In the new edition of CYP Now: Lifelong Links; reducing care; and attainment gap

By Derren Hayes

| 28 November 2018

The December edition of CYP Now charts the development of the Lifelong Links project and how the areas piloting it help looked-after children find and reconnect with birth family members.

The government is to fund the expansion of three programmes to 20 councils in an effort to stem the continued rise in the number of children in care. We analyse what impact the programmes have had, while experts emphasise the need to do more to keep families together in the first place.

Efforts to narrow the attainment gap is the focus of the 12-page special report. Achievement for All summarise the latest research developments, and there are four examples of good practice including: Wolverhampton Council's support for learners in care; the Maths Champions programme for pre-schoolers; a collaborative approach across Tower Hamlets schools; and A Better Start in Southend on Sea. 

Also in the December edition:

  • Youth work - Key issues to emerge from the parliamentary inquiry into youth work
  • Youth justice - Latest government documents reveal how the first secure school will operate
  • Education - Latest survey on home education reveals fresh concerns over scale of ‘off-rolling'
  • Early years - Experts outline the changes needed to ease the sector's financial pressures
  • Health - How health visitors and other children's practitioners can engage parents on alcohol use
  • Interview - Former top family court judge Sir James Munby on his new role at the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
  • CYP Now Awards 2018 - Picture report from a night of celebration and winners' supplement

You can see the full contents of the current edition here

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