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'Shared parenting' gets rejected

The Family Justice Review has denied the presumption of shared parenting. Kirsten Anderson, Carolyn Hamilton and Jo-Anne Prudhomme from the Coram Children's Legal Centre examine why

Regional approach to staff recruitment

Latest Department for Education workforce data shows that while the number of children's social workers rose three per cent last year, staff turnover, vacant posts and use of agency practitioners remained stubbornly high.

Early intervention grant raises questions over fairness and bias

Against a backdrop of continued austerity, the announcement last month that the early intervention grant is set to rise by six per cent from April appeared to offer some hope that services tackling deep-seated issues among the most disadvantaged children and families would be boosted.

Older children enter safeguarding spotlight

Teenagers are rarely top of the agenda for child protection services. Victims in the majority of high-profile child protection cases are infants or young children, while older young people tend to be perceived by many professionals as more resilient and less vulnerable to harm.