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When care practice outflanks the law

By Andrew Webb

| August 27, 2019

It is 30 years since the Children Act 1989 received Royal Assent and despite the fact it has not subsequently been repealed or even substantially amended, the current "crisis" in the care system suggests that practice has drifted away from two...

Recent weeks have seen stark reminders of the shortcomings in our youth justice system.

In the latest edition of CYP Now, how local authorities are facing the challenge to invest in prevention services in the face of rising demand.

Early Help: Special Report

| August 28, 2019

Amid rising knife crime, youth homelessness and care referrals, the case for spending on early help has never been so important, yet investment in prevention services has been falling, fuelling late interventions.

Children's sense of overall happiness is at its lowest level for a decade, leaving them at risk of mental ill health, according to major charity analysis.

Parents are having to pay privately for their children's special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to be assessed due to failures in council and health organisation support, inspectors have found.

Research by What Works for Children's Social Care has identified the benefits of placing social workers in schools.

Warning over widening early years attainment gap

By Dan Parton

| August 28, 2019

The government must "adequately" fund early years education because there are signs the inequality gap for early years education is beginning to widen again, sector representatives claim.

Youth groups are being offered free visits to Parliament during school holidays.

Plans for a £2m family-focused community hub have been revealed by YMCA Norfolk.

Those wishing to work in youth justice have a number of options.

Amid reforms and challenges, Charlotte Goddard identifies entry-level requirements and continuing professional development for roles in the children and young people's workforce.

In the UK in 2018, 67,426 children were living with around 53,700 foster families.

There are changes afoot in the youth sector.

The early years sector faces ongoing challenges recruiting and retaining staff, driven by poor pay and poor career progression.

Leadership: Adapt to stay relevant

By Andrew Moreman

| August 27, 2019

Youth work organisations have had to learn to adapt to survive in a tough economic times, but knowing how to adapt to stay relevant is a valuable skill that can ensure the work they do continues to be effective.