Opinion

Early help must prove it cuts care demand

By Derren Hayes |

30 October 2018

Graham Allen's 2011 report Early Intervention: The Next Steps makes clear that the real savings from early help lay in its ability to reduce the numbers coming into care to such an extent that fewer high-cost residential facilities would be needed.

Funding and fairness key to schools debate

By John Freeman |

30 October 2018

The speech by shadow education secretary Angela Rayner to the Labour party conference was strong on principle - whatever your view of academies, she has come out strongly in support of a particular vision of education.

Remake the welfare state for children

By Kathy Evans |

30 October 2018

By the time you read this column, Budget Day will have come and gone.

State and charities must pool resources

By Anna Feuchtwang |

25 September 2018

I was recently one of the judges for the CYP Now Awards 2018 and was, as ever, impressed by the range of work being delivered.

Benefits of funded childcare need selling

By Derren Hayes |

25 September 2018

When searching for reasons for the low take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds in England, debate has focused on whether providers are being adequately remunerated to create sufficient places.

Civil Society Strategy avoids big youth issues

By Howard Williamson |

25 September 2018

Young people have been dreadfully neglected by the UK government, with a refusal to follow 2011's Positive for Youth with a new, or at least refreshed, youth strategy.

Climate change may spark youth movement

By Paul Ennals |

28 August 2018

Paul Ennals is the independent chair at two local safeguarding children boards.

Strategy must boost youth opportunities

By Derren Hayes |

28 August 2018

The government's long-awaited Civil Society Strategy recognises the "transformational impact that youth services and trained youth workers" can have on disadvantaged young people.

Walk in the shoes of those we work with

By Jackie Tiotto |

28 August 2018

Jackie Tiotto is director of children's services, Bexley Council.

Letters to the Editor: Youth work focus does not go far enough

By James Cathcart; Bob Reitemeier |

28 August 2018

Having a statement or policy on youth work, however limited, has been a long time coming. Not since Positive for Youth have we had a definitive refresh of the government's approach to young people, and it looks like the ongoing influence of the youth voice movement, and youth services lobby, has been heard in some quarters.