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Duration of care proceedings off target

By Derren Hayes |

30 October 2018

The time it takes care proceedings to be completed is rising and Cafcass chief Anthony Douglas says it is likely to continue.

EIF blueprint for the future of early help recommends better co-ordination of support for vulnerable families including long-term funding, a cross-government taskforce and commitment to evidence-based practice.

Councils are to trial giving social workers money to spend on practical help for families, such as a new fridge, short break or childcare. Experts say the funding will be targeted at children most at risk of care proceedings.

Government document offers advice on working around statutory guidance that is a barrier to good practice. Some leaders say it helps identify unnecessary duties, while others warn it dilutes protections for vulnerable children.

'Sleep-in' case: the implications

By Derren Hayes |

28 August 2018

Legal ruling highlights need for employment conditions for children's home staff to be reviewed, says LGA.

Ensuring care leaver provisions deliver

By Mark Riddell |

28 August 2018

Leaving care adviser Mark Riddell explains how local authorities can strengthen their local offers by engaging with key partner agencies.

Staying Put: solutions to the fall

By Derren Hayes |

31 July 2018

Experts explain how to reverse the decline in the number of fostered children in Staying Put places.

Barriers to measuring outcomes

By Derren Hayes |

31 July 2018

National outcomes framework would need to overcome a series of challenges to succeed, says Andrew Rome of Revolution Consulting.

Guide to contextual safeguarding

By Derren Hayes |

31 July 2018

A project will deliver contextual safeguarding in three councils. What is it and how does it work?

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.