Bob's Blog

Today sees the launch of the first comprehensive picture of running away for under 16s in six years. The third in a series of The Children’s Society’s Still Running research reveals that a quarter of child runaways have been the victim of a harmful or dangerous experience. Keeping child runaways...

The Universal Credit could reduce long-term poverty but, as the Institute of Fiscal Studies points out, once other factors are taken into consideration, children will be much worse off. The Children's Society is particularly concerned that the proposed cap on benefits will cut support to more than 200,000...

This week saw the second reading of the Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Lords. To coincide with the reading, The Children's Society released a new analysis showing the Government's proposed cap on benefits will cut support for more than 200,000 children. While the Department of Work and Pensions'...

The government this week published their vision for the services that should be on offer for parents, children and families in the foundation years. It is encouraging that this document is so thorough and that the government is now focused on children's early years. Success in the foundation years is...

Last week, the Welfare Reform Bill had its third reading in the Commons and moved on swiftly into the Lords where it will face its second reading sometime next month. Whilst The Children’s Society welcome aspects of the bill which simplify the benefit system and improve incentives to move into work,...

In her recent review, Eileen Munro recommends that local authorities should give due consideration to protecting the discrete roles and responsibilities of a Director of Children’s Services and Lead Member of Children’s Services before allocating any additional functions to those roles. Bringing together...