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World Mental Health Day: Young People’s mental health services must be transformed

The legacy of COVID combined with the cost-of-living crisis will be a tsunami of mental health problems emerging across the country among children and young people unless systems are put in place to ensure that people with mental ill health get the right support at the right time.

As we mark World Mental Health Day, [...]

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Research launched into experiences of kinship carers from ethnic minorities

The charity Kinship is to lead major new research on the experiences of kinship families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, it has been announced during Kinship Care Week.

During the week Monday 3rd to Friday 7th October there has been celebration for the amazing role that kinship carers across England and Wales play [...]

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“Not enough being done” to ensure children are safe online

The children’s commissioner for England has said that she is “simply not satisfied” that enough is being done to keep children safe online.

Dame Rachel de Souza

Dame Rachel de Souza’s comments were made after it emerged in an inquest into Molly Russell’s death that unsafe online content contributed "in a more than minimal way" to [...]

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Family support encouraged as deprivation of liberty cases involving children soar

There have been 237 applications to the national deprivation of liberty (DoLs) court in the first two months of its operation seeking authorisation to deprive children of their liberty – 101 applications in July and 136 in August.

The President of the Family Division launched the DoLs court based at the Royal Courts of [...]

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How to become an Independent Family Support Worker

Family support is an integral part of what we do at WillisPalmer as it enables families to stay together where it is safe to do so. Not only is this better for the children and families who get support in their parenting skills and communication and enables them to deal more effectively with short-term [...]

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Sixty Second Interview with Andrea Goddard

Independent Social Worker Andrea Goddard has more than 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable children and families including 12 years frontline child protection work.

What three words best describe you?

Thoughtful, disciplined, snowflake.

If you were stuck on a desert island, and could take one person and one object, who and what would they be?

My Kevin, with [...]

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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 children and young people’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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