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Black History Month 2022 Lecture:

‘The War Babies of Black GIs and White British Women: racism, exclusion and the search for belonging’

Lucy Hopkins, Head of Practice

I recently attended a lecture as part of Black History Month facilitated by the University of Essex history department. The title was 'The War Babies of Black GIs and White British Women: racism, exclusion [...]

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Why I became an independent social worker

Czeslaw Polakowski tells Clare Jerrom why he became an Independent Social Worker and how being bilingual is beneficial in his chosen profession.

While becoming an Independent Social Worker after working in a local authority for many years can appear daunting or risky, it is a decision that experienced social worker Czeslaw Polakowski is very happy [...]

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Children no longer know how to play post-COVID resulting in inappropriate behaviour at school

Children’s inappropriate behaviour in schools is escalating in schools as young people no longer know how to play together, a headteacher has warned.

Paula Derwin, headteacher at Hazelmere Junior School in Colchester, said that following the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns where children spent months being taught at home and out of the school environment, [...]

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School behaviour management approaches do not take into account children’s mental health

Current responses to behaviour in school do not take into account young people and children's mental health problems, according to a survey.

Parents and children surveyed by the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition strongly agreed that behaviour is linked to young people’s mental health, but that current responses to behaviour in school do [...]

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Extending the school day would tackle childcare challenge, says children’s commissioner

Extending the school day would be a solution to childcare challenges facing parents, the children’s commissioner for England has proposed.

In Dame Rachel de Souza’s report on her vision for childcare, she says that making childcare manageable and affordable by providing an extended school day would ensure that children can be cared for on school [...]

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Why I don’t agree with celebrating Black History Month

Independent Social Worker Andrea Goddard, who has more than 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable children and families including 12 years frontline child protection work, outlines why she doesn't agree with Black History Month.


I don’t agree with celebrating Black History Month during October, because it should not be restricted to be celebrated in one [...]

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Council apologises to survivor of child sexual exploitation 30 years after abuse took place


This month we have heard in the news about another survivor of child sexual abuse and exploitation who has received a written apology from the Director of Children and Families at Leeds City Council as a result of a breach of their duty of care towards her whilst she was a looked after child placed [...]

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Increase in unaccompanied asylum seeking children placed in the care of local authorities


There has been much said in the news in recent weeks and months about asylum seeking children; the increase in the looked after children population due to the increase of children seeking asylum in the UK, the whereabouts of asylum seeking looked after children being unknown to local authorities, and the Home Office changing [...]

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Early Help: Care Review’s Josh MacAlister is executive chair of new body to help with early interventions for children and families


Following the Care Review published in May of this year, it’s lead, Josh MacAlister, has been appointed as executive chair of a new body currently being referred to as What Works for Early Intervention and Children’s Social Care, and will commence this role this month. The new body merges the Department for Education funded What [...]

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