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The toughest job in the land just got tougher

If you are looking for evidence of just how tough a job it is to be a director of children's services (DCS) at the moment, the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) conference provided it.

Further austerity is the only election certainty

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  • Monday, April 27, 2015
As the curtain comes down on this Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government, it is worth reflecting on what we've learnt from the past five years - as it looks increasingly likely that the future holds more of the same.

'Wilful neglect' laws won't help recruit social workers

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  • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
A number of reports over the past few weeks have highlighted the extent of the problem facing children's services departments in recruiting experienced social workers. Latest Department for Education figures show that over the past year, children's social worker vacancies have risen nearly 20 per cent so that on average, each English authority now has almost 30 full-time posts unfilled.

Editorial: Strong police presence is vital to safer schools

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  • Monday, September 1, 2014
CYP Now's investigation into school safety reveals some worrying trends in terms of the reduction in police presence in schools. A third of police forces have cut the number of PCs and community support officers based in schools over the past two years, while overall numbers of officers dedicated to this type of work has also fallen over the same period.

Councils must build on youth housing solutions

The 10 per cent rise in house prices in England reported last week was widely seen as another sign that the economy is recovering from the deepest recession in living memory. Good news for home owners certainly, but soaring property prices are making it harder for young people to not just get on the housing ladder, but branch out into independent living generally.

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