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| May 25, 2018
Crisis support schemes run by local authorities are failing to operate effectively with increasing numbers of families turning instead to food banks and other voluntary agencies for help, a report has found.
By Nina Jacobs
Childcare providers face a funding shortfall of more than £500m for delivering government childcare initiatives, a study has found.
The Department for Education is looking to boost support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by overhauling the way they are assessed in schools.
| May 24, 2018
Councils should invest more money in upgrading technology and appoint dedicated administrators so children's social workers can spend more time supporting families, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has said.
Former Work and Pensions Secretary reveals concerns over Troubled Families programme; charity calls for action to protect children who live stream content on social media; and mother jailed for forcing daughter to marry a relative, all in the news today.
| May 23, 2018
Support for care leavers must be improved and the process for receiving benefits simplified to ensure they do not become homeless or have to share accommodation with troubled adults, a report by a government advisory body has concluded.
The government has named Prince's Trust chief executive Dame Martina Milburn as its preferred choice to chair the Social Mobility Commission.
Efforts to reduce sugar levels yet to have impact on "sweet treats"; study finds grammar schools do not offer social or emotional advantages; and struggling county council to receive help with children's services from three other councils, all in the news today.
| May 22, 2018
A council has been praised by inspectors for averting a decline in the performance of its children's services due to rising demand and budget cuts.
By Tristan Donovan
The chair of parliament's education select committee is making a bid to give the Social Mobility Commission more teeth.
Children's services in Darlington have risen from "inadequate" to "requires improvement" after Ofsted inspectors found "considerable" progress at the local authority.
| May 21, 2018
Efforts will be made to set up Scout groups in 500 more deprived areas, and trial provision for children under the age of six as part of a new five-year strategy, the Scout Association has said.
By Joe Lepper
A government-commissioned study has concluded that children should continue to receive dual representation during care proceedings, despite increasing demands on resources.
| May 18, 2018
Poor understanding of childhood gender dysphoria among social workers and a lack of specialist training on the issues has resulted in transgender children and their families suffering discrimination within the child protection system, a study has found.
Government study finds negligible impact of delaying school start for summer-born children; senior doctor questions usefulness of 10-minute appointments for children with mental health problems; and primary school stages its own "royal wedding", all in the news today.
| May 17, 2018
An evaluation has found no evidence that children's social workers who qualify via the fast-track Step Up to Social Work programme are more committed or confident than those who enter the profession via mainstream university courses.
Too many councils are not providing special guardians with the support they are entitled to, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has warned.
One in three councils are yet to consider how they will replace local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) with new arrangements for multi-agency working, a study has found.
| May 16, 2018
A government-backed initiative to improve the quality of children's social care has said it wants to team up with "pioneer councils" to test new approaches and help ensure evidence of good work is being shared across the sector.
A council's children's services have been rated "inadequate" for a second time in the space of four years after inspectors found that vulnerable children continue to be left at risk of harm.
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