Review of children in need

The government has been reviewing support for children in need to understand what action is needed to make a difference in education. 

The review’s final publication, Help, protection, education: concluding the children in need review summarises the learning, outlines the government's conclusions and commits them to taking action following the review to improve the educational outcomes of children who have needed a social worker.

In his statement, Damien Hinds, Secretary of State (pictured right) said "Every child deserves the chance to fulfil their potential and achieve the best educational outcomes possible, whatever their background, whatever their path. Yet adversity in childhood diminishes that chance, putting at a disadvantage those who have needed children’s social care to provide them with help and protection."

The evidence through the review has highlighted where renewed action by Government should start:

  • promoting visibility and recognition, not only for the purposes of safeguarding but in education;
  • keeping children in school, making sure that this is a protective factor against abuse, neglect and exploitation;
  • raising aspiration to expect more and better for these children, in the belief that they can succeed; and, finally,
  • supporting schools to support children themselves – recognising how far adversity in childhood has lasting consequences for attendance, learning, behaviour, and mental health.

You can also read the interim report on the review online Improving the educational outcomes of children in need of help and protection: interim findings


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