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Will new ministers have any new ideas?

It is still too early to offer any well-informed predictions of what to expect from new Education Secretary Damian Hinds and his ministers at the Department for Education.

Let's adapt our language to 'tell it like it is'

At a recent United Nations meeting, 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg said: "We have to speak clearly no matter how uncomfortable it may be…You are not mature enough to tell it like it is - even that burden you leave to us children."

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.

Time for an end to 'children at risk' headlines

Have I Got News for You has a game based on guessing missing words in headlines. Perusing the papers recently, I noticed a headline: "X is putting children at risk, Xs say". Over the next few days, I read several other articles which this headline would have suited. Before I fill in the gaps, spend a few seconds thinking of a few words that might fit - it won't be hard.

Children Act well-intentioned duty now unrealistic

Often while walking between meetings my mind wanders back to the now familiar place it likes to pause: how to reconcile rising demand and reducing resource with high expectations that local authorities can and will minimise error in our child protection system.

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.

LGA study is basis for fairer funding debate

Having worked at a senior level in a shire county (Somerset), a large city (Birmingham), and a medium-sized unitary (Dudley), I didn't need research to tell me that they are all very different.

Fight against poverty must stay in spotlight

Anyone who watched the BBC documentary Poor Kids last month will have been horrified to hear the stories, told by children themselves, about what it's like to be one of the 3.5 million children in this country who are growing up in poverty.

Election will determine children's future

It may be a "snap" general election, but it would be a stretch to describe it as a shock - many people had expected one to follow even more swiftly from the political upheavals of last summer.

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