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One of the big issues highlighted in the new government’s manifesto is youth offending. It has pledged to champion smarter crime prevention and put the fire behind early intervention to help prevent troubled young people from being drawn into crime. As part of this, there will be a continued focus...

I have blogged quite regularly on children’s social care over the last few months – particularly around how technology can help free social workers to spend more time with children and families. As the Care Act begins to transform adult social care, I thought it would be interesting to highlight some...

A good children’s centre provides a vital support network for vulnerable children and families at the heart of their community.

Schools should be responsible for fostering good, well-rounded citizens, not just for children’s academic success.

This is one of the key questions that will be debated by politicians and children’s services practitioners at the Early Intervention Foundation's first national conference on 12th February. A timely discussion to have following the publication of the ADCS’s Safeguarding Pressures Phase 4 report, which...

Few would argue that the role of a social worker can be an incredibly challenging one. As many of you who work with families in crisis will know, the media spotlight can often shine brightest when things go wrong.   According to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan a sea change is needed in the way that...

Unmanageable caseloads can frequently be cited as among the most challenging issues social workers have to deal with. With the latest figures from Cafcass revealing a reported 7 per cent increase in care applications compared with 12 months ago, this is something that seems set to continue. But how...

I was interested to read the results of a recently published study stating that children on free school meals lag just as far behind their more affluent peers in a good school as they do in an inadequate one. This research underlines what many working in children’s services know already – there is...

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The Family Focus

03 September 2014

Families are often the primary influence in the life of a child but what happens when this support network is dysfunctional or weighed down with the burden of a multitude of problems? With the right support, not only will each individual struggling with issues get back on track, but the family unit...

Media stories celebrating the strengthening economy and falling jobless figures have been refreshing to see in the last few weeks and months. They suggest that the country could finally be emerging from what is regarded by many as one of the most challenging financial periods of our time. For those...