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Budgeting for the long term

| November 05, 2018

Government has announced further funding to tackle the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people in schools.

A cross-party group of MPs has launched an inquiry into early years funding in response to increasing numbers of nursery closures and provider concerns about their financial future.

Details of initiatives that will be expanded to other local authorities as part of an £84m drive to reduce the number of children being taken into care have been revealed by children's minister Nadhim Zahawi.

More children deemed to be at risk of significant harm but not in immediate danger should remain with their families, England's most senior children's social worker has said.

A council has been criticised for housing a homeless teenager with a history of drug abuse and mental health problems in a tent.

The government must carry out a fundamental review of spending of youth services as part of next year's Comprehensive Spending Review to ensure there is adequate investment, a parliamentary inquiry has recommended.

The November edition of CYP Now looks at the role childcare settings can play in establishing healthy eating habits from an early age.

Academics analysed trends in mental health outcomes among children and young people over the last two decades.

Court Report: Challenge to consultation of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

By Coram Children's Legal Centre

| October 30, 2018

This case, brought by the charity Help Refugees Ltd, looked at the processes followed regarding the relocation of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

Youth justice services have developed a range of innovative approaches to engage repeat offenders, but experts say more needs to be done to support young people with the most entrenched problems.

This research examines how well the strengths-based desistance approach in youth justice has been rolled out in practice and makes suggestions for areas of improvement.

Contested Vulnerability: A Case Study of Girls in Secure Care

By Research in Practice

| October 30, 2018

This ethnographic study in a secure unit in England explored girls' concepts of vulnerability. It argues that by conflating childhood and vulnerability, the unit disenfranchises girls from services that are designed to help them.

This study considers the work of youth offending teams (YOT) with repeat offenders. It advocates using a strengths-based, rather than a risk-based, approach to enable young people's positive development and reduce offending.

This study investigates the impact of implementing trauma informed interventions in juvenile justice settings in the USA.

Graham Allen's 2011 report Early Intervention: The Next Steps makes clear that the real savings from early help lay in its ability to reduce the numbers coming into care to such an extent that fewer high-cost residential facilities would be needed.

Social media and mental health

| October 30, 2018

Experts say review of children's social media use must include technical issues and access to education.

A long-term strategy must be drawn up by government if successful early intervention services for vulnerable children and families are going to be successfully established across the country.

EIF blueprint for the future of early help recommends better co-ordination of support for vulnerable families including long-term funding, a cross-government taskforce and commitment to evidence-based practice.