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One in five childrens social workers unaware of Children and Families Act changes

A report conducted by the Victoria Climbié Foundation finds one in five childrens social workers unaware of Children and Families Act changes sweeping reforms to the adoption system.

Almost a fifth of social workers are still not aware of the changes brought in by the passing of the Children and Families Act into law four months [...]

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Stark ‘home truths’ on state of residential child care...

Sector is “under-estimated, under-valued and under-funded", warns the Independent Children's Homes Association

A culture of “anti-residential feeling” must be challenged if children’s homes are to survive, a damning new report has warned.

The report, published by the Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA), claimed the residential child care sector is far too often attacked by others, especially [...]

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Sam Gyimah confirmed as childcare minister

Conservative MP Sam Gyimah has been confirmed as the government minister responsible for childcare and early years. Gyimah has been a Conservative MP for East Surrey since May 2010.

Gyimah has been a Conservative MP for East Surrey since May 2010. Picture: UK Parliament

 

Gyimah, who represents the constituency of East Surrey, announced the [...]

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Average duration of care proceedings in Jan-March 2014 was 33 weeks

The Cafcass Annual Report and Accounts 2013/14 demonstrates the progress that has been made in reducing the duration of care proceedings to a 26 weeks target. The report states that in the last quarter of the year, eight out of 40 Designated Family Judge (DFJ) areas were already completing applications in less than the 26 [...]

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In 2013/14 almost 20,000 more parents went to court....

In 2013/14 almost 20,000 more parents went to court without a lawyer, according to government figures released as a consequence of a Freedom of Information request. The rise in unrepresented parents contesting child contact and residence cases follows the withdrawal of legal aid from family lawyers in April 2013 for most private family law matters. [...]

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All looked-after children should have right to stay in care until 21...

All looked-after young people should have the right to stay in care until they are 21, while using bed and breakfast accommodation to house care leavers should be banned. No young adults should be forced to leave care before 21 and only be provided with regulated accommodation, says education committee

These are [...]

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More than 400,000 children live in 'toxic trio' households

20/08/2018

More than 400,000 children live in 'toxic trio' households: read the full story below

There are 420,000 children in England living in a household with an adult experiencing all three ‘toxic trio’ issues - domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental ill health to a moderate/severe extent, analysis has found.

Research carried out for the Office of [...]

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More than 400,000 children live in 'toxic trio' households

20/08/2018

More than 400,000 children live in 'toxic trio' households: read the full story below
There are 420,000 children in England living in a household with an adult experiencing all three ‘toxic trio’ issues - domestic abuse, parental substance misuse and mental ill health to a moderate/severe extent, analysis has found.
Research carried out for the [...]

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Lancashire makes significant improvements and moves out of 'inadequate' rating

17/08/2018

'Significant improvements' have been made at Lancashire children's services, Ofsted has said.

Inspectors highlighted that leaders can now demonstrate that they know their services well and this insight has led to some significant improvements and children's services are no longer inadequate.

"From a very slow start, the past six months in Lancashire have seen a much-needed injection [...]

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