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Councillors need to act now on child poverty

By Chloe Darlington |

24 April 2018

Child poverty was firmly on the agenda at the recent National Education Union conference.

Consign domestic abuse to the hall of shame

By Paul Ennals |

27 February 2018

Every now and again something in the world changes. After generations of people accepting one type of behaviour, something happens that moves the goal posts.

Children Act well-intentioned duty now unrealistic

By Jacky Tiotto |

28 November 2017

Often while walking between meetings my mind wanders back to the now familiar place it likes to pause: how to reconcile rising demand and reducing resource with high expectations that local authorities can and will minimise error in our child protection system.

Fears over universal credit demand action

By Paul Ennals |

28 November 2017

The impact on poor people of the rollout of universal credit - the minimum six-week delay in receiving the first payment, the reduced amount that most claimants receive, the frequent slide into debt - is well known. But its impact on child protection has been largely overlooked.

Any whiff of abuse must be reported

By John Freeman |

31 October 2017

Last month, I attended part of the IICSA hearings into Rochdale and Cyril Smith.

Learning lessons from the Grenfell tragedy

By Paul Ennals |

29 August 2017

When we think about our priorities for keeping vulnerable children safe, most of the time our minds turn to topics such as child protection services, thresholds, or child sexual exploitation.

'Uncertainty principle' key to child protection

By Jacky Tiotto |

29 August 2017

Uncertainty is an accepted feature of both Quantum physics and the protection of children from harm or the risk of harm.

Social mobility talk not matched by reality

By John Freeman |

26 July 2017

There is no doubt that the divide between the rich and the rest has become significantly greater over the past few years, with two seminal events along the way - the financial crash of 2007/08 and the election of the coalition government in 2010.

Goodwill's wider brief can join up child policy

By Derren Hayes |

26 July 2017

Silo working in national and local government, and the pubic sector more generally, is almost endemic.

Goodwill must heed the funding warnings

By Kathy Evans |

26 July 2017

It is still hard to assess the significance of the general election outcome for children and young people.