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The way in which government commissions services is one of the biggest threats facing the voluntary sector, according to the head of one of the UK's leading youth charities.

Accusations of harming young people are the main reason why adults in Scotland do not volunteer, a report by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People has found.

The private sector is out of the loop in local early years partnerships and training, a study by theChildren's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has found.

'Wet' social workers report rejected

By Sarah Cooper |

23 October 2007

The General Social Care Council (GSCC) is to go back to the drawing board after children's professionals slammed its report on the role of social workers as "wet".

Having social workers operating from independent social work practices will make working together with other professionals more difficult, a leading expert has warned.

The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) is developing advice for councillors in charge of children and young people's services.

Councils should create consultant social worker positions, according to a Conservative policy commission set up to look at the future of social workers.

Increased workloads are making health visitors more stressed and demoralised, a health visitors' union has said.

A trial using ID cards to help make criminal record checks on people who want to work with children and young people has been hailed a success by the government.

More than half of England's local authorities are failing to pay foster carers enough to cover their costs, forcing them to dip into their own pockets or see the children they care for go without, according to research.