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  • Family courts miss 26-week target
    Statistics released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that across England more than 2/3rds of court areas have failed to meet a target for…
    Thursday 25 September 2014
  • Labour to extend remit of YJB to under-21s
    Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan said that under labour the Youth Justice Board will be made responsible for young people up to the age of 21 as they believe this…
    Wednesday 24 September 2014
  • Devolve youth offending budgets please
    Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary emphasised Labours commitment to community-based policing stating that officers are better able to build relationships with young people and know what is happening in…
    Tuesday 23 September 2014
  • RCM call for maternity services to engage fathers
    Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives has asked for a major reform of maternity services to ensure that fathers are encouraged to play a bigger role…
    Tuesday 23 September 2014
  • DWP stats on Troubled families
    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has published the first official statistics on benefits and employment for individuals and households on the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)…
    Tuesday 23 September 2014
  • Schools failing to deliver on free childcare places
    The Department for Education’s Childcare and early years providers survey 2013/14, as been published today. It shows that only 6% of primary schools with nursery and reception classes currently offer funded…
    Monday 22 September 2014
  • More powers to monitor post-16 education outcomes asks Ofsted
    Ofsted is to call on the government to give local authorities legal powers to obtain data from schools and training providers on the number of young people dropping out of…
    Monday 22 September 2014
  • Teaching schools key to tackling attainment gap of poor white children
    In its response to the education select committee’s Underachievement in Education by White Working Class Children report, the government has said it is essential that schools and education professionals work together to narrow…
    Monday 22 September 2014
  • Fear of criticism putting reviewers off SCR work
    Interviews with senior child protection practitioners taking part in Department for Education-funded training on leading SCRs, found that fear of producing a “bad” report and being publicly criticised as a…
    Friday 19 September 2014
  • County councils call for 'devolution' to boost children's services
    County councils should be given five-year finance settlements and more power over budgets as part of a “devolution” package that would help improve children’s services according to the County Council Network (CCN)…
    Friday 19 September 2014
  • Ofsted to inspect councils on child sexual exploitation
    A group of 8 local authorities will face a thematic review by Ofsted on the way they deal with child sexual exploitation (CSE). They will take place at authorities already…
    Friday 19 September 2014
  • ADCS want multi-agency inspections proposals to be axed
    The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has spoken out against proposals to ‘integrate’ inspections “lack credibility” and highlight how “disunited” the individual inspectorates are. Proposals were published in…
    Friday 19 September 2014
  • Phase 2 of the Troubled Families Programme - Evidencing Your Business Case FREE Webinar
    Interface are running a FREE Webinar on Phase 2 of the Troubled Families Programme - Evidencing Your Business Case on 23rd October 4pm-4.45pm aimed at all strategic and managerial partners…
    Friday 19 September 2014
  • 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