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Implications of smacking ban

By Derren Hayes and Dr Louise Hill |

25 September 2018

Expert assesses whether a smacking ban will raise demand on children's services if adopted by the UK.

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.

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is nearing the end of its parliamentary passage in the Lords.

Derren Hayes speaks to Polly Neate, chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter.

Despite the Local Government Finance Bill failing to materialise, ministers are expected to resurrect plans for councils to generate all their income locally, with potentially dire results for children's services in some areas.

Legal Q&A: Testamentary guardianship

By Coram Children's Legal Centre |

27 July 2017

What is testamentary guardianship?

Legal Update: Child safeguarding and preventing radicalisation

By Coram Children's Legal Centre |

26 July 2017

A recent case in the High Court highlights the challenges of safeguarding children and the government's Prevent strategy

Legal Update: What Brexit will mean for children

By Frances Trevena |

26 July 2017

Frances Trevena, legal and policy manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, sets out the government's current position and proposals for the status of European children after the UK finally leaves the EU

Meeting of charity leaders to discuss the impact of Brexit on vulnerable children and families warns that the UK leaving the European Union could put children's rights, safeguarding and economic welfare at risk.

How to deliver better EHC plans

By Derren Hayes |

14 February 2017

Council for Disabled Children guidance for local authorities on producing education, health and care plans for SEND children.