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Supporting grieving families during lockdown

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  • Monday, November 30, 2020
People are often intrigued about what it is like to work at Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity and support families with a very sick child, even more so when that support is anticipating or facing the death of the child.

The need to properly finance local authorities

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  • Friday, November 27, 2020
During the first lockdown, many county leaders across the country feared that restrictions on children’s services – and particularly the inability to make contact and build support links face-to-face – would have huge consequences: creating an invisible crisis.

Examining how the Care Review should work

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  • Monday, November 23, 2020
Motivation to work in social work and care often comes with an understanding that we can no longer accept the things we cannot change; we should change the things we cannot accept.

Systems and services failing to empower homeless young people

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  • Monday, November 23, 2020
As recent figures point to a rise in youth homelessness, Homeless Link’s new report uncovers a worrying reality of systemic failures curbing young people’s potential, undermining their resilience, and failing to empower them to leave homelessness behind.

Calls for English smacking ban

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  • Wednesday, November 11, 2020
On Saturday, Scotland brought into force a law that ensured children receive the same protection from physical assault as adults.

Learning from Ofsted focussed visits

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  • Monday, November 9, 2020
Inevitably, I was on a zoom call when I received the phone call. We had been expecting it since the start of term – Ofsted were coming to Newham for a focused visit.

The case for kinship care

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  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
There are currently around 78,000 children in local authority care in England, an increase of 28 per cent in the past decade.

Our common ground

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  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Being human, means that we are very likely to encounter challenges as we go through life.

Volunteering on a wave

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  • Monday, October 26, 2020
The arrival of autumn has felt like a good time to do some personal and professional reflection.

Introducing the National Tutoring Programme

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  • Monday, October 26, 2020
Despite the inspiring efforts of teachers and school leaders since March, the impact of coronavirus on learning has been severe, particularly on children from low income families.

No shoes to buckle

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  • Monday, October 5, 2020
I recently chaired a discussion with Neil Leitch from Early Years Alliance and Liz Bayram from Pacey for the Childcare Expo.

Let’s work out together how best to care for children

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  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020
For me, and no doubt most of you reading this, the fact that society can decide to remove a child from the care of his or her parents, so they can be looked after by other people, is so much part of our daily milieu we barely pause to think about it.

Incorporating the UNCRC into Scottish law

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  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Children deserve special protection - it is a common value shared across the world and agreed within the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the most ratified international treaty in history.