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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.

Children's services need clarity of accountability

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The government's proposals to transfer responsibility for children's social services in Doncaster from the local council to an independent trust have come under attack from Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones in her detailed response to the plans.

One small step for care, one giant leap required

  • Monday, April 29, 2013
The high-profile cases of children in residential care going missing and being sexually exploited in the past year have sent shockwaves through our society. Last week, the government responded by announcing some important reforms.

Children's home system is in urgent need of care

The government's welcome resolve to tackle child sexual exploitation in the wake of the notorious Rochdale child-grooming ring has, inevitably, opened a can of worms over the treatment of children in residential care.

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