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Health, education and welfare systems ‘failing vulnerable young people’

The national welfare, health, education and housing systems are failing the most vulnerable young people, said the founder of the organisation tasked with running the first secure school.

The Sentencing Bill White Paper from the Ministry of Justice commits the government to opening the first secure school, which will replace a youth jail, in Kent in [...]

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

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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WillisPalmer is recruiting new professionals

WillisPalmer has appointed a new Consultant Social Worker Lucy Hopkins whose main focus with us will be recruiting new professionals to add to our already skilled and expert network of 300 plus professionals.

Lucy has 11 years post-qualifying experience and worked in child protection and family support at Essex Council before becoming a family court adviser [...]

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

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

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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Lifestyle judgements made about prospective adopters need to stop, says Williamson

“Too many lifestyle judgements” are made on potential adopters resulting in too few adoptive parents to go around, the education secretary has warned.

Gavin Williamson said that an overly bureaucratic system that places too high a burden on parents who want to adopt is making it harder for people who want to give a child a [...]

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Chancellor reveals one year Spending Review to focus on response to Covid

22/10/2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak

The chancellor has announced that he will conduct a one-year Spending Review in order to concentrate on the government’s response to COVID-19.

The chancellor and the prime minister have decided to conduct a one-year Spending Review, setting department’s resource and capital budgets for 2021-22, and Devolved Administration’s block grants for the same period. The [...]

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Spending Review needs to restore lost £1.7 billion in early help funding for councils

21/10/2020

Local authorities are preparing for a surge in demand for children’s services after many children ‘disappeared’ from view during the lockdown restrictions introduced in a bid to try and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Local Government Association said councils are bracing themselves for a rise in referrals for support that would have normally [...]

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Children’s services were struggling financially before Covid, warns leading charities

21/10/2020
Javid Khan, CEO Barnardo's

Local authorities had to spend an additional £136 million on children’s social care between March and July, it has emerged.

New analysis from five leading children’s charities, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, NCB and the NSPCC, submitted to the Treasury, reveals that even before the pandemic hit these services were facing [...]

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