Restricting children’s liberty – Are we heading for new disasters?

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in secure children’s homes for a number of reasons: some local authorities being forced to close their homes because of a lack of welfare referrals; the publication by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES )of Research Report No 749 Qualitative Study: The Use by Local Authorities … Read more

News Views – Sept 06

A mixture of news items, future events, sales pitches, comments and whimsies, including ACAL, smacking, teenage pregnancies, reporting on Ofsted, shoes, brains, obesity and tennis. Smacking Children Are Unbeatable has been carrying out another campaign to keep their aim of obliterating smacking in the forefront of MPs’ minds. This time it’s been an Early Day … Read more

Do parents and teachers have the right to information which may protect children?

I am a parent, a teacher, a qualified therapist and a child protection specialist. I worked for ChildLine* in its early days; I have also worked with Michelle Elliott at Kidscape*.  I have many years’ experience of the devastation which sexual abuse can wreak on a surviving child-victim and their family but I can only … Read more

Child Protection Case Conferences – Or Kangaro Courts?

Are Child Protection Conferences lawful proceedings?  Charles Pragnell argues that there are serious concerns regarding their legal basis and the procedures and processes involved and whether they are conducted in a just and fair manner in accordance with the principles of natural justice. The statistics published by the Department of Education and Skills indicate that … Read more

Liverpool Schools Think Cans with Novelis Recycling

School children in Liverpool have been learning all about recycling, thanks to an innovative initiative from Novelis, the world’s leading aluminium can recycler. Novelis has developed Think Cans, a range of resources designed for use in schools to enable teachers to integrate recycling within the main subject areas of the curriculum, and in so doing … Read more