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Care experience central to England review

The new government has committed to conduct a review of the children’s care system. We are at a pivotal point: 30 years on from the game-changing 1989 Children Act, this review will either go down in history as being another major turning point or a damp squib.

We need renewed focus on support for 0-5s

Early this year two interesting news items emerged: the announcement of an extra £165m for the Troubled Families programme, and that 2020 is the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife”.

Three key issues of the 2010s to fix in the 2020s

The new government will need to solve quickly a number of longstanding issues affecting vulnerable children and families if it is to offer a more optimistic outlook for a children’s sector worn down by a decade of austerity.

Prioritise help for homeless young people

Housing charity Shelter released some worrying statistics in early December, highlighting the number of children expected to be homeless or living in temporary accommodation over Christmas would hit a 12-year high.

Trust young people to make their vote count

With the general election looming, our thoughts turn to prospects for the future and as the old joke about someone asking the way goes “if I were you, I would not start from here!”

Trial shows votes at 16 is a verdict to support

I undertook jury service at the Old Bailey earlier this year. The case I adjudicated on was not a conventional trial, but deciding if the country is ready to lower the voting age to 16 for all UK elections.

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