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Custody staff need crisis communication training

The Independent review of the use of pain-inducing techniques – published over the summer – in short hasn’t told us anything we didn’t know before and the heart of the recommendations are simply echoes of previous reports that still haven’t been enacted.

Care experience central to England review

The new government has committed to conduct a review of the children’s care system. We are at a pivotal point: 30 years on from the game-changing 1989 Children Act, this review will either go down in history as being another major turning point or a damp squib.

We need renewed focus on support for 0-5s

Early this year two interesting news items emerged: the announcement of an extra £165m for the Troubled Families programme, and that 2020 is the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”.

Three key issues of the 2010s to fix in the 2020s

The new government will need to solve quickly a number of longstanding issues affecting vulnerable children and families if it is to offer a more optimistic outlook for a children’s sector worn down by a decade of austerity.

Prioritise help for homeless young people

Housing charity Shelter released some worrying statistics in early December, highlighting the number of children expected to be homeless or living in temporary accommodation over Christmas would hit a 12-year high.