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This paper explores information sharing at all stages of the child protection process and considers the facilitators and barriers to this.

This summary draws on research presented in a paper that examines the legal framework that governs information sharing in Australia. To make these findings more applicable to the UK context, the summary also highlights key messages on information sharing from the triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011-2014.

This article reports that, in the United States, there is little guidance for managers and policymakers about how child welfare workers should search for or communicate with clients via social media. It offers a number of considerations for standards of e-professionalism. As well as the journal article, this summary draws on relevant guidance and frameworks from the UK.

Self-care and social support are possible protective factors against burn out in the social work profession. In particular an informal source of peer support may be of value to social workers due to the common stressors they experience.

Children's services are increasingly using technology to boost information sharing among professionals and across agency and geographical boundaries to get help to vulnerable children and families earlier.

Cadets: A youth work force to be reckoned with?

By Tom de Castella

| March 27, 2018

The government has pumped £50m into expanding cadet units in schools. Tom de Castella assesses the youth work contribution of cadet groups and asks if they are value for money.

Research suggests economic and geographical factors play a major part in how much councils spend on children's services. Council leaders hope the findings can be used to convince ministers of the need for additional funding.

Review finds poor contact with birth families can cause identity problems, with report author calling for a culture change among practitioners. However, social work leaders say legislation should be revised to make contact easier.

Children whose parents or carers are seriously ill are an "invisible group" suffering with mental health problems and a lack of support, researchers have claimed.

Some councils will receive upfront funding to pay for support provided through the government's Troubled Families programme as part of a trial, it has been announced.

The April edition of CYP Now assesses the impact that the expansion of cadet units in schools has had and asks whether government funding has delivered value for money.

Arts scheme launches creative careers

By Emily Rogers

| March 27, 2018

Masterclasses, field trips and one-to-one mentoring all go together to help young people get a foot in the door of creative industries.

Rising demand for children's services and increasing expectations of what they should deliver - while coming at a time when resources are shrinking - has created a necessity among local authorities to find new ways of reaching more people at less cost.

Inspections Clinic: Appealing an Ofsted judgment

By Jo Stephenson

| March 27, 2018

There will always be early years settings unhappy with the rating they receive from Ofsted. Jo Stephenson looks at the options for appealing the decision and the processes to follow.

Families adopt safer strategies

By Emily Rogers

| March 27, 2018

Getting On aims to reduce teen-to-parent abuse and strengthen family relationships.

eCDOP

By Emily Rogers

| March 27, 2018

IT solution electronically mirrors local safeguarding children boards' process of recording and reviewing deaths of under-18s.

Early Help Profiling System

By Jo Stephenson

| March 27, 2018

Uses advanced analytics to identify families at risk and provide detailed referrals to social care.

Education system needs better alternatives

By Anna Feuchtwang

| March 27, 2018

The education select committee's inquiry into alternative provision in education is part of its stated commitment to social justice. This is a social justice issue.

The government has pledged action to improve access to help and information for young people and professionals on combating negative body image.

Connecting Care

By Emily Rogers

| March 27, 2018

Integrated digital care record system combines health and social care records for individuals across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.