The Welsh Assembly had a debate on safeguarding children in Pembrokeshire following the Dylan Seabridge case.
Local Safeguarding Children Boards are now chaired by people who are independent of the local authority. This is to correct problems which arose in the past from having the Director of Children’s Services chairing the board which was meant to hold the authority to account.
However, the Chair is only required for 2-3 days a month, so Chairs can pick up more than one board and this this gives some individuals a great deal of influence. Several Boards are currently advertising for an Independent Chair. The typical day rate is £600. As far as I can make out, between them, 32 Independent Chairs are responsible for 75 Boards, with 9 chairing 3 Boards each and 1 chairing 4 Boards.
Does this small world have an impact on who is commissioned to write Serious Case Reviews?
A parliamentary debate about regulating out of school settings took place in Westminster Hall on January 20th 2016.
Points to note: far more MPs than the usual Westminster Hall debate; concerted backbench opposition from the Government’s own party; and rare cross-party agreement from Labour, the DUP, and the SNP, mainly united by a faith background.
Home educators may be interested in some of the arguments put forward which have parallels with home education registration and monitoring. Continue reading
Some time around January 23rd 2016 the NSPCC revised its web page about learning lessons from serious case reviews where children are not educated in school.
My first reaction is that the latest change is an improvement.
These last two inspections published on January 20th 2016 bring the total to 18 since the new guidance on home education was issued to inspectors in April 2015. Read about the previous inspections here https://edyourself.wordpress.com/2016/01/07/ofsted-new-guidance-home-education-inspections/ Continue reading