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New youth work income streams

By Rosemary Watt-Wyness |

14 February 2017

With council funding falling, charities must develop fresh ways of boosting revenue, says London Youth.

Guide to the Life Chances Fund

By Jonathan Flory |

31 January 2017

Advice on how to bid for slice of £80m of social finance to fund projects tackling youth unemployment.

The government has set out its plans for how a proposed national assessment and accreditation system for children's social workers intended to boost the quality of practice in the profession will be implemented.

Better commissioner relations

By Richard Selwyn |

03 January 2017

A Lloyds Bank Foundation report says the current commissioning processes threaten the survival of small charities. Here, a commissioner says they must work to forge partnerships with councils.

How to bid for Tampon Tax Fund

By Adam Offord |

03 January 2017

Charities supporting women and girls can now get a share of £15m fund derived from tax on sanitary products.

Preparing for 30-hour childcare

By James Hempsall |

22 November 2016

Following the government response to the consultation, issues remain over how the policy will work.

Department for Education permanent secretary says new datasets could help children's services departments is identify problems ahead of Ofsted inspections and enable them to turn these around to avoid poor ratings.

Richard Watts, chair of the Local Government Association's children and young people board, says councils must be given freedoms to overcome a crisis in funding, recruitment and excessive demand across children's social care.

Is there a future for family hubs?

By Jess Brown |

25 October 2016

Children's commissioner says councils should follow the Isle of Wight and turn children's centres into hubs.

Annual workforce survey of early years leaders shows higher staff turnover and falling qualification levels as a result of new GCSE requirements, leading to concerns there will be too few practitioners to deliver 30-hour offer.