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Membership of Children’s Social Care National Implementation Board announced

The government has announced the members of the Children’s Social Care National Implementation Board as part of its initial response to the recommendations to the independent review, the report into the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson and the CMA report into the children’s social care market.

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted's chief inspector

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Anti-loo roll brigade: Taking on the panic buyers during lockdown

When Peter Dutch heard the news reports that people were panic buying and hoarding essentials during the first COVID lockdown in March 2020, he vowed to do something about it in his local community.

Peter Dutch (right), founder of ALB

His knee-jerk reaction was to set up a Facebook page: The Anti-Loo Roll Brigade with the [...]

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Making dreams come true for older people in Colchester

The Wishing Washing Line: If you had one wish, what would it be?

The Wishing Washing Line, Colchester

Meeting Michael Bolton. Cooking your own dinner in KFC. Having Butlers in the Buff round. Having a friend to knit with. These are all wishes from care home residents which have been granted by the Colchester community thanks [...]

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Emmaus Colchester: Providing stability for homeless people to regain their confidence and self-esteem

The Emmaus Community in Colchester offers homeless people a home for as long as they need it and the opportunity to gain new skills working within the social enterprise.

Established in 1999 by a team of trustees and volunteers who wanted to create an Emmaus community in the town, Emmaus Colchester offers people the stability [...]

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University of Essex campus: Supporting homeless people into work

Supporting the community starts very close to home for us at WillisPalmer. We are based on the University of Essex campus which runs the initiative to Change Please, a non-profit social enterprise that uses funds made from the sale of “life-changing” coffee to support people experiencing homelessness.

Change Please states that “every cup you buy [...]

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Colchester Foodbank – Helping local people in crisis

Colchester Foodbank is not only the busiest foodbank in Essex, but it was also the busiest in the East of England last year – and demand is still rising.

Colchester Foodbank was established in 2008 and open to the public in 2009 with it’s ‘raison d’etre’ being to prevent people in the community from suffering.

In [...]

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Mental health services for young people ‘buckling under pressure’


The system for supporting children and young people with mental health problems is “buckling under pressure”, the former children’s commissioner has warned.

Anne Longfield, chair Commission for Young Lives

The Commission on Young Lives, chaired by Anne Longfield, alongside the leading thinktank Centre for Mental Health, and the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition has [...]

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Cost- of-living crisis acts as barrier to abuse victims leaving perpetrators


The cost-of-living crisis is creating further barriers for victims of domestic abuse to leave the perpetrators, the charity Refuge has warned.

73% of Refuge’s frontline staff said that the cost-of-living crisis is increasing barriers to leaving a perpetrator, and some frontline workers report that women have returned to perpetrators as they cannot afford to live [...]

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Online grooming rises by 80% in four years


Online grooming crimes recorded by the police continue to rise and have jumped by more than 80% in four years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.

Record levels of online grooming were reached during the pandemic, and have not subsided and have in fact risen, meaning there may be a long-term increase in risk.

Sir [...]

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