Length of care proceedings hits six-year high

By Nina Jacobs |

30 September 2019

The average time taken for care proceedings to complete has reached 33 weeks - a six-year high - according to the latest Ministry of Justice (MoJ) figures.

Ofsted inspections of children's services departments should focus more on the quality of practice, rather than processes, a review has recommended.

Independent trust outlines plans to save £14m

By Neil Puffett |

27 September 2019

An independent children's trust established to help improve failing services has set out plans to save £14m over the next four years following major overspends in its first 18 months.

Councils should review how well they are supporting schools to be inclusive of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), a report urges.

The commissioner appointed by the government to oversee the transfer of children's services in Northamptonshire to an independent trust is to leave the role.

Youth justice campaigners and councils have raised concerns that tough new laws to combat knife crime could lead to children being unnecessarily criminalised and imprisoned.

The latest edition of CYP Now looks at how practitioners working with disadvantaged young people are tapping into their hidden talents to help them overcome adverse childhood experiences.

A £1.9m research project has launched to find ways to better protect vulnerable children from threats such a child sexual exploitation (CSE) and county lines drug dealing.

Cafcass has 'not acted on any IRO referrals'

By Joe Lepper |

25 September 2019

Court advisory service Cafcass has not brought any legal proceedings on behalf of children in care despite referrals from independent reviewing officers (IROs) over the last decade, according to data obtained by campaigners.

Nearly half of youth clubs and community groups involving young people say their services are needed now more than ever but a lack of funding is making it harder to deliver activities than five years ago, research shows.