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In an interview with CYP Now, former children's minister Edward Timpson outlines his approach to new roles at Cafcass, the children's commissioner for England, school exclusions review and safeguarding practice panel.

Help for children of alcoholics

By Derren Hayes |

29 May 2018

Councils should create drop-in centres to support children whose parents misuse alcohol, says expert.

DCS turnover: beneath the data

By Derren Hayes |

29 May 2018

High turnover in children's services directors in the past year masks signs of increased stability.

Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's new director of social care, says the latest children's services inspection framework focuses more on frontline social work practice and uses data analysis to identify emerging problems.

Delays undermine asylum transfer scheme

By Derren Hayes |

24 April 2018

Campaigners back inspection report that shows funding and capacity concerns are delaying transfers of unaccompanied children.

More support for young carers

By Jane Payler and Dr Victoria Cooper |

24 April 2018

Study highlights challenges faced by children with seriously ill parents and the extra support needed.

It has taken four years to transfer most children with special educational needs and disabilities to a new support system. While parents appear satisfied with the process, campaigners have criticised the quality of some care plans.

Birmingham enters trust era

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

Getting out of "inadequate" by end of the year is the first target for Birmingham's new children's trust.

Review finds poor contact with birth families can cause identity problems, with report author calling for a culture change among practitioners. However, social work leaders say legislation should be revised to make contact easier.

Post-adoption support boost

By Derren Hayes |

27 February 2018

Freedom of Information data reveals extent of council "match funding" under Adoption Support Fund.