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North Wales scandals must produce legacy of listening

Listening to children and young people has never been more important. The need for strong leadership and vision, coupled with a cross-party approach to children and young people's services, is crucial. That was my message to the National Assembly for Wales' children and young people committee as I outlined my annual report for 2012/13 and reflected on the work of my office during the past 12 months.

Blame games make the job of a DCS untenable

Last Friday, the Reading Post published a story about how children's services in the town received only one application for each of the three senior social worker jobs it advertised. On the same day, the Coventry Telegraph reported that 30 demonstrators had gathered outside the city's town hall calling for more action to be taken against the agencies involved in the Daniel Pelka case.

Resilience prevails amid Osborne's bleak choices

Like a piercing, bitter English winter, Chancellor George Osbourne's "autumn statement" was eye-wateringly harsh. It is, without doubt, children and young people growing up in the most deprived households who are being asked to bear the brunt.

Integrated working makes a comeback

Good ideas never completely disappear. After early prophecies of doom, the idea of integrated working in the children and youth workforce seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance at present.

Government should aspire to early intervention legacy

CYP Now joined forces with 4Children to convene a roundtable discussion a fortnight ago with a dozen directors of children's services and chief executives. They were invited to debate a key issue of our times: how to turn the rhetoric on early intervention into tangible improvements in the lives of the mostdisadvantaged children and families. Participants raised a multitude of points. Here are six of the best.

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