Opinion

PM has forgotten what diverts young offenders

By John Drew |

24 September 2019

The Prime Minister's recent law and order announcements are clearly intended to pave the way for a new debate on criminal justice in any forthcoming general election.

Accountability key to helping SEND pupils

By Derren Hayes |

24 September 2019

Good parent-worker dynamic vital for impact

By Merle Davies |

24 September 2019

Each November the Blackpool Centre for Early Child Development holds its annual conference for professionals and community members working with families in the town.

We must humanise youth justice system

By Alison O'Sullivan |

27 August 2019

Recent weeks have seen stark reminders of the shortcomings in our youth justice system.

Social workers in schools can prevent youth crime

By Derren Hayes |

27 August 2019

Research by What Works for Children's Social Care has identified the benefits of placing social workers in schools.

When care practice outflanks the law

By Andrew Webb |

27 August 2019

It is 30 years since the Children Act 1989 received Royal Assent and despite the fact it has not subsequently been repealed or even substantially amended, the current "crisis" in the care system suggests that practice has drifted away from two of its key principles: that the state should work in partnership with parents; and that if families can be supported without recourse to the law, they should be.

Letters to the Editor: Internship programme targets charity sector

By Trudy Kilcullen; Christopher Robertson; Jonathan Stanley |

27 August 2019

Contribution of health visitors is beyond words

By Derren Hayes |

30 July 2019

Just a few days before being replaced by Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary, Damian Hinds launched the Hungry Little Minds campaign - a three-year initiative to help parents improve the early literacy and language skills of pre-school children.

The importance of dads in the early years

By Merle Davies |

30 July 2019

During Mental Health Week, the Movember Foundation published its survey on new dads and there was some striking similarities with findings from a consultation we did with men in Blackpool about their experiences of being a new dad.

Time is the key in secure school reforms

By Nathan Ward |

30 July 2019

The government announced last month that Oasis Charitable Trust will operate the first secure school in the country on the current site of Medway Secure Training Centre (STC).