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  • Louise Casey to conduct inspection of children's services in Rotherham
    Louise Casey, the head of the government's Troubled Families unit, is to conduct an independent inspection of children's services in Rotherhamcouncil in the wake of the child abuse scandal. Casey is being asked not…
    Thursday 11 September 2014
  • Foster care separates a third of siblings, research shows
    More than 3,500 children have been separated from their siblings in a single year as a result of being placed in foster care according to statistics gathered by Action for Children.…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • NSPCC find adults keen to act on child abuse but fear making a mistake
    NSPCC found that while most people seemed determined to act if they thought a neighbour's child was being abused or neglected 62% would be concerned about reporting it because they…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • Child protection IT system set for launch
    The Department of Health (DH) has confirmed that the Child Protection Information Sharing (CPIS) system  - an IT system that will help child protection and health professionals share information about…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • £3.4bn spent on children in care
     The Audit Commission have found that the cost of supporting children in care has reached £3.4bn with a 12% rise from 2010 to 2013. The briefing highlights “significant variation” in…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • Lib Dems would triple early years premium
    Schools minister David Laws has advised that the liberal democrats want the new early years pupil premium to be more than tripled in the next parliament stating that this would…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • Early Years Foundation Stage Framework
    A revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory framework comes into force on 1 September 2014.   The framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • One in five child deaths in England could be prevented, according to reports in The Lancet.
    In a series of three reports looking at child deaths in high-income countries, researchers from Warwick University found that around 5,000 children die each year, with 15- to 17-year-olds having the highest…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • DfE launch Early years guide to the 0 to 25 SEND code of practice
    The DfE have launched a guide for early years providers in the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors that are funded by the local authority. The guide is designed to…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • Councils 'need time' to deliver SEN reforms
    From 1 September, a new system for assessing the needs of children and young people with SEN and disabilities and putting in place the provision for meeting them was introduced.…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • Number of police officers in schools declines amid safety concerns
    Police have been based in schools on either a full-time or part-time basis since 2002 as part of the Safer School Partnerships (SSP) initiative introduced by the previous Labour government…
    Monday 08 September 2014
  • The data issue for Phase 2 of Troubled Families programme
    Local authorities have long been asking for greater flexibility in the payment-by-results programme arguing that the existing criteria did not meet local needs. Now they have what they were asking…
    Friday 05 September 2014
  • Councils face £26m shortfall in free school meals pledge
    A survey by the Local Government Association (LGA) of around 75 councils found the government’s £150m funding package to carry out necessary improvements to primary school kitchens is not enough and that…
    Wednesday 20 August 2014
  • Prime Minister’s commitment to Family Life
    Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled a range of measures focused on supporting family life, including the introduction of a ‘family test’ to examine the impact of government policies on family…
    Tuesday 19 August 2014
  • Troubled Families scheme extended
    Communities secretary Eric Pickles has announced details of an expansion to the government’s Troubled Families programme, including working with pre-school children. Work will begin this year in 51 local authority…
    Tuesday 19 August 2014
  • MP Sam Gyimah new role to support children's mental health services
    Childcare minister Sam Gyimah will have responsibility for strengthening Department for Education links with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The move comes a month after the government announced…
    Tuesday 19 August 2014
  • New school league tables
    Head teachers in England want to publish their own school league tables that will include information on things such as music and sport as well as exam results. This would…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Young people warn against opening up family courts
    A study by the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) exploring the degree to which children and young people have a right to…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • 'Mistaken beliefs' on information sharing hold back safeguarding work
    The Home Office have published a report about multi-agency information sharing models. The models, the most common of which is referred to as a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), aim to…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014
  • Early years apprentice framework adds GCSE requirements
    Entry standards for the new early years apprenticeship will require applicants to hold English and maths GCSE grades A* to C. Skills for Care said interim entry requirements will take…
    Wednesday 13 August 2014