WillisPalmer launches Children’s Charter to support vulnerable children

Children who have suffered neglect and abuse during lockdown need identifying and providing with support as a matter of urgency as they return to school.

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Expert's Corner - Interview with Angela Frazer-Wicks

Clare Jerrom talks to Angela Frazer-Wicks about her experiences of the care system after her children were placed for adoption in 2004.

"Mummy," my five year old son said, "You'd better sit down."

He placed his tiny hands in mine and his big eyes looked up at my face. "After the visit next week, we won't [...]

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Interview with Cathy Ashley, chief executive of Family Rights Group

With the 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989 looming, Cathy Ashley discusses Family Rights Group (FRG); set to mark the occasion with a summer event to commemorate the principles and values behind the momentous legislation.

With the 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989 looming, Family Rights Group (FRG) is set to mark the [...]

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Thirty Years of the Children Act – Some Thoughts

Thirty Years of the Children Act – Some Thoughts:

A qualified social worker for 38yrs and a senior manager for the last 20. Over the last 10 years, I have worked mostly in authorities in intervention. I have chaired Improvement Boards and LSCBs and currently chairing the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements in Wiltshire. I am a [...]

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The efficacy of settlement conferences

Ann Chavasse, senior family law specialist with considerable High Court and Court of Appeal experience, on the fairness of settlement conferences.

The ALC commissioned research into the fairness and efficacy of settlement conferences (SCs) in public law cases.

This was a limited study involving interviews with 19 advocates involved in 61 settlement conferences in the initial five [...]

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Expert's Corner: Dr Anna Preston

Clinical psychologist Dr Anna Preston talks to Clare Jerrom about carrying out parenting assessments in an ethical, timely and multi-disciplinary way.

The benefit of having multi-agency meetings at the beginning of an assessment means families are not subjected to numerous assessments with multiple professionals over a lengthy time period while parenting abilities are established, which means [...]

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Rewarding? That description doesn't come close

Rewarding? That description doesn't come close.
In the latest in his series of blogs, foster carer, feature writer and photographer David Bocking talks about his experience fostering for Sheffield City Council.
When she arrived, our second foster baby was weak and pale and poorly. She had a viral infection along with severe feeding problems, [...]

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Covid Fund launched by charity to support vulnerable children


Buttle UK has established The COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund to support vulnerable children and young people adversely impacted by the recent COVID-19 crisis.

The charity is now working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver £2 million in National Lottery grants to support vulnerable children and young [...]

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Addiction services unable to cope as heavy drinking rises during COVID pandemic


Soaring numbers of people drinking riskily during the COVID-19 pandemic has left addiction services ill equipped to provide treatment and support, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.

The College’s new analysis of Public Health England’s latest data on the indirect effects of Covid-19 found that over 8.4 million people are now drinking at higher risk, [...]

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Families facing financial crisis during bleak winter ahead, warns charity


A ‘worrying new wave’ of families who were just about coping with the pressures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will be heading for financial crisis, Action for Children has warned.

With winter, the end of furlough and a possible second COVID outbreak looming, thousands of families, already struggling to feed and clothe their children, could be [...]

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