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Legal Update: Age assessment guidance

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  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Kamena Dorling, head of policy and programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines how long-awaited guidance could help social workers assess the age of children seeking asylum.

Young people and communities hold the key to ending FGM

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  • Tuesday, March 3, 2015
The issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) is climbing up the ladder of political priorities. The knowledge that there has not been a single successful prosecution since the FGM Act was introduced in 2003 is causing much soul-searching - in government, in the crown prosecution service and in local safeguarding boards across the country.

Legal Update: Tackling child sexual exploitation

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  • Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Jen Roest, research and projects officer at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines a call to address child sexual exploitation in Manchester through attitudinal change of public agencies and the legal system.

Legal Update: Review of special guardianship

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  • Monday, September 14, 2015
Kirsten Anderson, research and policy manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines a government consultation that will review the use of special guardianship, first introduced in 2005.

We must listen to children affected by domestic abuse

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  • Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Did you enjoy the festive break? Some families will still be reeling from the effects - especially those living with domestic abuse. We know there is a seasonal spike in the reported incidents of domestic abuse over the holiday period and I do not expect this year to have been any different. And where there is domestic abuse in families, the impact on children and young people can be especially distressing.

Grooming case highlights failings

Following the conviction of a child grooming ring in Rochdale, Jo-Anne Prud'homme, legal researcher at Coram Children's Legal Centre, asks what more agencies could have done to protect the victims

Leadership: Working with elected members

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  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Forging good relationships with local politicians can be challenging for children's services leaders, but if managed well, they can be mutually beneficial and help local authorities be more successful.

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