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Police officers and youth workers should be based in schools to help protect pupils from violence, according to the children's commissioner for England.

Early Help: Policy context

| August 27, 2019

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) defines early intervention as identifying and providing early support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes - such as mental health problems - poor academic attainment, or involvement in crime or antisocial behaviour.

Amid reforms and challenges, Charlotte Goddard identifies entry-level requirements and continuing professional development for roles in the children and young people's workforce.

Northamptonshire's children's services' have been rated inadequate again after inspectors found multiple failings - including children being placed in unsafe care settings.

Gavin Williamson has been appointed Education Secretary just two months after being sacked as Defence Secretary.

Children's services leaders are calling on the government to deliver a coordinated and sustainably funded knife crime strategy, which puts child protection and safeguarding at the top of the agenda.

Building on the impact of the Troubled Families programme can be vital for securing the future of early help in upcoming spending review.

Commissioning: Predictive analytics

By Toni Badnall-Neill

| June 25, 2019

Commissioners are using systems that predict need to shape service design and funding allocation, says Toni Badnall-Neill.

The government has failed to address the question of dire education outcomes for children in need due to the "absolute paralysis" of Brexit, the children's commissioner for England has warned.

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.

Vulnerable families will be offered extra support from social workers and mental health specialists as part of a £15m government programme to prevent children being taken into care.

Amid the debate over how to tackle rising levels of youth violence, the government has unveiled plans for a youth charter and review of youth workers' qualifications to help them meet young people's needs.

A funding boost of at least £3.1bn is needed to stem a children's services crisis in England, a cross-party group of MPs has warned.

An evaluation of the government's Troubled Families programme suggests it has helped cut care rates by a third as councils invested millions in early help. With the scheme due to end, leaders say the funding must continue.

Unlocked Graduates is a training scheme designed to get more talented people working in prisons. Two of the first participants to enter the youth secure estate share their experiences with CYP Now.