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Archive | October, 2010

Social worker training not up to handling parental alcohol misuse

The Children’s Society and Alcohol Concern have a joint conference coming up on 2 November focusing on children of parents with alcohol problems.According to the charities, professionals are often inadequately trained to help children who are victims of their parents’ alcohol abuse.The conference comes just after the charities’ publication of Swept Under the Carpet, which [...]

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Loughton announces revised care leavers regulations and guidance

Children’s minister Tim Loughton today launched revised regulations and care planning guidance for those working with looked-after children and care leavers. The guidance has been streamlined and cut by 7,000 words, Loughton said, speaking at the annual Leaving Care Conference. He said the guidance had cut bureaucracy and would help free up social workers to spend more time working directly with children in [...]

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More families to benefit from Family Nurse Partnerships

At the moment, around 6,000 families have benefited from Family Nurse Partnerships and the government has pledged to double that number by 2015, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today. The news follows the government’s announcement last week that it plans to recruit an additional 4,200 health visitors in the same period.The FNP programme has been [...]

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Why the abolition of the YJB could be a golden opportunity…

Interesting blog from Rod Morgan in which the former head of the Youth Justice Board explains why he will not be in mourning when the organisation is ceremoniously burnt on the government’s quango bonfire. If ministers are courageous, Morgan says, then the YJB’s abolition “could be part of a radical, positive change of policy direction”.

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A fair start for disabled children

Personalisation would offer a more suitable a straightforward solution for families with disabled children and should be rolled out on a wider scale, according to a report published this week by the University of Birmingham and The Centre for Welfare Reform. A Fair Start: A Personalised Pathway for Disabled Children and their Families says government [...]

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Channel 4′s Dispatches next week: Britain’s Street Kids

A date for your diaries: Dispatches on Monday 1st November 8pm will explore the hidden world of young runaways and evicted teenagers, “giving them a voice for the first time, and celebrating their extraordinary ability to fend for themselves.” Over six months, Channel 4′s cameras followed four teenagers sleeping rough to expose the crisis facing Britain’s [...]

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Baby P serious case review publication puts Sharon Shoesmith “back in spotlight”

…Well, does it really? I mean the Independent is saying so, but it’s one of those funny things where she’s in the spotlight because people are simply saying she’s in the spotlight. Oh, the self-referential world of the media..And then there’s the Sun’s characteristically balanced, well-researched and thoughtful coverage to consider (I just threw up [...]

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Baby P serious case reviews to be published today

CommCare has confirmed with Haringey council that the full serious case review around the Baby P (Peter Connelly) case is due to be released today. We’re still chasing the local safeguarding children board about the timing of the release, but in the meantime, have a look at this BBC report saying that details of a [...]

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Pupil premium cash to be taken from DfE cuts

Michael Gove has admitted that the Department for Education has had to make cuts in order to fund the £2.5bn pupil premium, reports have said. It isn’t new money.Some schools, Gove said, will be taking a cut in a funding redistribution to allow extra payments to schools taking additional pupils from the poorest homes. What [...]

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Vetting and barring set for major review

The vetting and barring system for those working with children is set for a major review, the Home Office has revealed. The review is going to look into whether the scheme is the best way to protect children and vulnerable people and, if so, which roles it should cover.The BBC has broken down the review [...]

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