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Councils could save £150m on foster care services, says report

Wednesday, 01 Oct 2014

Local authorities would be able to save a total of £150m a year by improving the way they work with prospective foster parents, a report has claimed.

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secure  Academics urge institute to refine purpose and broaden horizons

The Institute for Youth Work was meant to become a focal point for the youth sector, but has attracted only 700 members in its first year, with some blaming a lack of clarity over its role and what the benefits of joining are.

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secure  Early intervention leaders' debate

Children's services leaders from councils across England discussed the current challenges of resourcing effective early help services at a debate hosted by CYP Now in partnership with Capita One.

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secure  Supporting schools

Local authorities are expected to ensure all children get a good education, yet their funding and influence over schools has diminished. Joe Lepper talks to councils that are successfully supporting schools despite the challenges.

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Good Idea: Children in Surrey rewarded for sprucing up the neighbourhood

Speaking out Children and young people in care can often find themselves isolated and without the support of an adult to fight their corner. Emily Rogers visits a service taking up the battle on their behalf

Skills for the Job: Dealing with continence issues Wetting and soiling can cause great anxiety for children, but supportive professionals can ensure problems are overcome successfully

My National Citizen Service Danny, from Bolton, was one of around 30,000 16-year-olds across the country to participate this summer in National Citizen Service, the government’s flagship youth programme. Here, he charts his experience and how it made him feel

Courses adapt to frontline demands Youth work provision is becoming increasingly diversified, as needs and budgets vary across the country. Charlotte Goddard investigates whether courses and qualifications are keeping up with the changes

Parents empowered The government wants parenting classes to become the norm in its drive to support families. Joe Lepper looks at the different programmes available and the skills required to deliver them

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My life

Marc Gorry

19, Brighton

I first contacted Brighton and Hove City Council's youth employability service a few years ago, after I was excluded from college. I didn't revise for my GCSEs; all I wanted to do was to have a laugh with my friends and I left school and college without any qualifications.

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