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This study aimed to capture the different ways young people who accessed the UK's National Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) identified themselves with regard to gender and how their gender identity was expressed.

Assessing age of asylum seekers

By Kamena Dorling

| June 25, 2019

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at the potentially harmful consequences of children seeking asylum having their ages disputed by immigration officials.

Reshape the language of care

By Sara Ortiz

| June 25, 2019

Some of the language used by professionals can leave young people feeling confused and disempowered, so take a more compassionate and inclusive approach to communication to build stronger relationships.

Legal Update: Long-term segregation on mental health wards

By Coram Children's Legal Centre

| June 25, 2019

Care Quality Commission report reveals cases of young people with autism or complex needs being segregated on mental health wards.

Action needed to help girls in custody

By John Drew

| June 25, 2019

A decade ago, there was an average of 166 girls in custody at any one time. Now there are only 28, a more rapid fall than that for boys. This is good news, of course, but a recent report by Pippa Goodfellow, director of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, highlights why there is no room for complacency. Here are three reasons why.

Five councils have been awarded a share of £1.5m by the government to implement projects to tackle childhood obesity over the next three years.

Inspecting social work supervision

By Jo Stephenson

| June 25, 2019

Consistent standards and expectations are key to ensuring social work supervision helps improve outcomes for children and is recognised by inspectors, Ofsted's Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson.

Analysis reveals the largest falls in the use of children's centres is in the poorest council areas leading experts to question the government's commitment to social mobility and call for a new funding and policy direction.

Closer working between children's health and social care services can be achieved through five key changes.

Struggling South West authority aims to tackle high social worker agency and vacancy rates to improve reputation and stability.

Merits of Labour youth plans

By Bren Cook, senior lecturer in youth and community work, University of Bolton

| June 25, 2019

Youth work academic assesses if Labour's Youth Strategy could regenerate the sector following deep cuts.

For the past decade, policymakers have focused on using schools as a key setting to improve children and young people's mental health.

Independent visitors: Volunteers help children in care

By Catherine Pestano

| June 25, 2019

Independent visitors provide vital support to children in care. Catherine Pestano, who helps co-ordinate a network of nearly 80 volunteers in Croydon, south London, describes a typical week for the service.

Rising levels of violence and use of force by staff at a young offender institution (YOI) has led to campaigners renewing calls for an end to the use of custody for children.

With funds lacking to meet families' expectations of special educational needs and disability services, parents and practitioners have pursued education, health and care plans to obtain support, worsening the cash crisis.

July marks four years since then childcare minister Sam Gyimah pledged to undertake a review into the future of children's centres.

Building on the impact of the Troubled Families programme can be vital for securing the future of early help in upcoming spending review.

Recent guidance aims to help youth justice practitioners to improve how they support young offenders to deal with grief and bereavement.

Commissioning: Predictive analytics

By Toni Badnall-Neill

| June 25, 2019

Commissioners are using systems that predict need to shape service design and funding allocation, says Toni Badnall-Neill.

Last month, Ferret reported on Burger King in the United States partnering with Mental Health America to produce "real meals" - a promotion to reflect the full range of human emotions and at the same time take a swipe at McDonalds' Happy Meals.