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

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 Tips for social workers on cultural competence | Community Care Inform

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 Care Leaver Covenant – raising aspirations #readywhenyouare

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

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

Safeguarding pressures research

ADCS President Stuart Gallimore writes about the many pressures LAs face ahead of Safeguarding Pressures Phase 6 research due to be published next month. 'We simply can’t go on as we are, the findings from this research must be heard and acted upon before it’s too late'. Read at source: Evidencing safeguarding pressures

Safeguarding is about culture, not box-ticking | Ofsted blog

Emma Ing, Her Majesty’s inspector and Ofsted’s regional director for the East Midlands, asks: what is safeguarding? Earlier this month, Ofsted inspectors, school leaders and local authority representatives gathered at the Leicester Racecourse and Conference Centre to discuss 'what is safeguarding?'. They heard first-hand from local and national safeguarding experts about a range of problems, from … Continue reading Safeguarding is about culture, not box-ticking | Ofsted blog

Child spies: use of juveniles as covert human intelligence sources

British police and intelligence agencies are using children as spies in covert operations against terrorists, gangs and drug dealers. A committee of the House of Lords revealed the practice in a report heard by the House of Lords Scrutiny Committee in July 2018. The report raised alarm over plans to give law enforcement bodies more freedom … Continue reading Child spies: use of juveniles as covert human intelligence sources

Local councils at risk of bankruptcy

Councils are calling on the chancellor to use the autumn Budget to tackle the immediate funding crisis for local government in 2019/20, and to deliver a sustainable funding settlement for local government in the forthcoming spending review. It comes after the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said in a damming report that budget cuts had left a number … Continue reading Local councils at risk of bankruptcy

Access to justice increasingly only for the few, Law Society warns ministers

Law Society publishes LASPO review subsmission Public access to the justice system has never been so restricted, the Law Society has warned as it filed  its submission to government, highlighting the "devastating consequences" of cuts to publicly funded legal advice. In its response to the Ministry of Justice's review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and … Continue reading Access to justice increasingly only for the few, Law Society warns ministers