Family Justice Council 12th Annual Debate: the use of covert recordings in family law

Family Justice Council 12th Annual Debate: the use of covert recordings in family law Transcript and podcast available The Family Justice Council held its 12th Annual Debate and panel discussion in Leeds on Monday, 3 December 2018. The topic for the debate was the use of covert recordings in family law. The motion read: 'Nothing... Continue Reading →

Pressures on children’s social care | National Audit Office

Extract Local authorities in England have statutory responsibility for protecting the welfare of children and delivering children’s social care. In extreme cases they may use their statutory powers to place children in need on protection plans or even take them into care. Local authorities are also responsible for delivering non-statutory services for all children and... Continue Reading →

Medway STC review criticises use of pain-inducing restraint on young people | Children & Young People Now

By Joe Lepper | Children & Young People Now | 22 January 2019 A serious case review (SCR) has criticised the use of pain-inducing physical restraint at Medway Secure Training Centre (STC), saying it increases the risk of young inmates being abused. John Drew, independent chair of the Medway Safeguarding Children Board, said he was... Continue Reading →

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 →

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