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| May 28, 2019
In 2017/18, councils spent £8.844bn on children's services compared with £8.476bn in 2016/17 - a rise of 4.3 per cent, according to statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
By Coram Children's Legal Centre
| May 03, 2019
What is summer born admission?
| April 30, 2019
Ombudsman criticises council over failures that led to boy with special educational needs being denied a year of full-time education.
The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimates that there were 1.2 million female and 713,000 male victims of domestic abuse in 2016/17, respectively 7.5 and 4.4 per cent of the total population.
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By Rachel Dickinson, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services 2019/20
| April 05, 2019
Boosting access to childcare for working parents has been a key government priority in recent years.
By George Hosking, chief executive and research director, WAVE Trust
In 2014-15, the all-party parliamentary group for conception to age two - the first 1,001 days, took six months' evidence from leading UK academics and practitioners, asking what should be key policies for a child's first 1,001 days of life....
By Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, Leader of the House of Commons
All those who believe that the period from conception to two is vital in shaping the course of a child's life should be greatly encouraged that more and more people in Westminster are agreeing with them.
By By Tom McBride, director of evidence, Early Intervention Foundation
The first 1,000 days of a child's life is a period of rapid physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, and an important phase for brain development. It's a time that lays the foundations for a happy, healthy and productive life....
| March 28, 2019
This case in the Court of Appeal found that a mother's consent to a care order had been secured by "oppressive behaviour" and warned that judges must be careful not to put unreasonable pressure on parties to care proceedings.
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