Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
This profile provides a snapshot of child health in Islington. Compiled by Public Health England and published in June 2015 it found the health and wellbeing of children in Islington was mixed compared with the rest of the country.
There is no one definition of a vulnerable child. The Department for Education define ‘vulnerable groups’ as ‘disadvantaged groups’, whilst Ofsted term vulnerable children among those who may need additional support or intervention in order to make optimum progress. There are obvious safeguarding and child protection connotations to the term.
This Needs Assessment explores a range of factors that can make children vulnerable. In each case, it shows how many Islington children are or may be affected, and explores the potential impact each factor may have on the child’s life. The Needs Assessment also looks at the services in place to ensure that vulnerable children are protected and supported to ensure they are safe.
The Early Intervention and Prevention Strategy for 2015-2025 is the Council's 10-year approach to support how we work together in Islington to make early intervention and prevention our core business so that we:
• build resilience in children, young people, parents, carers and the community so that they become more self-sustaining;
• enable the impact of our investment on the lives of our children, young people and families to be seen and felt;
• continue to evaluate, develop and review how we commission for and deliver early intervention and prevention;
• make wise spending decisions and reduce duplication and costs to achieve long-term savings to society and public services
In Islington, there is a wide range of education and day care for under fives including nurseries, playgroups, childminders and primary school nursery classes. You can get part-time and full-time places at nurseries. Playgroups are usually part time only although some operate core day, 9.30am to 3.30pm. Full-time day care hours are 8am to 6pm.
Some nurseries will only take children over two years old, so ensure you check the age range on the nursery list if you have a child under two.
Childminders look after children in the childminder’s own home. Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, registers and inspects them. Childminders are self employed and services, fees and opening times vary.
Childcare on Domestic Premises is Ofsted registered childcare based in a home where four or more carers look after children at the same time. It’s a small nursery operating on domestic premises.
The listis updated at least every four weeks and the link for it can be found at the foot of the page here. All childminders and childcare on domestic premises on the vacancy list are registered with Ofsted.
The Safer Islington Partnership (SIP), led by the Council and formed of the police, partners in health, London Fire Brigade, the Probation Service, and representatives from the voluntary, community, faith, and business sectors, is committed to tackling all forms of VAWG and alleviating its effects on survivors. The VAWG Strategy sets out our commitment to doing this. The strategy also outlines the actions we will be taking to improve our coordinated response to all the crime types included in the VAWG definition.
The number of Londoners living in poverty has seen little change over the last few years and remains at around 2.2 million people, or 28 per cent of all those living in the region, averaged over three years 2010/11-2012/13.
Around 300,000 children in Inner London are living in poverty, with a further 400,000 in Outer London. The Inner London child poverty rate remains significantly higher than for any other region, at 45 per cent.
A Fair Chance in Life for All', the Children and Families Strategy, describes a clear long-term vision of what Islington should look like for children and their families in the future, enabling services and organisations to shape what they will do to assist with this. It outlines the areas that the Children and Families Board feel that they can work together on to improve the life chances of children and young people. The Strategy supports the ongoing development of the Trust and the increasing need to bring partners together under common goals at a time when commissioning and service provision may be the responsibility of partners such as schools, GPs, the private sector and individuals themselves.