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Systemic model used to work with families.

Reoffending from youth custody on the rise

By Nina Jacobs

| April 30, 2019

The proportion of young people released from youth custody who go on to reoffend within 12 months has risen to its highest level for two years, according to latest official figures.

Annual engagement meetings

By Jo Stephenson

| April 30, 2019

Ofsted's Inspection of Local Authority Children's Services regime sets out clear expectations of what children's services managers will get from their annual engagement meetings, reports Jo Stephenson.

An evaluation of the government's Troubled Families programme suggests it has helped cut care rates by a third as councils invested millions in early help. With the scheme due to end, leaders say the funding must continue.

Tackling care attainment gap

| April 30, 2019

DfE figures show a growing attainment gap for children in care, highlighting the need to boost support.

Youth charter and qualifications review can revitalise youth work, but experts call for a broad approach.

Free children from abuse and knife crime

By Nathan Ward

| April 30, 2019

Throughout history, the social construction of childhood has changed, osculating between children being seen as angels in need of protection and demons in need of control.

Karen Childs Smith: How I Got Here

By Karen Childs Smith

| April 30, 2019

Karen Childs Smith, head of knowledge and information at NSPCC Learning, discusses her career.

Reshaping towns for young people

By Dan Price, councillor and executive member for culture and partnerships, Warrington Borough Council

| April 30, 2019

Too many town centres offer little for young people, but the Future High Streets Fund can tackle this.

Derren Hayes speaks to Leethen Bartholomew, head of the National FGM Centre.

How to be an effective leader

By Adrian Wakeling

| April 30, 2019

Children's services leaders have to make important decisions every working day, so it is imperative senior managers identify the essential skills they need to lead their organisations most effectively.

Special educational needs provision: Legal Update

By Coram Children's Legal Centre

| April 30, 2019

Ombudsman criticises council over failures that led to boy with special educational needs being denied a year of full-time education.

Commissioning: Meeting the 'sufficiency' duties

By Toni Badnall-Neill

| April 30, 2019

With demand for care placements being so high, it's vital commissioners know how to achieve "sufficiency", says Toni Badnall-Neill.

Storytelling initiative supports development of children's communication and language skills, helping to tackle early disadvantage through creative learning.

East Anglian council has plans to remodel early years services and reduce demand for social care to balance the books.

Childhood bereavement is common but many children don't get the support they need. Alison Penny, co-ordinator of the Childhood Bereavement Network, explores the issues and potential solutions.

BAME young carers need more support, says charity

By Dan Parton

| April 29, 2019

Health and care services need to do more to identify young carers from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and provide them with support, a children's charity has said.

The UK has some of the lowest numbers of beds for treating young people with serious mental illnesses in Europe, according to research published today.

A youth charity is backing calls for the government to deliver a fairer society for younger people by providing them with better housing and employment opportunities.

A children's food watchdog is needed to help young people access more nutritious food, an inquiry set up to investigate children's food insecurity has concluded.