Revised statutory guidance on disqualification under the Childcare Act – Friday 6 July 2018

This week I report on revised statutory guidance on disqualification under the Childcare Act, updated statutory guidance for safeguarding children across sectors and a new report which explores the barriers to educational achievement adopted children can face.

Revised statutory guidance on Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 and updated Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance
From 31 August 2018 revised statutory guidance comes into effect, meaning schools will no longer be required to check whether an individual lives with someone who is disqualified from working with children under 8.   Schools will need to review their staffing policies and safer recruitment procedures to ensure they are in line with the changes and should not ask their staff questions about cautions or convictions of someone living or working in their household.

Working Together to Safeguard Children is the statutory guidance for safeguarding across sectors and has also been updated for 2018, setting out new requirements for improved partnerships to protect children.  North Tyneside is one of the Local Authorities included in 17 areas around the country known as ‘early adopters’ who will work with the National Children’s Bureau to implement new local safeguarding arrangements before they are established across the rest of the country.  The new safeguarding arrangements will replace existing Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

New report exploring the barriers to educational achievement facing adopted children
A new report, Bridging the Gap, written by adoptionUK, explores the barriers to educational achievement which can impact upon adopted and previously looked-after children. The report outlines that schools and policy makers need to focus on four gaps (understanding, empathy, resources and attainment) which adopted and previously looked-after children often face.