Thanks from the London & South East Fundraising Team
How would you look if your children did your make-up?
We’d love to know! Why not let your little ones make you look beautiful and support the NSPCC at the same time. Let them work their magic, then post your selfie on Facebook for your friends and family to see.
Every Childhood is worth fighting for, have fun with your children raising money for the NSPCC and support vulnerable children in the UK.
The momentum for the Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM) is building as we near closer to race day – Sunday 24 April 2016, 9am Greenwich Park London. As the 2016 official charity partner this will be a great opportunity to celebrate our work in the 30th year of ChildLine.
If you know of anyone running without a charity place please encourage them to join Team NSPCC, entitling participants to professional training advice, fundraising support, access to our post-race reception and an incredible amount of motivation along the route from our cheerpoints.