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Salutary tales from public service markets have been escalating in number and seriousness lately.

Future in Mind cash must be ringfenced for CAMHS teams

By Derren Hayes |

17 January 2017

Safeguarding is a key part of coaching young footballers

By Howard Williamson |

17 January 2017

Not that long ago I would speak proudly about being a football coach for a group of kids, now 12.

Margaret Thatcher said: "There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families."

30 hours has overshadowed vital out-of-school child care

By Naomi Eisenstadt |

06 December 2016

The government is struggling to fulfil its commitment to 30 hours of free early education and childcare by 2017.

In her very first speech, the new Prime Minister introduced a new tagline: "families who are just about managing".

The research section for this special report is based on a selection of academic studies which have been explored and summarised by Research in Practice (www.rip.org.uk), part of the Dartington Hall Trust.

Many sector voices have been speaking overtly about a serious crisis in council children's services.

Some people used the recent National Adoption Week (17-23 October) to renew calls for a national adoption agency. But to advocate such a position is to continue to fall for the fallacy that everything would be all right if only everyone followed the same practice, according to a central template.

The Children and Social Work Bill is becoming the focal point for important sector debates about whether statutory duties are an impediment to innovation in children's services. So it feels timely to examine the nature of statutory duties and the government's approach to them.

 

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