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  • SEND reforms – initial analysis
    Initial analysis suggests that reforms to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) support system have helped to make the assessment process more family friendly, but has so far failed…
    Saturday 20 December 2014
  • Education provision to double for those in youth Custody
    Hundreds of under-18s in custody will spend double the amount of time in the classroom after the government announced four new contracts for education provision in young offender institutions (YOIs).…
    Saturday 20 December 2014
  • Call for review of special guardianship orders
    The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has called for a review of special guardianship orders (SGOs) due to concerns of a dramatic rise in numbers being granted (1,290…
    Saturday 20 December 2014
  • Professionals admit to social care knowledge gap
    A survey of 233 social care practitioners, carried out as part of a one year on progress report on the rights and entitlements of children in care and care leavers…
    Saturday 20 December 2014
  • Councils ‘fail to protect young homeless people’
    A study by Coram Voice, which involved a review of case notes for 40 homeless children and young people supported by the charity found that children are being left at risk…
    Saturday 20 December 2014
  • Careers advice body for schools
    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced that the Department for Education is to establish a careers advice company in a bid to improve the quality of guidance services in schools…
    Thursday 11 December 2014
  • Childhood Sexual Exploitation learning from case reviews
    A review by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) of its contributions to 28 serious case reviews (SCRs) between August 2013 and September 2014 highlights the…
    Thursday 11 December 2014
  • Early Years Pupil Premium FAQ
    4Children Early Years Team have provided a Q&A to answer the most common questions about the Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) which have been raised following the publication of the…
    Thursday 11 December 2014
  • Schools need to teach budgeting and parenting skills MPs say
    A report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on hunger and food poverty is calling for the skills to be made a statutory requirement of personal, social and health education…
    Monday 08 December 2014
  • Recognise tooth decay as neglect
    A research report on child neglect by the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre, says that while recognition of untreated dental disease as an indicator of broader child neglect is improving, in young…
    Friday 05 December 2014
  • £150m eating disorder fund to focus on prevention
    The government is to invest £150m in community-based eating disorder services for children and young people over the next five years. This will help pay for the introduction of new…
    Friday 05 December 2014
  • CSE responsibilities added to social workers’ skills test
    Consideration of child sexual exploitation (CSE) as a possible form of abuse has been added to the  draft of the skills new children’s social workers will be expected to display…
    Friday 05 December 2014
  • DCLG to fund community role in delivering children's services
    The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is to fund around 25 local authorities to develop new ways to deliver services at neighbourhood level, working with local people and…
    Friday 05 December 2014
  • Three Early Intervention Pioneering Places awarded extra funding
    Three local authorities have been awarded £7.6m of government funding to deliver early intervention projects for young children and their families. Croydon, Essex and Newcastle will use additional funding from…
    Wednesday 03 December 2014
  • Our next key event: Exploring the Early Years Landscape - 3rd December - Book Now!
    Exploring the Early Years Landscape – Workshop and Discussion Day Wednesday 3rd December at the Deafblind UK Conference Centre in Peterborough This key event will be focused on the current…
    Wednesday 03 December 2014
  • £5bn fund needed to back local service transformation
    A call from the Service Transformation Challenge Panel has been made for a single £5bn fund to support radical change to public service delivery. The report said government funding for…
    Thursday 27 November 2014
  • New school mental health measures
    Education minister Sam Gyimah announced a series of measures to improve mental health support and education in schools. He has confirmed that he will work with the PSHE Association to build…
    Thursday 27 November 2014
  • Request for national outcomes framework for looked-after children
    A joint study by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), and the Children’s Services Development Group (CSDG), which represents children’s services providers, states that a national outcomes framework should be developed as one of…
    Thursday 27 November 2014
  • Child protection systems failing older children
    A report by Research In Practice states that existing child protection systems are failing to meet the complex needs of adolescents. That Difficult Age: Developing a More Effective Response to…
    Thursday 27 November 2014
  • Social workers 'lack confidence' in dealing with child sexual abuse
    A report by the NSPCC found that many social workers lack confidence in working with children affected by sexual abuse due to a lack of access to training and managerial support.  They found varying…
    Wednesday 26 November 2014