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The proportion of young people reoffending has risen in the past decade. Latest data from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) shows that 42.2 per cent of young people convicted of an offence in the year to March 2016 went on to reoffend within the next 12 months.

Like the UK, Australia has seen rising demand for child protection and care services over the past five years. In response, the latest iteration of the federal government's 10-year child protection strategy focuses on early intervention to keep children and young people out of state care.

Childhood obesity continues to be a major problem across the UK. Charlotte Goddard explores the role nurseries and childcare settings can play in establishing healthy eating habits from an early age.

Moving on from domestic abuse


| October 30, 2018

The latest in a series about emerging safeguarding practice looks at how an NSPCC programme supports mothers and their children who have been victims of domestic abuse to move on together.

Changing teacher views on care

By Amy Woodworth

| October 30, 2018

Expert gives five key steps on how to overcome some teachers' negative perceptions of children in care.

Councils are to trial giving social workers money to spend on practical help for families, such as a new fridge, short break or childcare. Experts say the funding will be targeted at children most at risk of care proceedings.

Supporting siblings of young offenders in Derby

By Nina Jacobs

| October 30, 2018

"Good"-rated youth offending service in Derby works with siblings of young offenders.

Girlguiding UK was forced to defend its policy of admitting transgender people after expelling two volunteers who publicly objected to the stance.

The national community charity's Young Green Ambassadors network developed an awareness week that promoted equal access to green spaces.

Derren Hayes talks to Joseph Howes, chief executive of Buttle UK.

Commissioning for social value

By Toni Badnall-Neill

| October 30, 2018

Toni Badnall-Neill explains how children's services commissioners can incorporate social value into their decision making.

Providers' groups say more must be done to ensure childcare apprenticeship works for employers.

On 18 August, the New York Times ran a story on its front page about the funding woes of Northampton Council.

Almost half of childcare providers are receiving less funding then they were five years ago, with the sector "systemically underfunded', a study has found.

Working conditions for children's social workers have worsened over the last year, with two thirds wanting to leave their current job, it has emerged.

Speech and language campaigners have expressed "grave concerns" that the government is failing to support many children with speech, language and communications needs (SLCN), 10 years after the landmark Bercow Review on the issue.

The number of suicides among children who are either in care or are known to social services as being at risk of abuse or neglect has increased by more than 30 per cent in the last year, it has emerged.

An additional £3.2bn a year is required to reverse the impact of government cuts to the public health grant, which includes spending on health visitors and children's health services, and ensure that it is re-allocated according to need, a study has found.

The government must develop a specific strategy for children affected by domestic abuse, give them "protected" status on waiting lists for mental health services, and impose new legal duties on local authorities to protect them, an influential group of MPs has said.

Local authority-run nurseries that often specialise in support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) could be forced to close due to planned funding cuts, councils are warning.