Safeguarding: council developments

In the light of recent independent reviews of safeguarding and child protection (Laming and Munro), the Local Government (LG) Group commissioned NFER to capture Local Authority (LA) approaches to developing safeguarding practices in a changing policy landscape. Telephone interviews were conducted with a small number of senior officers (tiers 1-3) in five LAs. Interviewees were asked to provide feedback on what they perceived to be key developments in safeguarding practices in their LA during the last two years (post Laming). This report provides localised accounts of practice implementation and, where possible, evidence of outcomes.

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Impact: NFER's research news for schools
Issue 6 is now available to download from the website. Articles in this issue include:

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Police officers in schools: a scoping study
In recognition of the growing role of police officers in schools, the NFER funded a scoping study of practice in this area which explored the range of ways that police are working with schools, the impacts of this kind of work, the challenges experienced and the key ingredients for success. Read the report or executive summary, or watch slides and listen to a presentation given by the authors in a webinar.
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Evaluation of the National Youth Agency (NYA) Engagement Network
The aims of the evaluation were to explore the experiences of LAs of implementing activities and identify impacts, outcomes, challenges and effective practice in engaging young people to influence and shape local NEET provision.
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NYA Engagement Network: effective practice guide
The guide is based on the National Youth Agency (NYA) Engagement Network research, which was commissioned and funded by the LG Group.
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Exploring young people's views on science education
This report draws together research commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to provide a deeper understanding of young people’s attitudes to science education, particularly regarding the value young people place on science education, as well as the key factors determining their continued engagement with formal and informal science education.
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Developing school counselling services for children and young people in Wales
This NFER publication provides an overview of the development of schools counselling to help school leaders and practitioners to develop the services in their institutions. This is in the context of the rights-based approach adopted by the Welsh Government in relation to all policies concerning children and young people.
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Information sources for the local children and young people's service sector: a mapping study
The LG Group commissioned NFER to carry out a mapping study to inform the development of its online information, advice, guidance and data offer to local authorities. To achieve this, NFER carried out interviews with 10 local government officers and 2 elected members working within children and young people's services from 10 local authorities (LAs) in England. We also searched for and reviewed key online information sources.
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The impact of Creative Partnerships on attainment and attendance in 2008-9 and 2009-10
Creative Partnerships is the Government's creative learning programme, designed to develop the skills of young people across England, raising their aspirations and achievements, and opening up more opportunities for their futures. This research presents findings from the 2011 study to explore the evidence of the programme's impact on young people’s attainment and attendance.
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Local authorities' perceptions of how parents and young people with special educational needs will be affected by the 2011 Green Paper
The drive to further support and improve outcomes for parents and young people is the focus of the 2011 DfE Green Paper on special educational needs (SEN) and Disability. Its proposals have a strong emphasis on local decision making and autonomy and reflect the government’s localism agenda. In the light of these ongoing developments and their implications the Local Government (LG) Group commissioned NFER to capture LA perspectives of how the parents of children and young people with SEN and of Learners with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LLDD) will be affected by the Green Paper.
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Views of young people with special educational needs and their parents on residential education
This report explores families' experiences of residential education for young people with SEN or a disability, and their views on the placement process. The research was one of three projects looking at issues relating to young people with SEN or disabilities.
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Young people with special educational needs/learning difficulties and disabilities: research into planning for adult life and services
This research aims to shed light on how young people with SEN or LLDD have been prepared for adult life and adult services, and how planning for this transition might be improved. The research looks at policy and practice in six local authorities, through interviews with 49 professionals, parents and young people.
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