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Legal Update: Special guardianship orders

Serious case review highlights need for rigorous assessments when placing a child with a special guardian, writes Kamena Dorling, head of policy & programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre.

Timpson announces plans to improve young carer identification

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  • Thursday, March 9, 2017
The Department for Education is drawing up plans to make it easier to identify children and young people who have caring responsibilities, with a cross-government strategy due to be published in the summer, children's minister Edward Timpson has confirmed.

Social Workers on the witness stand

Giving evidence in court can be a daunting experience for social workers. Eileen Fursland looks at the challenges and sees first-hand the training on offer.

The policy context on preventing care proceedings

In the face of tightening council budgets and rising demand for children's social care services, policymakers and local leaders have for the past few years been devising ways to reduce children's services' use of care proceedings.

Special Report: Preventing care proceedings

As the care system continues to come under increased pressure, children's services are focusing on ways to better support vulnerable children and families, and avoid the need for care proceedings to be initiated.