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 →

Care leavers in higher education: how many are there and why does it matter?

Do care leavers enter higher education with the same propensity as other young people? Neil Harrison explains why the data we currently use to answer this question are flawed, and how they can skew policymaking in this area. Read full piece at source: Care leavers in higher education: how many are there and why does it... 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

Children’s care cash crisis: nine in 10 councils pushed into the red | LGA

Severe funding shortages for social services that protect vulnerable children have pushed nearly nine in 10 councils into the red, new analysis by the LGA reveals today, prompting warnings that funding for children’s care is now in a country-wide crisis. New figures show that a total of 133 out of 152 councils (88 per cent)... Continue Reading →

DfE faces legal action over ‘misleading’ safeguarding guidance | Children & Young People Now

The Department for Education could face legal action for publishing guidance that might lead local authorities to break laws protecting vulnerable children, a charity has claimed. Read full piece at source: DfE faces legal action over 'misleading' safeguarding guidance | Children & Young People Now

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