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Children’s services focus ever more on poorer households the more they intervene in family life, research finds

Children’s social care services focus increasingly on poorer households the more they intervene in family life, according to a new report which calls for fewer child protection cases and action to tackle poverty. The social gradient in English child welfare services, a study by Kingston University academics and Ofsted analysts, said that children from the … Continue reading Children’s services focus ever more on poorer households the more they intervene in family life, research finds

Social Mobility Commission recommends action on child poverty

The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) has called for a shake-up of child welfare benefits and significant investment in education to put disadvantaged children and young people at centre stage of the government’s recovery plan. Its State of the nation report 2021, published on 20 July 2021, unveils in detail the devastating impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on … Continue reading Social Mobility Commission recommends action on child poverty

Falling Through the Gaps: Young Women’s Justice Project Briefing

Source: Alliance for Youth Justice Published 28 Apr, 2021 In January 2021, Agenda and AYJ published the Young Women’s Justice Project literature review, mapping the evidence-base around young women (aged 17–25) in contact with the criminal justice system and identifying gaps in knowledge to inform the direction of future work. Girls’ experience of the transition to … Continue reading Falling Through the Gaps: Young Women’s Justice Project Briefing

Adolescent mental health: A systematic review on the effectiveness of school-based interventions

Source: Early Intervention Foundation This new report on adolescent mental health is the most significant UK review of the evidence on supporting positive mental health in schools for at least a decade, and the first to focus squarely on what works in secondary schools to support pupils’ wellbeing during their critical teenage years. Drawing on … Continue reading Adolescent mental health: A systematic review on the effectiveness of school-based interventions

How to see the water… understanding the culture you work in

It’s how we do things round here Organisational culture can be a slippery concept. It’s not something we often talk about in organisations (apart from saying “of course the culture is crucial”). We don’t need to talk about it because, at least when we’ve worked somewhere for a while, we just know how to behave. This … Continue reading How to see the water… understanding the culture you work in

MPs call to end use of handcuffs on children in care

Dozens of MPs have joined forces to call on the government to ban the use of handcuffs on children in care. Ministers are backing the Hope Instead of Handcuffs campaign, launched by Emily Aklan, chief executive of children’s social care provider Serenity Welfare, which is calling for legislation allowing a child in care to be handcuffed … Continue reading MPs call to end use of handcuffs on children in care

Review urges ‘age-appropriate’ drug services for young people

The government should invest in “age-appropriate” drug services for young people amid a 40 per cent rise in drug use in 11- to 15-year-olds, a major report finds. Read full piece at source: Review urges 'age-appropriate' drug services for young people

The white ally and the fight for racial justice

Reblogged from tenpencemore Originally posted February 27, 2021

I remember several years ago now, I went to hear Reni Eddo Lodge speak at a podcast event in a London branch of Waterstones. This was just around the time of her blog post that led to her long read in The Guardian and later to her book ‘Why I am no longer talking to white people about race’. I cringe when I think back to it, as I think it was me that was that white woman who put up her hand, eager to signal my virtue and readiness to help, and asked a question: “Thank you, I really enjoyed your talk, and can you tell me, what can I do, as a white woman, that would be useful?” To which Reni responded something along the lines of, “Herein lies the problem, if you are asking me what you can do”. I now understand what that was about, but at the time, I felt shame and an intense need to understand why what I had said was so unhelpful… 

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Source: Penny Rabiger

I remember several years ago now, I went to hear Reni Eddo Lodge speak at a podcast event in a London branch of Waterstones. This was just around the time of her blog post that led to her long read in The Guardian and later to her book ‘Why I am no longer talking to white people about race’. I cringe when I think back to it, as I think it was me that was that white woman who put up her hand, eager to signal my virtue and readiness to help, and asked a question: “Thank you, I really enjoyed your talk, and can you tell me, what can I do, as a white woman, that would be useful?” To which Reni responded something along the lines of, “Herein lies the problem, if you are asking me what you can do”. I now understand what…

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Refusal to Authorise Deprivation of Liberty

The High Court, in the face of no other option for, a 12 year old child ‘Y’, has had no alternative than to make a judgement not based on the child’s best interests as laid down by law, not having regard to the child’s welfare as the paramount consideration, but instead having to countenance “the … Continue reading Refusal to Authorise Deprivation of Liberty

Anne Longfield, Josh MacAlister and Lord Adonis questioned on children’s homes

On Tuesday 20 July at 10.00am, Anne Longfield, Former Children’s Commissioner for England, Josh MacAlister, Lead Reviewer, Independent Review of Children’s Social Care and Lord Andrew Adonis, Labour life peer, former Schools Minister and former children’s home resident were questioned by the Yesterday the Education Committee on the Inquiry into Children's Homes. Launched in March, … Continue reading Anne Longfield, Josh MacAlister and Lord Adonis questioned on children’s homes