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A serious case review into the murder of a toddler by his violent stepfather has called for improvements in the way councils assess the risk of domestic abuse to children.

Schools need to do more to prepare pupils for the emotional pressures and demands of social media, the children's commissioner for England has said.

Child-on-parent abuse programme to expand across London

By Tristan Donovan

| January 04, 2018

One of the few programmes that addresses child-on-parent violence committed by 11- to 18-year-olds is to expand across London after securing additional funding.

Daily roundup 4 January: Mental health, child slavery, and energy drinks

By Neil Puffett and Sophie Eminson

| January 04, 2018

One in four pregnant women found to suffer mental health problems; three people found guilty of child slavery offences; and supermarket chain set to introduce ban on sales of energy drinks to under-16s, all in the news today.

January's edition of CYP Now includes contributions from five care leavers who write in their own words about their experiences of care.

Concerns have been raised about the quality of support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in South Gloucestershire, with inspectors finding that long-standing issues are yet to be addressed.

Researchers from Cardiff University wanted to explore how sibling relationships are affected by adoption. These can include relationships with brothers and sisters outside the adoptive family, relationships between siblings placed for adoption together, and relationships with children already living in the adoptive family.

Special Report: Early Help

| January 02, 2018

Council early help services are changing. With budgets falling and demand for intensive services rising, early help is evolving into a more multi-agency intervention targeted at the most disadvantaged families.

The authors discuss the findings of an evaluation of the Incredible Years (IY) programme delivered to parents of three and four year olds attending universal early years provision at risk of developing a conduct disorder.

This quantitative study focuses on the high proportion of children referred to children's services and the increasing use of statutory interventions.

This paper explores the provision of family support services for young mothers within a Sure Start children's centre.

The authors discuss the Signs of Safety and Wellbeing framework that has been introduced into Birmingham's early help services. This paper discusses the theoretical basis of Signs of Safety and how and why it is being used in Birmingham.

PCCs and youth crime prevention

| January 02, 2018

Experts call for police and crime commissioners to do more to fund youth crime prevention work.

Education experts answer Ofsted criticism of the quality of education for disadvantaged young pupils.

The rise in children being educated at home is partly blamed on schools failing to adequately support pupils with additional needs, and has raised concerns councils will struggle to monitor their safety and wellbeing.

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a campaign to tackle childhood obesity by encouraging parents to clamp down on their children's consumption of unhealthy snacks.

Inspections: SEND services

By Jo Stephenson

| January 02, 2018

The introduction of area-wide multi-agency inspections of special educational needs and disabilities services has highlighted the challenges of implementing system reforms while continuing to deliver quality provision.

Whole-family approaches to tackling domestic abuse

By DfE and Rees Centre – University of Oxford

| January 02, 2018

Projects in the first phase of the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme have been evaluated to identify common themes. This briefing summarises learning on tackling domestic abuse in the family.

Funding Focus: The Ironmongers' Company

By Sophie Eminson

| January 02, 2018

The Ironmongers' Company offers grants to organisations that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential, accepting applications twice yearly. The company's aim is that its support makes a recognisable difference to a project's success, and therefore would like to cover a significant element of the cost.