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Justice system needs to recognise impact of care

Intersectionality is a concept to describe the interconnected nature of social categorisations as they apply to a given individual or group, which create interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.

We must do more to support adolescents at risk

In October, the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) published a set of papers on the theme of adolescents in care proceedings that incorporated a blend of qualitative and quantitative studies, with one notable headline finding: the number of 10- to 17-year-olds subject to care proceedings rose by 95 per cent between 2011/12 and 2019/20.

Make permanency work for older children

The latest Covid-19 arrangements will have long-term impacts on many of our most vulnerable children, not least those who have entered the care system during the last year.

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.

Right support vital to keep families together

The Clear Blue Waterreport by England's chief social worker Isabelle Trowler and the University of Sheffield is a brave, compelling and defensible reminder of the care we have to take over life-changing decisions about whether and why we think a child should be permanently removed from their birth parents.

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