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Government launches new national adoption strategy

The Department for Education has launched a new adoption strategy aimed at improving recruitment of adoptive parents and allowing them to be matched with children from any ethic group

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Commission urges government to learn lessons from Sure Start as Family Hub roll out gains speed

The Social Mobility Commission has called on the government to learn from the Sure Start children’s centre initiative as Family Hubs are launched across the country

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New study shows spending on early help services for vulnerable children has been cut in half

Research by the Children’s Services Funding Alliance has provided more evidence highlighting the demise of the children’s social care system

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New study shows attainment gap has widened by a quarter during pandemic

Analysis published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) indicates the attainment gap between disadvantaged and advantaged children has grown by up to 25% over the past 2 years

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Research indicates adopted children are facing a mental health emergency

A new study by Adoption UK suggests system failings are causing a mental health crisis for adopted children

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Anti-knife crime charity launches plans to expand services to reach more young people

Redthread has announced plans to reach victims of knife-crime outside of hospital settings

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Call for measures to prioritise support for the mental health needs and employment prospects of young people

A new report from Michael Marmot has called for support for children and young people to be prioritised in Covid 19 recovery plans

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New report shows that young people are not getting the mental health support they need

Mental health charity, MIND, has launched a report suggesting young people’s education is being damaged as they are unable to access good mental health support

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New pilot scheme to give Councils powers for decision making on trafficked children

The Home Office has announced a new pilot programme which will allow Councils to decide upon a child’s status as a victim of trafficking

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Care Review publishes first report laying out the case for key reforms to the children's social care system

New report calls for major reform of and investment in support for vulnerable children and families in England, describing the current system as financially strained and risk-averse.

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