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  • Faster court process cuts residential parenting assessments
    The Department for Education-commissioned research into the use of residential assessments has found that the Children and Families Act 26-week time limit for care proceedings is already reducing the use…
    Tuesday 22 July 2014
  • Sam Gyimah – new childcare minister
    Conservative MP Sam Gyimah has been confirmed as the government minister responsible for childcare and early years. Confirmation of his brief comes almost a week after he was appointed as…
    Tuesday 22 July 2014
  • Child mental health taskforce
    A government taskforce will be set up to look at overhauling the way CAMHS is commissioned. They will want to ensure that young people are offered the most appropriate care,…
    Monday 21 July 2014
  • Ofsted states that weak is leadership undermining pupil premium
    A recent Ofsted report is the latest to question how money from the government's flagship £2.5bn programme is being used. The The Pupil Premium: an update report report looked at…
    Monday 21 July 2014
  • Knowledge gap ‘threatens care proceedings targets’
    A survey by the Victoria Climbié Foundation (VCF) suggests that Social workers will struggle to meet Children and Families Act commitments to reduce the length of care proceedings, They surveyed…
    Monday 21 July 2014
  • Councils failing to share new birth data with children's centres
    A Children’s Society report The Right Start, found that 37% of councils do not inform children’s centres about new births in their area. A key factor cited as to the…
    Monday 21 July 2014
  • Nicky Morgan to be new education secretary and minister for women
    Nicky Morgan is a member of Parliament for Loughborough since 2004 and today has rapidly risen to become the education sectary after only last October becoming economic secretary to the Treasury…
    Wednesday 16 July 2014
  • Michael Gove removed from education secretary role
    Mr Gove has been removed from the cabinet and instead will now become 'minister for TV’. Mr Gove's removal was welcomed by teaching unions with Christine Blower, General Secretary of…
    Tuesday 15 July 2014
  • Wilshaw warning to LAs on 'relevance' to improve school standards
    Wilshaw has warned that some councils appeared to have “thrown in the towel” in being proactive over driving up local education standards because of a belief they can no longer…
    Tuesday 15 July 2014
  • Better mental health commissioning for young people needed
    Dr Sue Bailey former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has stated that commissioning of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) is too driven by what providers offer…
    Tuesday 15 July 2014
  • Threat to accountability due to £200m education funding cut
    Council leaders have warned that government plans to cut school budgets by £200m will damage councils’ ability to hold schools to account and help those that are struggling to improve,…
    Friday 11 July 2014
  • Child-on-child sexual abuse reports on the rise
    Figures collated by the NSPCC show that in 2013/14 the number of under-18s accused of sexual offences against other children have increased by 9%. The NSPCC said the data revealed…
    Friday 11 July 2014
  • GPs need to increase their early intervention, safeguarding and child support role
    A recent report The GP’s role in responding to child maltreatment suggest that says family doctors should play a greater role in the care and support of vulnerable families. It…
    Friday 11 July 2014
  • Universal credit – roll out
    The roll out of Universal Credit is gathering momentum with roll out to more areas and changes to eligibility.

In addition to the original pathfinder sites of Tameside, Wigan, Warrington and…
    Friday 11 July 2014
  • Lives of 53,000 troubled families' turned around
    Councils have been praised for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in little over 2 years. Speaking at the Local Government Association annual conference in Bournemouth today…
    Thursday 10 July 2014
  • Pickles praise for troubled families programme
    Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhain McDonagh questioned the impact of temporary accommodation on troubled families. She said: 'In my part of south London and, I am sure, in…
    Wednesday 09 July 2014
  • £2m adoption support trials
    Ten local authorities will get a slice of £2m in government funding to trial new methods of support for adopted children. The trial phase is intended to help decide how…
    Wednesday 09 July 2014
  • Centre for Social Justice show failings in support for vulnerable children
    The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) have released research Enough is Enough, into the cases of 20 vulnerable children who have received little or no social care or mental health intervention had…
    Tuesday 01 July 2014
  • Profit-making firms stopped from delivering child protection
    Only non-profit organisations will be allowed to deliver child protection services under  government plans to give councils more freedom in the way they work with vulnerable children. Only not-for-profit organisations,…
    Tuesday 01 July 2014
  • One in six authorities face multi-agency inspections
    Up to 25 local authorities will be judged on their multi-agency child protection arrangements under new inspections being introduced in April 2015.  Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), Her…
    Tuesday 01 July 2014