Future of early help ‘under serious threat’ | Children & Young People Now #SGP6

Services supporting families at an early stage in order to prevent child safeguarding issues are "under serious threat", due to pressure on budgets as a result of rapidly rising numbers of children at risk of serious harm, and short-term funding arrangements, children's services leaders have warned. The Association of Directors of Children's Services annual Safeguarding... Continue Reading →

‘Outstanding’ council issues blunt warning over impact of proposed cuts | Children & Young People Now

A council rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted is planning to make cuts totaling £3.7m to its children's services but has warned the move is likely to mean more children are taken into care. East Sussex County Council has delivered the warning as the council considers council-wide funding reductions, including cuts to programmes aimed at avoiding... Continue Reading →

Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water | Isabelle Trowler

This policy briefing highlights the findings from an exploratory study of care proceedings in 4 local authorities across England. The study found that the vast majority of decisions taken to initiate care proceedings were certainly reasonable but the question is whether or not they were always necessary. The study found that the difficulties facing families... Continue Reading →

Children’s Commissioner demands clarity on councils’ duties

By: Dominic Brady 10 Sep 18 In Public Finance Thousands of children could miss out on care unless the government clarifies what councils must legally provide as they cut services, the Children’s Commissioner has told Public Finance. With some councils stripping services to a bare minimum, Anne Longfield has warned they might not fully understand their statutory... Continue Reading →

Westminster Hall Debate on findings of the Care Crisis Review House of Commons – 5 September 2018

The increase in care applications highlighted by the Care Crisis review is alarming. However, it must be set within the wider context of rising demand and pressure across the children’s social care system, which illustrates the growing number of children and families who now rely on state support. Read at source: Westminster Hall Debate on findings... Continue Reading →

Social media response to joint letter to Minister over so-called ‘Myth busting’ guide

Joint letter to the Minister and the list of signatories Firstly NIROMP wishes to give recognition and thanks to Article 39 and their legal advisors for analysing and responding to this government document, which was published without consultation. Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39 co-ordinated the joint letter with 50 signatories including NIROMP. She said: “It... Continue Reading →

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