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Legal Update: Caring for refugee children

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  • Monday, September 28, 2015
Kamena Dorling, policy and programmes manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the UK government's response to the refugee crisis and foster care provision for refugee children.

Focus on market risks losing sight of the child

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  • Monday, September 28, 2015
There has been the scent of revolution in the air recently. First, Jeremy Corbyn won a landslide Labour leadership election on an anti-austerity ticket that was the antithesis of New Labour (Analysis, p10). Then the man he hopes to one day replace in Downing Street, David Cameron, used a speech on the "smarter state" to outline the government's intention to pick up the pace of reform in children's services by handing "failing" children's social care services to third-party providers (Analysis, p8).

Opinion: Learning by doing has more impact than learning by rote

Here's an admission: I've recently come to the view that what I've believed for a long time about how I work is, if not wrong, woefully incomplete. Worse, I've always known this, subconsciously, but have ignored it because it did not fit my prejudices. For years, I have been promoting the need to understand the legal basis of what we do. I am one of the sad people to have read the year 2000 study on the law of education and the role of the local authority, from preface to appendices. I was one of the few students attending the lectures on education law during my Postgraduate Certificate in Education course.

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