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Child protection outsourcing plans 'dead in the water', claims Loughton

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014

Controversial plans to allow councils to outsource child protection services are “dead in the water” following the departure of Michael Gove from the Department for Education, former children’s minister Tim Loughton has claimed.

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secure  Rising pressure, expanding remits, high turnover: the DCS role today

As detailed analysis reveals a clear link between high turnover of directors of children’s services and poorer Ofsted ratings, six current post-holders share their experiences and concerns of one of the toughest jobs in public services.

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Many people believe all parents would benefit from some kind of training. Emily Rogers, mother of two young children, records her experiences of a 10-session parenting course and explores the concept of universal classes for every family.

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secure  Lottery early years fund will develop interventions for vulnerable families

A £215m pot is to help five charity-led consortia from Blackpool to Southend-on-Sea to design and deliver over 10 years a range of services for young children that will aim to put in place solid foundations for a successful life.

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