There are some big child safeguarding headlines, this week as reported by the LGIU. It appears there is a lot we still have to do to uncover the depths of child abuse and exploitation that exist in the UK alone…
Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned of “potentially high numbers of pupils” disappearing from school registers in Birmingham and Tower Hamlets in east London. Sir Michael said this “serious safeguarding issue” emerged as inspectors made follow-up visits after the so-called Trojan Horse inquiries. The chief inspector said it was unclear where some pupils had gone next. The Ofsted chief had warned there was a lack of robustness in identifying why pupils had been taken off school registers or their next destination – making it difficult to know if they could be at risk from “extremist ideologies” including female genital mutilation or radicalisation. In some cases he said there were “generic” descriptions, such as “moved abroad” or “gone to live with grandparents” – or in one case “gone back to Libya”. There are also pupils who are thought to have been moved to unregistered schools. The Department for Education said: “The safety of young people in our schools is paramount and we will be taking immediate steps to strengthen our guidance to schools on safeguarding and to amend the current regulations about the information schools collect when a pupil is taken off the register.”
Health services in Rotherham still have a “lack of understanding” about who should be dealing with child abuse, a new report has said. Sue McMillan, of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said communication between different parts of the health service was a clear problem. The Jay Report, published in 2014, found 1,400 children in the town had been abused over a 16-year period. Ms McMillan said “there was still a lot to be done” almost a year on. “Health services in Rotherham have responded to concerns in relation to child sexual exploitation,” but more progress was needed, said Ms McMillan, the watchdog’s deputy chief inspector.
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