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A plan to create a mutual to run youth services at a local authority in the north east of England have been dropped.

The number of babies born prematurely has increased in the last two decades and more children born preterm are surviving due to improved neonatal care.

Commissioners play a pivotal role in ensuring vulnerable children receive the care they need. However, demand and funding pressures are driving the development of new systems and changes in practice.

This research examined how support care is provided and the advantages and contradictions in this form of family support. Implications for commissioning and practice are discussed.

This paper reports findings from a study on the effects of austerity measures on local authority commissioners and independent fostering providers (IFPs) in the year following the coalition government's first Spending Review in 2010. It highlights legal and procedural factors which may present a challenge to effective foster-care provision.

This research paper focuses on the support needs of newly formed adoptive families, addressing a gap in the literature for research in the post-placement period.

This paper explores the transition from children's to adult's services for young people who have long-term health problems. It identifies barriers and gaps in commissioning health care transition. It provides recommendations for integrated commissioning practice in order to avert the service "cliff edge" - when a child or young person stops receiving some services they previously received, often on their 18th birthday.

IFA South Central Framework

By Nina Jacobs

| June 26, 2018

Councils and independent providers in southern England strike five-year agreement on managing foster care placements.

Advice on using ACE enquiry

By Derren Hayes, Alana Ryan and Karen Bateson

| June 26, 2018

Experts say more research is needed on impact of routine enquiry into adverse childhood experiences.

Women and children fleeing domestic abuse are being forced to sleep rough or "sofa surf" due to a lack of support from councils, research has found.

Professionals tasked with providing support for care leavers are frustrated that they cannot offer more help, with nearly a quarter of their time taken up by administration, a study has found.

LGA analysis shows demographic and social issues linked to deprivation account for half the variation in spending on children's services. Sector leaders say it reinforces calls for government to increase funding.

Schools to pilot new way of measuring children's language and vocabulary development; concerns raised about school pupils taking "upskirt" pictures; and study finds quarter of children under the age of two have their own tablet device, all in the news today.

The latest in a series of articles about emerging safeguarding practice looks at how the NSPCC develops evidence-based approaches to design systems and services to provide early help to prevent child neglect.

Children's services need to be adequately funded in the face of increasing demand and pressure on budgets, former government minister Edward Timpson has warned.

Make more time for direct work

By Maris Stratulis

| June 26, 2018

Effective social work relies on face-to-face contact with children and families, but bureaucratic processes can often get in the way. Implement strategies that will free up practitioners' time for more direct work.

Demand for most types of care provided by children's services has been rising since 2008, making it harder for commissioners to source sufficient high-quality provision.

Concerns Brexit may be dissuading disadvantaged children from learning a foreign language; police and coroner issue warning about potential harm of online game; and children's commissioner calls for more joined-up support for children from forces families, all in the news today.