Childrens home incidents

Police chief urges leniency around childrens home incidents   Abstract Olivia Pinkney, children and young people’s lead at the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and deputy chief constable of Sussex Police, has stated that local police services and children’s homes providers should work together to reduce the number of times officers are called out to residential... Continue Reading →

Care strategy for vulnerable children

Cambridgeshire Council has proposed a higher risk care strategy for its vulnerable children Public services in Cambridgeshire are facing cuts of £120m over the next five years. Cambridgeshire County Council has said the cuts are needed because the authority will be getting less money from central government. The biggest reduction is expected to fall on the council's... Continue Reading →

Population of children in care in England reaches 30-year high

Government statistics reveal that the child in care population is now higher than at any point since 1985 Care application statistics  also show that the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has received 6,031 care applications in England in the six months to September 2015, an average of 1,005 a month. More headlines: Upward trend: If... Continue Reading →

‘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 →

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