Research and analysis: Secure placements for children: how local authorities use them

A report about children placed in secure accommodation on ‘welfare’ grounds, in order to prevent them from harming themselves or others.

It examines how local authorities use secure accommodation and discusses:

  • the purpose of secure care
  • the decision-making process when placing a child
  • alternative forms of local authority provision
  • whether more evidence is needed on secure accommodation and how this could be collected

Statement to Parliament: School revenue funding settlement for 2017 to 2018

Today I am announcing details of schools revenue funding for 2017-18. This announcement includes the dedicated schools grant (DSG), the education services grant (ESG) transitional grant and the pupil premium.

The distribution of the DSG to local authorities will continue to be set out in 3 spending blocks for each authority: a schools block, a high needs block and an early years block.

The schools block has been allocated on the basis of the schools block units of funding announced in the Secretary of State’s statement to the House on 21 July 2016. To protect schools from significant budget reductions, we will continue with a minimum funding guarantee that ensures no school loses more than 1.5% per pupil in its 2017-18 budget (excluding sixth form funding and ESG) compared to 2016-17, and before the pupil premium is added.

We have been able to provide an additional £130 million for the DSG high needs block. The high needs block supports provision for pupils and students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), up to the age of 25, and alternative provision for pupils who cannot receive their education in schools.

The DSG early years block comprises funding for the 15 hours entitlement for 3- and 4-year-olds: the additional 15 hours for 3- and 4-year-old children of eligible working parents from September 2017; participation funding for 2-year-olds from the most disadvantaged backgrounds; the early years pupil premium; and the disability access fund. The provisional allocations for this block were announced in the Secretary of State’s statement of 1 December 2016.

The ESG transitional grant for local authorities will be set at a financial year rate of £66 per pupil and paid for the period April to August 2017. We will also continue to provide a protection to limit the reduction of academies’ budgets as a result of the ending of ESG from September 2017.

The pupil premium per pupil amounts for 2017-18 will be protected at the current rates, which are:

Pupils Per pupil rate
Disadvantaged pupils: primary £1,320
Disadvantaged pupils: secondary £935
Pupil premium plus: looked-after children (LAC) and those adopted from care or who leave care under a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (formally known as a residence order) £1,900
Service children £300

A looked-after child is defined in the Children Act 1989 as one who is in the care if, or provided accommodation by, and English or Welsh local authority.

Pupil premium allocations for financial year 2017-18 will be published in June 2017 following the receipt of pupil number data from the spring 2017 schools and alternative provision censuses.

Details of these arrangements have been published on GOV.UK.

Impact assessment: Social work assessment and accreditation system: impact assessment

An assessment of the impact a national assessment and accreditation system for child and family social workers will have on groups of people with relevant protected characteristics.

The relevant protected characteristics, identified in the Equality Act 2010, include:

  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex and sexual orientation

Our child and family social work reform plan and a report on the ‘Assessment and accreditation proof of concept’ are also available.

Open consultation: Social work: national assessment and accreditation system

We invite views on:

  • a future career pathway for child and family social workers
  • the place of a national assessment and accreditation system in that pathway

The national assessment and accreditation system will introduce a new practice-focused methodology to establish the knowledge and skills that child and family social workers need for statutory child and family social work.