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Progress in joint working must go on

The decision last week to strip the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) of government funding will inevitably raise concerns that any genuine "development" of the workforce will stall. A plan for how the Department for Education intends to take forward the quango's work is yet to be articulated.

Editorial: The biggest workforce changes are yet to come

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) last week issued a flurry of announcements to help develop the children and young people's workforce. Documents on next steps for the workforce, guidance on children's trusts, a framework for the management of children's services and England's first play strategy were all published on Thursday (see Analysis pp12-13).

Resilience prevails amid Osborne's bleak choices

Like a piercing, bitter English winter, Chancellor George Osbourne's "autumn statement" was eye-wateringly harsh. It is, without doubt, children and young people growing up in the most deprived households who are being asked to bear the brunt.

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