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Extend Staying Put rights to children's homes, say MPs

Staying Put legislation should be extended into children’s homes as part of sweeping changes needed to improve post-16 support for looked-after young people, MPs have said.

The education select committee has concluded that allowing looked-after children the right to remain in their care placement until the age of 21 is "inequitable" as it only applies to [...]

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Child sexual abuse costs UK economy £3bn per year, finds NSPCC

Child sexual abuse costs the UK economy more than £3bn every year, according to new research published by the NSPCC. Charity hopes awareness of 'multi-billion pound problem' will help start a dialogue with government over preventative care.

In the first study of its kind, the charity found costs to the labour market – through victims’ [...]

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Failing care services to be put in special measures

Model to improve failing NHS trusts will be extended to social care. Failing care services to be put in special measures

Failing care services will be tackled through the same special measures used to improve poor-performing hospitals, health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today.

The system of special measures, introduced in 11 NHS Trusts following the Mid-Staffordshire hospital [...]

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Nicky Morgan appointed Education Secretary...

Nicky Morgan has been appointed Secretary of State for Education as part of a surprisingly sweeping Cabinet reshuffle that has seen a number of children’s sector ministerial posts change hands. Morgan is a trained solicitor and has been Conservative MP for Loughborough since May 2010.

The former Treasury minister takes over from Michael Gove, who is [...]

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Cameron's Cabinet Shake Up. Mr Gove has left his job

Mr Gove has left his job as education secretary after four years. He will become Chief Whip in the House of Commons, responsible for party discipline. Downing Street said he would also have an "enhanced role in campaigning and doing broadcast media interviews".

Cabinet ministers staying in their jobs

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
Home Secretary Theresa [...]

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ADCS president defends ‘crap students’ comment after apologising for his language

Continuing on from his previous comments last week Alan Wood defended the sentiment that social work has a problem with quality while addressing the 2014 ADCS conference.

Hackney children’s director Alan Wood has revealed he stands by the controversial comments he made about social work [...]

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700 children a day are at risk of domestic abuse


Almost 700 children are at risk of domestic violence every day, analysis by children's charity Action for Children has found.
Based on official figures from the Department for Education, the analysis finds that more than 25,000 children will be at risk of domestic abuse during the General Election period alone.
As many cases go unreported, [...]

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Level of NEET young people at highest rate in three years


The levels of young people not in employment, education or training is the highest level in three years, according to Office for National Statistics figures.
There were 800,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 years in the UK who were not in education, employment or training in July to September 2019, the figures reveal. [...]

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LGA urges investment in children's services


The Local Government Association has urged the next government to invest in children's services to ensure local authorities can fulfill the ambitions of The Children Act 1989.
Marking the 30th anniversary of the 1989 legislation, the LGA called for children's services to be fully funded, alongside investment in the wider breadth of services which provide [...]

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