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  • Our next key event: Exploring the Early Years Landscape - 3rd December - Book Now!
    Exploring the Early Years Landscape – Workshop and Discussion Day Wednesday 3rd December at the Deafblind UK Conference Centre in Peterborough This key event will be focused on the current…
    Wednesday 03 December 2014
  • Social workers 'lack confidence' in dealing with child sexual abuse
    A report by the NSPCC found that many social workers lack confidence in working with children affected by sexual abuse due to a lack of access to training and managerial support.  They found varying…
    Wednesday 26 November 2014
  • ACPO call for more support to keep vulnerable children out of justice system
    Olivia Pinkney, the Association of Chief Police Officers' (ACPO) lead for children and young people has stated that more needs to be done to keep children in care out of…
    Wednesday 26 November 2014
  • 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…
    Tuesday 25 November 2014
  • Review of YOTs
    The government has announced that it will review youth offending teams (YOT) and how they work. Youth justice minister Andrew Selous said the review will look at how YOTs meet…
    Thursday 20 November 2014
  • 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…
    Thursday 20 November 2014
  • 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…
    Thursday 20 November 2014
  • Child sexual exploitation 'widespread'
    A report by MPs from the communities and local government committee has concluded that organised child sexual exploitation (CSE) is widespread across England and LAs need to ensure they fully…
    Thursday 20 November 2014
  • New research highlights increasing safeguarding pressures
    The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) today publishes the latest version of its Safeguarding Pressures research to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the formation of the role…
    Tuesday 18 November 2014
  • Longfield confirmed as next children's commissioner
    Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced Longfield’s appointment after the education select committee published a report supporting her candidacy for the post. During the committee hearing on Tuesday, she told MPs that one…
    Saturday 15 November 2014
  • Clarification of criteria for serious case reviews
    Guidance on serious case reviews (SCRs) is to be clarified in a bid to address reluctance among local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) to initiate them. Children’s minister Edward Timpson said…
    Saturday 15 November 2014
  • Social care role for children's centres
    The charity 4Children is urging all political parties to support its call to turn children’s centres into Children and Family Hubs, extending their reach to all children and young people…
    Thursday 13 November 2014
  • Courts hold up government adoption drive
    Latest government figures show that the number of court orders granted so that children can be adopted – known as placement orders – have more than halved in just nine months which…
    Monday 10 November 2014
  • Councils needing to top up 'insufficient' government childcare funding
    The Local Government Association state that Local authorities are being forced to top up insufficient government funding in order to secure high-quality childcare places for disadvantaged children and it calls…
    Monday 10 November 2014
  • New social worker standards
    A new set of professional standards for all levels of children’s social workers is to be introduced by the government next year. The standards will see the creation of three…
    Monday 10 November 2014
  • MPs criticise children's mental health system
    A report published by the health select committee concludes the problems with CAMHS are “broad” and run right through the system, from community-based early intervention to inpatient care, including a…
    Monday 10 November 2014
  • 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. In a detailed article for NurseryWorld she describes how…
    Wednesday 05 November 2014
  • ADCS calls for Ofsted workforce shake-up
    ADCS president Alan Wood wants Ofsted social care inspectors to have current experience of working in children's services if it is to boost confidence in its judgments "If their last…
    Tuesday 04 November 2014
  • New social worker standards
    A new set of professional standards for all levels of children’s social workers is to be introduced by the government next year. The standards will see the creation of three…
    Tuesday 04 November 2014
  • Family Policy – to be tested with five questions
    Proposed government policies will be checked against five questions to see if they are family friendly as part of efforts to strengthen support for families. Policies that fail the test…
    Tuesday 04 November 2014