‘Child in need’ stats fell last year – why?

Fewer children’s social care referrals are passing ‘child in need’ thresholds  Article by Luke Stevenson on October 22, 2015 in Community Care The proportion of children assessed as meeting ‘child in need’ thresholds by social services fell last year, government figures show. The Department for Education statistics show 23% of social services assessments in 2014-15 led to a decision that a child was ‘not in... Continue Reading →

Life story work

Research conducted jointly between the UK children’s charity Coram and the University of Bristol  shows that the quality of children's life story books varies considerably. The research has helped to address an absence in the academic literature of adopters’ perspectives on their children’s life storybooks. Forty adopters from England and Wales participated in either focus... Continue Reading →

Unlocking Potential

A report by the Children's Commissioner for England has considered the safeguarding needs of young people in custody. Read the report of the Children's Commissioner here: Unlocking Potential Recommendations set out by the Children's Commissioner: Young people should only be placed in isolation as a last resort not very often not for a long time. Every time a young person is... Continue Reading →

Counter-Extremism Strategy

New powers extend a measure introduced by the Prime Minister in July, following a successful trial, which enables parents to apply directly to HM Passport Office to have the passports of children under 16 years old cancelled to prevent them travelling to join terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq. Powers have already been applied via a series of... Continue Reading →

Family Rights Group: Children’s Contact

Relevant reading for all IROs The Family Rights Group has carried out research into the contact that children being raised in family and friends care have with their parents and others. Read at source via the links below: Chapter 1: Introduction and acknowledgements Chapter 2: Legal framework Chapter 3: Key messages from international literature Chapter 4:... Continue Reading →


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