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 →

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 →

Tips for social workers on cultural competence | Community Care Inform

This article comprises of excerpts taken from a research review on Community Care Inform Children about cultural competence. The review was recently updated by Prospera Tedam, assistant professor in social work at United Arab Emirates University. Subscribers can read the full review, which includes models for culturally competent social work practice, on Inform Children. Culture... Continue Reading →

Care Leaver Covenant – raising aspirations #readywhenyouare

The Covenant, run by Spectra First, is part of the government’s ambition to improve care leavers’ outcomes so they go on to lead happy and successful lives. The pledges on offer include work placements with organisations such as Liverpool FC Foundation, the Science Museum Group and Rolls-Royce to help them get their first step into... Continue Reading →

Serious Case Review draws attention to the requirement for culturally competent and anti- oppressive practice in safeguarding children

A recently published Serious Case Review investigation by Newham local safeguarding children board identifies a number of opportunities to learn from the tragic death of Chris, a 14 year old victim of exploitation. The review points to a particular need to address culturally competent and anti-oppressive practice linked to the approach taken to assessment, analysis, planning, intervention... Continue Reading →

More than 120 national organisations accuse Government of ‘ignoring children’

Source: National Children's Bureau There is compelling evidence that the services and support that children rely on are at breaking point. NCB is proud to be part of a group of 120+ organisations calling for the Government to act swiftly to put children at the heart of its spending decisions. Supporters include teaching unions, children's charities,... Continue Reading →


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