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CYP Now top 10 stories September 2018

By Neil Puffett |

28 September 2018

With MPs returning from their summer break and local authorities beginning preparations for next year's budgets, it has been a busy month in the sector. Here is a run-down of the most-read stories published on the CYP Now website in September.

Negative views of looked-after children are commonplace among teachers, with many labelling them "problem children", a survey has found.

Spending on children in care exceeds £4bn for first time

By Neil Puffett |

27 September 2018

The amount spent by councils supporting children who have been taken into care is set to rise by more than £370m this year, breaking the £4bn barrier for the first time.

Councils will be able to use government money to send struggling families on holiday as part of efforts to reduce record numbers of children going into care, it has emerged.

Children's social care services risk unnecessarily separating children from disabled parents through misunderstanding their conditions and weak joint working with adult services, research has claimed.

Labour pledges support for victims of domestic abuse

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

24 September 2018

Victims of domestic abuse will be allowed up to 10 days of paid leave so they can access support, Labour has said.

Local authorities have called on the Department for Education to urgently clarify the legality of controversial guidance amid claims it encourages councils to renege on statutory child protection obligations.

A scheme that links police with schools to offer early help to children exposed to domestic abuse is to be rolled out across England and Wales.

Multi-agency unit to tackle 'county lines' crime launches

By Neil Puffett |

21 September 2018

A £3.6m unit to tackle "county lines" crime where gangs from urban areas exploit children to establish drug-dealing networks in rural areas has launched.

The worst council cuts are still to come, with more than £900m of reductions set to be made next year affecting children's services, early years, and youth services, the organisation representing county councils has warned.