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Martin Narey among new recruits to advise children’s commissioner

Children’s commissioner Ann Longfield has appointed a number of high-profile figures in social care, the government and the media to provide her office with strategic advice.

Government advisor Martin Narey, former Association of Directors of Children’s Services president, Alison O'Sullivan, Behaviour and Insight leader, David Halpern and BBC Children's Chief, Alice Webb are the new recruits [...]

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DfE announces commissioner for Reading

Education secretary announces children’s commissioner at Reading Council following ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating

The secretary of state for education has appointed a commissioner at reading Council after its children’s services were rated inadequate by Ofsted.

The inspection of Reading Council was carried out in May-June this year and the final report published in August slammed the “serious, persistent [...]

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Two councils outline deep cuts to children's centres

Two local authorities have outlined plans to cut millions of pounds from their children's centres budgets.

Leicester City Council has proposed cuts to the range of services delivered in its 23 children's centres in a bid to save £4m. There will also be "significant" cuts to staff numbers.

Kirklees Council has also published plans to cut its [...]

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No FGM prosecutions made in 30 years

No successful prosecutions against perpetrators of Female Genital Mutilation have been made in the 30 years since it has been made illegal, it has emerged.

The Home Affairs Select Committee slammed the “lamentable record” as “beyond belief” saying it said would deter those brave enough to step forward and report this horrendous crime.

Interim chair of [...]

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Why Jo Brand is making a comedy about social workers

A preview of Damned, the social work comedy from Jo Brand, which is set to air this month

Photo: Channel 4

It’s a new day in children’s services at Elm Heath Council – the fictional setting for Jo Brand’s new sitcom Damned.

For senior social worker Al (Alan Davies), the first challenge is to get [...]

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Munby highlights shortage of secure accommodation placements in England

Shortage is forcing English local authorities to place young people in Scottish placements but care orders cannot be legally enforced north of the border, Sir Munby finds

A shortage of secure accommodation in England is forcing local authorities to place young people in provision in Scotland under care orders that cannot be legally enforced.

Sir James Munby [...]

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YoungMinds calls for funding to provide wellbeing and mental health support in schools

18/10/2020

More than 60 per cent of young people with mental health have found their mental health worsening since they have returned to school, according to a survey by YoungMinds.

A survey of 2,011 11-18 year olds with a history of mental health needs for the children and young people’s mental health charity found that only 27% [...]

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Young people at heart of Scottish Government’s mental health plan amid COVID-19

14/10/2020

Children and young people are the focus of a new plan in Scotland to help tackle the psychological impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new plan, which builds on innovations and new service designs that have emerged in response to the pandemic, such as the ‘Clear Your Head’ campaign, the expansion of digital services [...]

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Scottish government must invest in family support without delay, say charities

14/10/2020

Children’s charities in Scotland are urging the Scottish government to invest in family support immediately after years of austerity has impacted on vulnerable families.

A report by the charities, ‘Challenges from the Frontline – Revisited,’ highlights the devastating impact of the rollout of welfare reform on children and their families and the effects of local government [...]

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