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Alternative care approach saved council more than £800,000 by keeping families together

Blackburn with Darwen DCS Linda Clegg says an early intervention project that helps families stay together has saved the council more than £800,000

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DfE to more than treble funding for innovative children’s social work

October 31,2014

Children’s minister Edward Timpson says the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme will get £100m in 2015/16

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Child sexual exploitation is the ‘norm’ in parts of Greater Manchester, warns inquiry

October 30,2014

Stockport MP Ann Coffey’s inquiry also criticises local safeguarding children boards for avoiding the issue and independent children’s homes for flouting government guidance

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Charity shares early findings for helping transitions for young people with complex needs

October 31,2014

Deafblind charity Sense says transitions into adulthood often go wrong when not enough time and resources have been put into managing them

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Social workers hit with 11% increase in referrals to children’s services

October 30,2014

Latest government figures show increase in demand for children's social care is largest for a number of years

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Life after leaving care: ‘There’s always something to fight for’

October 30,2014

As National Care Leavers' Week draws to a close, Kyle Simmons speaks about his "mediocre" time in care and how he wants to help improve the service for others

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‘Reducing social worker visits to long-term foster placements misses the point’

October 30,2014

Paul Adams, fostering development consultant at BAAF, says social worker consistency and approaches matters more than the number of visits

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ADCS president blasts Ofsted inspections for their ‘corrosive’ effect

October 29,2014

Alan Wood tells conference poor Ofsted ratings "leave a scar" on children's services

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Alastair Gibbons will become Birmingham's executive director of children's services in February

Birmingham names new director of children’s services

October 29,2014

Alastair Gibbons recruited to replace Bernadette McNally, who quit the role before starting work

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‘I love being an adoptive dad’: Jack Ash on adoption, identity and Grayson Perry

October 29,2014

Jack Ash explains to Sally Donovan why he, his partner John and their adopted son Shea are taking part in tonight's Grayson Perry's Who Are You? and what identity means to them

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MPs brand police treatment of child sexual exploitation victims a “postcode lottery”

October 28,2014

Lack of trust means young victims are reluctant to ask the police for help, a cross-party group of MPs report

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Baby P: The Untold Story ‘A shocking catalogue of cover ups’

October 28,2014

A collection of reactions and thoughts expressed by social workers and other viewers during the BBC documentary 'Baby P: The Untold Story'

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Building the ‘future model of children’s social services’

October 28,2014

Community Care finds out how Achieving for Children is rethinking how children’s services work in two London boroughs

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How one charity plans to reduce child maltreatment by 70% by 2030

October 27,2014

WAVE Trust’s George Hosking outlines his ambitious plan to curb child maltreatment by 70% ahead of his talk at NCASC

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Tonight’s Baby P documentary must address the media and political witch hunt against social workers

October 27,2014

The author of The Story of Baby P: Setting the Record Straight lays out the three issues the BBC must tackle in this evening’s documentary

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Nominated officer sign off to be required before children placed in care voluntarily return home

October 24,2014

Sign off to be required when children have been in care for more than 20 days and going home is part of care planning decisions

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Social workers could only need to visit children in long-term foster care placements twice a year

October 23,2014

The change is many set out by the Department for Education in response to its consultation on improving permanence for looked-after children

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Life after leaving care: ‘There were times when I’ve rifled through bins’

October 23,2014

Care leaver Lee MacNeall reflects on his rocky journey from care to student union president and why care leavers need on-going support

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How does care leaver support in the UK compare with the rest of the world?

October 23,2014

The University of York's Mike Stein examines how support for British care leavers fares in comparison with those elsewhere in the world

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