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The Power of 'Motivational Interviewing'

Motivational Interviewing continues to be one of the most popular skills based courses we offer and is proved to be extremely successful as it works so well with our complex young people and families to bring about behaviour change.

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Continued Success for Level 4 - Working with Children, Individuals & Families

The first course in 5 years which accurately meets the needs of the workforce who are dealing with vulnerable children, individuals and families. First introduced in 2016 and now one of the most relevant qualifications within its field.

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Family Hubs: The Future of Children’s Centres

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Children’s Centres have undertaken an inquiry into the future... read more...

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Brand New Level 4 Training!

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Level 4 training programme - Working with vulnerable children, individuals and families.

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Level 4 Working with Parents (Intense support for families with complex needs) Training – Warrington

Level 4 Working with Parents (Intense support for families with complex needs) Training – Warrington

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Health chief asks for urgent action on child obesity

We do not have sufficient high-quality information about what is happening to the health of our children...read more...

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Adolescent on parent violence

Children as young as seven have been investigated by police for allegedly attacking their parents...read more...

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Remove IRO role from councils ask young people

A consultation event organised by the Who Cares? Trust found overwhelming support from young people to see the role of Independent Reviewing Officer role taken out of council control...read more

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Government to force councils to merge adoption services

Powers requiring councils to combine their adoption functions will be included in a Schools and Adoption Bill...read more...

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1/5 families struggle to buy food, campaigners warn

One in five families are struggling to provide their children with basic food and heating ...read more...

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Welsh government increased funding for CAMHS

The Welsh government has boosted funding for child and adolescent mental health services...read more...

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Call for 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in a planned referendum on EU membership

The chair of the British Youth Council has called on the government to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote...read more...

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Internet guide for parents

An internet safety guide has been launched to support parents...read more...

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More free schools

Government drive to establish 500 more free schools... read more...

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Charity seeks 5 year on Neets

It is “essential” that the government creates a five-year plan to help young people navigate their journey from school...read more...

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Fall in number of first-time young offenders

The number of young people convicted for an offence for the first time is continuing to fall...read more...

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Council boss hits out at government over Ofsted grading

Politicians blaming social workers for challenges facing children’s social care has made it difficult for councils to fill vacancies...read more...

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‘Fundamental’ review of Ofsted early years inspections needed

A strong early years sector needs a robust, reliable inspection framework...read more...

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Fast-track 30-hour childcare pledge

The government is to fast-track legislation to double free universal childcare entitlement...read more

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Youth justice system failing vulnerable girls

Youth justice agencies are failing to give vulnerable girls the support they need...read more...

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Numbers in youth custody rise again

The numbers of young people in custody has increased again...read more...

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£44m for CSE projects

Projects designed to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE) will benefit from close to £1m in Big Lottery Fund...read more...

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Reduction in Early Help and Increase in Care Applications

Cuts to children’s early help services could see a fall in the level of prevention work...read more

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Dental neglect – lack of confidence

A study reveals that dentists lack confidence to raise concerns about neglect...read more...

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Councils’ cost cutting ‘jeopardises foster placements’

A report by the NAFP states that some councils are forcing foster carers to apply for (SGOs)... read more...

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Youth sector demands legislation to protect services

A proposed young people and youth service bill to the House of Commons...

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Ofsted praise care leaver support scheme

Inspectors praised a project designed to improve care leaver support...read more...

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Young carers to get more support from schools

As part of a project jointly managed by the Carers Trust and The Children's Society, called the Young Carers in Schools Programme, schools will be able to sign up to receive guidance and tips on how to support young carers...

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West Sussex announce ‘Academy for social work team’

West Sussex County Council has announced an overhaul of its social work team, including the creation of an “academy” to support new recruits and prevent burnout...

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Better safeguarding leads to reduction in violent injuries

Injuries to children and young people recorded by health services in England and Wales fell 18% in 2014 according to research by Cardiff University...

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Youth workers witness surge in mental health problems

UK Youth, state that they are increasingly hearing concerns about young people's mental health being raised in youth work settings...

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Youth sector fails to prove value

Carey Oppenheim, chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), says youth work is struggling to overcome the “evidence challenge” of proving to government and council commissioners that its work can improve young people’s lives...

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Youth offending teams concerned about young offenders transition protocol

Association of YOT Managers chair Gareth Jones is concerned that the attempts to improve transfer of cases from youth to adult services will fail... Read more...

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Payment-by-results project for young offenders

Payment-by-results will be used as part of a five-year programme to improve resettlement support for young people leaving custody. Read more...

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ADCS president O'Sullivan to champion Staying Put extension

The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has vowed to make the extension of support rights for children in residential care a key goal of her time in office.

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Call for youth group collaboration to increase influence

Collaboration should include more sharing of staff and expertise to help the sector as a whole. This would also help youth groups make local lobbying of MPs and councils more focused and effective.

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Royal colleges issue guide to improve healthcare for looked-after children

The guidance suggests that that named doctors for looked-after children are allocated at least four hours per week to handle a caseload of 400 children in care. Also each specialist nurse should have a caseload of 100 looked-after children.

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Better safeguarding work leads to fall in violent injuries

The report notes that the rate of decline of violence against children and young people is almost double fall in injuries caused by violent attacks overall.

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School transition project set for launch

Early years providers are to develop closer working with primary schools in in North Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire with an initiative developed by Pacey (the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years).

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Care applications hit seven-year high

Latest figures for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show a total of 1,066 care applications were received...Read more

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Early help experts urge public services to be ‘preventer of problems'

A report ‘One Hundred Days For Early Action’ from Community Links-led group Early Action Task Force argues that political parties have so far failed to effectively promote the importance of intervening earlier to support families and children.

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Concerns over effectiveness of young carer regulations

The DfE has published its response to a consultation around regulatory change on support for young carers outlining changes to ensure councils put young carers at “the heart of the assessment process”. Councils should also have a whole-family approach to supporting young carers and their sick or disabled relatives.

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Children's services leaders call for big changes to Ofsted inspection system

A joint policy paper published by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and council chief executive’s group Solace, recommends Ofsted’s single inspection framework is “stood down” because it is “no longer fit for purpose” as it fails to assess the involvement of other agencies and places too great a burden on departments.

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Relocated young gang members are at greater risk of re-offending

Recent research found that young gang members who were relocated were particularly vulnerable to feelings of isolation and more prone to drifting back into criminal activity.

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YOTs to take on young offender curfew monitoring

Councils will not receive extra money when they take over responsibility for youth offender curfew monitoring in two months' time.

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CAMHS cuts blamed for rise in pupils with mental health problems

Survey from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers shows nine out of 10 schools or colleges have had to provide more support to pupils with mental health problems over past two years.

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New report by the EIF on what works to enhance the quality of parent-child interactions from conception to age 5

Early years are crucial years – the parent or primary caregiver is the most important part of a child’s environment and they are best placed to support the optimal development of their child during this period.

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Charity criticises academy exclusion practices

Academies have been criticised for having an “alarmingly higher” rate of pupil exclusions than state schools and for failing to reinstate pupils on appeal.

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Troubled Families programme delivers substantial savings

The Troubled Families programme has demonstrated that it has delivered savings of more than double the amount spent on turning around the lives of families with complex problems.

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MPs tell Ofsted to reinspect all councils on CSE

OFSTED was heavily criticised by the communities and local government select committee for failing to detect large-scale child sexual exploitation and they have been told to reinspect all councils in England to make sure work to tackle child sexual exploitation is up to scratch.

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Concerns over effectiveness of young carer regulations

The DfE has published its response to a consultation around regulatory change on support for young carers outlining changes to ensure councils put young carers at “the heart of the assessment process”. Councils should also have a whole-family approach to supporting young carers and their sick or disabled relatives.

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Children’s mental health to benefit from £1.25bn investment – budget news

The Chancellor announced further details of how the £1.25bn of extra investment in mental health services for children and young people planned over the next five years will be spent.

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Successful results from 2 schemes to cut custody use

The custody pathfinder pilots demonstrated that youth custody levels were cut by around 40%r cent in areas piloting a government scheme offering councils cash to find alternatives to prison. They helped ensure young people did not miss appointments and so risk going back to jail.

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Early years groups criticise plans to promote school-based childcare

Early years groups have said that government moves to make schools publish details of their own childcare provision alongside their academic results is an attempt to prioritise school-based early education over that provided by the private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector.

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Benefit cap criticised by judges

The Supreme Court has criticised the government’s benefit cap for depriving children of the “basic necessities of life” but has ruled out overturning the policy.

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Third of LAs to receive innovation funding

DfE director Graham Archer has revealed that 45 of 152 LAs have been awarded a total of £59.4m, to be handed out over five instalments across 2015.

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National parenting support programme

There should be national co-ordination of parenting support with local authorities playing a more active role in evaluating provision in their area, a parliamentary inquiry has concluded.

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MPs call for compulsory sex education in primary schools

MPs have stated that age-appropriate personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education, which includes sex and relationships education (SRE) should be introduced as compulsory subjects in all state primary and secondary schools.

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'Councils still failing to properly tackle CSE'

According to a critical report by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England (OCC), councils and police forces are failing to face up to the realities of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

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Charity condemns exclusion practices in academies

Academies have been challenged for their “alarmingly higher” rate of pupil exclusions compared to state schools and for failing to reinstate pupils on appeal.

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Call to boycott testing of four-year-olds

Schools are being encouraged to boycott new tests for children entering reception classes.

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Hackney innovation scheme to distract young people from gangs

Teenagers in Hackney vulnerable to gang crime and child sexual exploitation (CSE) are to benefit from £1.97m worth of children’s social care innovation fund money.

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ADCS supports early intervention drive for next government

The next government must take action to ensure that savings from early intervention work are reinvested into children’s services, according to the Association of Directors of Children’s services (ADCS).

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Three-quarters of children's services departments 'not good enough'

Over the past year, less than a quarter of local authority children's departments inspected by Ofsted were found to be issuing effective social care services.

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Children to get say in family court proceedings

Children aged 10 or over who are involved in any type of family case, whether it be care proceedings or disputes about child arrangements following divorce or separation, will be able to have their views heard when decisions are made that will affect them.

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Call for government to offer better lifestyle advice to tackle childhood obesity

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on A Fit and Healthy Childhood has put forward 100 recommendations for improving the health and wellbeing of children, many focused on stopping the rise in the number of overweight children.

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Prioritise free childcare for disadvantaged children, say peers

A House of Lords Committee on Affordable Childcare is calling for a radical rethink in childcare funding to ensure disadvantaged children are prioritised.

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ADCS criticises academies for refusing to take on new pupils

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) argues that too many academies are refusing to take pupils that move into their local area, saying it would not be cost effective for them.

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More innovation funding announced

Three more projects have been awarded a total of £2.9m from the Department for Education’s £100m innovation fund.

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Gang prevention work needs to start in primary school

A report into gangs and youth crime by the Commons home affairs committee says anti-gang prevention work in all schools, including primary schools, needs to be increased to reflect that "children as young as seven are at risk of gang involvement".

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Children's services joint inspections start soon

Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation have announced that “short, sharp, targeted” joint inspections of children’s services will start later in the year.

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Hospital youth work scheme set for London-wide expansion

An award-winning service that places specialist youth workers in hospital emergency departments in an effort to tackle gang violence is to be expanded across London. The initiative, set up a decade ago by south London youth charity Redthread at King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill, will now be extended to all four major trauma centres in London following a £600,000 grant awarded by the Mayor of London's office.

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Fears over release force some young people back to crime

A report - How Young People Cope With Release states that young people released from custody are struggling to cope with outside life to such an extent that some prefer to reoffend so they can be sent back inside.

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Early Years Pupil Premium: Guidance for Providers

The Department for Education has published a model form and letter to help providers of early years education identify which children are eligible for the early years pupil premium.

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Baby Steps Evaluation

The NSPCC has been running a new antenatal programme for vulnerable parents called Baby Steps, which aims to support mothers and fathers during pregnancy and in the weeks after birth.

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Teaser information drop for our 2015 annual conference!

An official announcement of the title and subject matter of our 2015 annual conference on 25th June...

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Councils receive funding to promote early years premium

From April, early years providers delivering free hours to disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds will be able to share £50m in EYPP funding. The DfE expect councils to use the money on work such as telling local providers about the premium and upgrading IT systems.

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Call to boost protection for older teenagers

Research by The Children's Society has found that teenagers aged 16 and 17 are the most at risk of abuse and neglect than any other age group but get the least protection.

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Early support cuts blamed for rise in mental health hospital admissions

Cuts to early help services have been blamed for a dramatic increase in the number of visits to hospital emergency departments by young people in mental health crisis.

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Specialist substance misuse family court set for expansion

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) initiative is to be expanded across five more areas (Coventry, Kent and Medway, Plymouth, Torbay and Exeter, and West Yorkshire) after a £2.5m investment through the government’s Children's Social Care Innovation Fund.

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Government to fast-track legislation for mandatory FGM reporting

The government intends to change the law to make reporting suspected cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) mandatory prior to May’s general election.

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Rotherham continues to fail vulnerable children

Rotherham Council is continuing to fail to protect vulnerable children and young people from harm, nearly six months after the scale of child sexual exploitation in the town emerged according to Louise Casey who was asked to conduct an investigation into Rotherham.

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Ofsted tells two further authorities to improve children's services

Both Halton Borough Council, in the north west, and Hull City Council, in East Yorkshire, were given a “requires improvement” grading after being inspected in November.

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Schools to link up with nurseries to improve standards

More than 60 teaching schools across the country will partner up with local nurseries in an effort to improve the quality of early years education for young children.

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LGA say post-16 study failings cost £800m

Figures provided by the Local Government Association (LGA) show that more than £800m of education money is being “wasted” by schools and colleges because of poor advice being given to students about post-16 study options.

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Benefits outstrip costs of investing in CAMHS

A report by the Centre for Mental Health concludes that investing in services and therapies for children and young people with mental health problems can deliver financial savings and benefits more than 30-times greater than the cost of providing them.

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DfE support adopter 'buddy' scheme

People who are keen to adopt will be able to “buddy up” with existing adopters who will mentor them as part of an initiative being backed with £500,000 of government money.

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FGM initiative and family support schemes receive innovation funding

A project that aims to end the practice of female genital mutilation within a generation has been provided £2m through the government's Children's Social Care Innovation Programme.

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Ban on using cells for children in mental health crisis

A Commons home affairs committee report on mental health illness within the criminal justice system is highly critical of the continued use of police cells for children and young people experiencing a mental health crisis and lack of available alternative places of safety.

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Ofsted urge LAs to tackle extremism in schools

Sir Michael Wilshaw told MPs at the education select committee session that councils must have a role overseeing academies in order to prevent further cases of extremism in schools from occurring.

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MPs warn of Academy safeguarding confusion

MPs have warned that pupil safety is being put at risk due to confusion over safeguarding arrangements for academies.

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Over-16s are not sufficiently tracked by councils, say MPs

MPs have urged that councils need to strengthen tracking 16 to 18-year-olds through education, employment and training.

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Hertfordshire Council shake-up of children's services introduces advanced psychological counselling training

Social workers in Hertfordshire will be trained in advanced psychological counselling techniques in new cutting-edge project.

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Tougher Ofsted inspections reveal visible fall in children's services ratings in 3 out of 4 councils

Over half of children’s services departments assessed under Ofsted’s single inspection framework have been rated in the bottom two grades, with nearly half inspected so far seeing a fall in their judgement compared with previous performance.

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Think-tank criticises councils over care support 'failings'

Local authorities need to “step up” the support they offer to looked-after children and care leavers, according to a report Finding Their Feet from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).

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DfE names councils to trial early years pupil premium

Seven local authorities are to test new arrangements for providing additional support to disadvantaged three- and four-year-olds in early education.

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Joint-working improvements to tackle CSE say police

Simon Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk Police and the Association of Chief Police Officer’s lead on child protection and abuse investigations, said that failures to share information and work together are hindering attempts by police and children’s social services to tackle child sexual exploitation.

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Half of sibling groups in the care system live apart

Family Rights Group (FRG) is calling for local authorities to do more to keep sibling groups taken into care together, after they discovered that half are being separated.

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Early years heavyweights back campaign against baseline tests

Several influential early years figures are among more than 2,000 people to sign a petition against plans to introduce new testing arrangements for children in reception classes.

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£11m of DfE innovation funding given to 4 areas

Four children’s services initiatives have been awarded a total of £11m from the Department for Education’s Innovation Fund.

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LGA urges Ofsted to overhaul children services inspections

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that Ofsted’s current arrangements for inspecting children’s services paint an unfair picture of a local authority area’s efforts to protect vulnerable children, only assessing council performance and failing to consider the contribution of other agencies.

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ADCS defends social workers over safeguarding assessments

Children’s services leaders have defended council child protection teams over suggestions they are not investigating safeguarding concerns raised by schools quickly enough.

A survey of head teachers found nearly one in five said social work assessments of children referred by schools to local authorities as a result of safeguarding concerns were not being completed within recommended timescales.

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No evidence academies improve children's outcomes' - MPs

In its Academies and Free Schools inquiry report, the education select committee recommends that the government should “stop exaggerating” the success of the academies programme unless it has clear evidence to prove its impact which it currently does not have.

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Poor families with young children 'hit hardest' by government reforms

Research by the London School of Economics (LSE), Manchester University and York University found that poverty has increased since the coalition government came to power in 2010, and predicted it will get worse in the next five years.

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Government puts rocket boosters under plans to get troubled families back to work

Plans announced to do more to get some of England’s hardest to help families back to work.

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Councils need to tap into school early help funding

Alison O'Sullivan, currently ADCS vice-president said that local authorities could work more collaboratively with schools in order to deliver early intervention services.

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Directors of children's services (DCSs) face a fight to protect their role.

Ahead of his appointment as ADCS vice president Dave Hill, (Essex County Council) said the tipping point, whereby there are fewer "pure" DCSs than twin hatters has been reached.



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London Ventures - a new model for local government designed to transform the delivery of public services.

See an article on this interesting new model for local government, designed to transform the delivery of public services.

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New year, new website!

To welcome 2015 in style we have created and launched this brand new website! We are very excited about the new features it presents to our viewers and clients. Read more about its benefits in this article.

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New Webinar series

2014 saw the exciting launch of our Webinar programme and it was a great success. Now we are pleased to announce our series for the first quarter of 2015...

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Radical proposal to remove Ofsted from early years inspections

In its The Ofsted Problem report, training provider The Childcare Company puts forward a radical proposal to remove Ofsted from the early years programme suggesting this could lead to an improved and more accurate inspection process, according to a new report.

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New school mental health measures

Education minister Sam Gyimah announced a series of measures to improve mental health support and education in schools.

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Councils see rise in child abuse contacts

A study by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) found that numbers of calls to councils about the safety and wellbeing of children have increased by nearly 12% cent in a single year.

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Practitioners back joint health and early years reviews

A study by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) of five areas piloting health checks and early years progress when a child reaches 24 to 30 months, found that joint assessment of young children’s health and developmental needs improves information sharing by staff and ensures early help is put in place as well as being effective in identifying hard-to-reach children and engaging their parents in services.

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Need for Troubled Families Programme to work with early years

"The Troubled Families programme needs to work with early years practitioners and organisations", according to our Early Years Lead Maureen Longley.

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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.

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Child protection systems failing older 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 a range of measures to improve services for looked-after children and those with greatest needs.

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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 organisations to find "innovative" solutions to local problems.

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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 children it still tends to be “unidentified and not communicated” by health professionals.

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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 to gain approved practitioner status.

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£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.

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