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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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Dame Esther Rantzen and Rt Hon Andrew McFarlane to address conference

The national conference 'Wisdom from Failure: A Kaleidoscope on Child Protection', which will examine the themes and patterns in the history of failure in child protection in the UK and look at the opportunities to learn from them, will be jointly chaired by Dame Esther Rantzen and Sir Andrew McFarlane.

Dame Esther Rantzen

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A multi-disciplinary national child protection conference

A fantastic conference with a difference aimed at professionals in the children’s services sector is being held on 18 May 2018 in London.

‘Wisdom from Failure: A Kaleidoscope on Child Protection’ sets itself aside from other national child protection conferences as the speakers range from a plethora of professions and backgrounds including adult survivors, barristers, [...]

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Blog: Harriet Janetta on driving Service Improvement

WillisPalmer’s Head of Operations, Harriet Janetta says social workers are the organisation’s greatest asset when turning a service around.

Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of working within a number of local authorities where they have been rated as inadequate within their Ofsted inspection. I was employed to help improve [...]

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Pace of change at Tameside ‘too slow’

The pace of change and improvement remains too slow at Tameside, Ofsted has warned.

In the third monitoring visit since the local authority was judged inadequate in December 2016, inspectors saw that priorities had been translated into a 12-week plan.

“This has not led to strong coordination of service improvement or consistent frontline practice. As a result, [...]

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Government announces mental health training for teachers

Every secondary school teacher will be offered mental health training by 2020, the government has confirmed.

The training, which was first mooted by the Prime Minister in January, will be delivered by the social enterprise organisation Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. Backed by £200,000 in government funding during the first year, Mental [...]

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Mental health reforms announced by prime minister

The prime minister has announced a package of measures aimed at tackling mental health problems.

Speaking at the annual Charity Commission lecture, Theresa May unveiled a comprehensive package of reforms designed to improve mental health support at every stage of a person’s life – with an emphasis on early intervention for children and young people.

Ms [...]

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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 been [...]

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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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