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The Department for Education has appointed a commissioner to oversee children's services at Medway Council after Ofsted found social workers dealing with "exceptionally high" individual caseloads of up to 55 children.

Intensive Interventions Suitable for Children on the Edge of Care: Report and Recommendations for Social Finance

By Priya Patel, policy, research and public affairs assistant, The Children’s Society

| August 27, 2019

This report identifies the interventions that are effective for children on the edge of care.

Youth Work in the UK (England)

By Priya Patel, policy, research and public affairs assistant, The Children’s Society

| August 27, 2019

Focuses on the development of UK youth work.

Children's Health and Development: Approaches to Early Identification and Intervention

By Priya Patel, policy, research and public affairs assistant, The Children’s Society

| August 27, 2019

This article summarises the evidence around effective approaches to prevention, and early identification and intervention to address developmental difficulties.

Children and Young People's Services: Funding and Spending 2010/11 to 2017/18

By Priya Patel, policy, research and public affairs assistant, The Children’s Society

| August 27, 2019

An overview of the latest trends in funding and spending on children and young people's services.

Researchers examine how often children in disadvantaged areas were exposed to tobacco retailing compared with those in more advantaged areas.

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

Social inequality and wellbeing

By Jo Bibby, director of health, the Health Foundation

| August 27, 2019

The "allostatic load" on children caused by chronic stress is a major health problem that needs addressing.

Early Help: Policy context

| August 27, 2019

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) defines early intervention as identifying and providing early support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes - such as mental health problems - poor academic attainment, or involvement in crime or antisocial behaviour.

Inspections Clinic: Unregulated vs unregistered care

By Jo Stephenson

| August 27, 2019

There is much confusion about what constitutes unregistered and unregistered care, the difference between such provision and if and in what circumstances it can be used, explains Jo Stephenson.

There are changes afoot in the youth sector.

Derren Hayes talks to Michael Sanders, executive director of What Works for Children's Social Care.

Early help strategy cuts across all services for children and young people in the county.

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 of its key principles: that the state should work in partnership with parents; and that if families can be supported without recourse to the law, they should be.

East London council has made great strides in support for vulnerable children despite recording high levels of deprivation.

Challenge to protect personal data

By David Harris and Derren Hayes

| August 27, 2019

The fallout between the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust and one of its regional delivery partners, The Challenge, has highlighted the importance IT systems play in protecting young people's details.

Co-op Foundation #iwill Fund

| August 27, 2019

The #iwill Fund is a £40m joint investment from the National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities. Co-op Foundation is acting as a match funder.

Maximise pupil premium impact

By Toni Badnall-Neill

| August 27, 2019

What are the barriers that need to be overcome to get the best value from the pupil premium, asks Toni Badnall-Neill.