DfE threatened with judicial review over children’s social care ‘myth-busting’ document

A charity has threatened the Department for Education with legal action if it does not withdraw a ‘misleading’ document about how local authority duties towards vulnerable children can accommodate new working practices. Article 39, which was among the signatories of an open letter last September challenging the ‘myth-busting’ guide, wrote to the secretary of state... Continue Reading →

Reflection, recognition and reward | Martin Gray | ADCS

Martin Gray, Chair of the ADCS North East region, writes about celebrating the many achievements of staff in children's services. As we embark on what will undoubtedly be another extremely challenging year, it is more important than ever that we continue to recognise our role in using the power of reflection, recognition and reward as... Continue Reading →

Derby City Council: working with young people to support them ‘to get a life not a service’ | DfE

At Derby City Council we are testing a new innovative way of working with young people 16+ to support them improve their life pathway – ‘to get a life not a service’.  This involves testing an already established and successful approach within our adult social care system locally, to understand its transferability across the rest... Continue Reading →

Research in Practice | New open access briefing on the relationship between contextual, complex and transitional safeguarding

A new briefing note produced by the Contextual Safeguarding Network at the University of Bedfordshire, with Research in Practice and Rochdale Borough Council, outlines what is meant by the terms ‘complex safeguarding’, ‘contextual safeguarding’ and ‘transitional safeguarding’ and how these approaches overlap and complement each other. Read full piece at source: Research in Practice | New open access briefing... Continue Reading →

Ray Jones: ‘If councils lose accountability for children’s services then families will lose the help they need’

Ray Jones, social work academic and former director of social services in Wiltshire, has been nothing short of vocal about his concerns surrounding the increasing involvement of private companies in the delivery of social work and social care. Many share his view – almost 72,000 people signed three petitions in 2014 opposing government proposals to... Continue Reading →

Home education – important court ruling #safeguarding #humanrights

German parents whose four children were taken into care because they refused to send them to school did not have their human rights breached, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. Read full piece at source: Home education: Court rules against German Christian family

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