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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.

Free childcare scheme needs more investment

The government's free childcare offer for disadvantaged two-year-olds is both laudable and much needed. But that alone will not guarantee its success. Concerns about implementation of the initiative - which is meant to provide 15 hours of free childcare per week for the 130,000 most disadvantaged two-year-olds - have been around for some time. In the spring, the government's own figures showed a quarter of the expected number of places had yet to be created.

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.

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