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

Councils seek urgent assurances on controversial ‘mythbuster’ guidance | Children & Young People Now

https://twitter.com/article_39/status/1044228320622235650 Read at source: Councils seek urgent assurances on controversial 'mythbuster' guidance | Children & Young People Now

Children’s Commissioner demands clarity on councils’ duties

By: Dominic Brady 10 Sep 18 In Public Finance Thousands of children could miss out on care unless the government clarifies what councils must legally provide as they cut services, the Children’s Commissioner has told Public Finance. With some councils stripping services to a bare minimum, Anne Longfield has warned they might not fully understand their statutory … Continue reading Children’s Commissioner demands clarity on councils’ duties

#carecrisisreview

"[...] we care about families. We care about people being able to help themselves. We believe in helping people to help themselves, but we are not doing that. We are simply saying, "The state will take care of this, because you have failed as a parent." What message does that send about our vision of … Continue reading #carecrisisreview

Good read: ‘Transitional safeguarding from adolescence to adulthood’ | Dez Holmes

Safeguarding is a field where traditional notions of childhood and adulthood have prevailed but Dez Holmes reminds us that 'there is much to learn from evolving practice in other areas – such as SEND, mental health, care leaving services, and developments in the youth justice system where transitions have been a major focus'. Read the … Continue reading Good read: ‘Transitional safeguarding from adolescence to adulthood’ | Dez Holmes

The worsening financial situation in children’s services

Stuart Gallimore, ADCS President,  is calling for more funding for children's services or a "statement of intent" from government that more will be coming ... ADCS president Stuart Gallimore told CYP Now he has been left frustrated by a lack of action by government to address the mounting financial crisis facing children's social care. Gallimore … Continue reading The worsening financial situation in children’s services

Updated advice issued on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

The Department for Education has recently issued updated advice. This advice replaces ‘Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)’. It is for practitioners and senior managers - to help you to decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally. It includes information about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - highlighting … Continue reading Updated advice issued on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

Court of Appeal – Human Trafficking

Home Office wrongly detained child victim of trafficking then released with no arrangements or protection from trafficking and risk of other violations despite solicitor intervention. The child immediately disappeared.  This appeal case brought by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that the Secretary of State acted in breach of her duty under article 4 of … Continue reading Court of Appeal – Human Trafficking

Increase in child protection investigations, but fewer finding abuse | Children & Young People Now

"In other words, more children are being put through an investigation that doesn't lead to a child protection plan and more parents are being put through the wringer." says Professor Andy Bilson Please read and discuss full piece at source: Increase in child protection investigations, but fewer finding abuse | Children & Young People Now