Opinion

Co-production vital across child services

By Howard Williamson |

26 September 2017

The first session of this year's Conservative Party conference is set to focus on education, housing and political participation. All three policy issues have, in recent years, under the same party's watch, produced deep fissures of concern, pushing many young people to the margins and causing anxiety, frustration and sometimes alienation. At the heart of this lies a dramatic deterioration in the subjective emotional wellbeing of children and young people, who are struggling to find out where they fit in the modern world. The Children's Society Good Childhood report 2017 is testament to that.

National safety net for SEND funding needed

By Derren Hayes |

26 September 2017

There are few more emotive issues than school funding. The government was reminded of this earlier in the year when, in the run-up to the general election, it was forced to backtrack on plans for a national funding formula over concerns the changes would see many schools lose money. To address this, the government pledged in the summer an extra £1.3bn from existing Department for Education coffers to plug the hole in the schools budget. It means that under the revised national formula, published in September (News, p4), every school will now receive a per-pupil funding rise. Few would argue that the formula needed changing, but questions remain about whether its replacement will solve the current crisis.

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.

Tackling child poverty can solve funding crisis

By Derren Hayes |

29 August 2017

A decade since the first edition of Children & Young People Now, the financial equation facing children's services has changed dramatically.

'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.

Political leaders must back young people

By Anna Feuchtwang |

29 June 2017

The country is still coming to terms with what a minority government means - once again shifting public opinion has shaken up political certainties.

Youth turnout was reaction to Brexit verdict

By Howard Williamson |

29 June 2017

So the British people have spoken. We have another Conservative government - but only just.