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Blame games make the job of a DCS untenable

Last Friday, the Reading Post published a story about how children's services in the town received only one application for each of the three senior social worker jobs it advertised. On the same day, the Coventry Telegraph reported that 30 demonstrators had gathered outside the city's town hall calling for more action to be taken against the agencies involved in the Daniel Pelka case.

Resilience prevails amid Osborne's bleak choices

Like a piercing, bitter English winter, Chancellor George Osbourne's "autumn statement" was eye-wateringly harsh. It is, without doubt, children and young people growing up in the most deprived households who are being asked to bear the brunt.

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.

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