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David Jones became chair of Independent LSCB chairs in July.

Safeguarding chair accuses government policies of creating risk for children

David Jones speaks to Community Care about dangerous government policies, serious case reviews and his vision for LSCB chairs

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Most councils in England are not measuring the scale of child neglect

August 20,2014

Research by Action for Children has found that most local authorities have no system for counting the number of neglected children

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Cameron announces funding boost and extra support for troubled families and adoption

August 18,2014

Councils will be able to apply for funding to speed up adoption processes, while 500,000 ‘troubled’ families will receive intensive support

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Sharon Shoesmith joins Community Care Live line up

August 20,2014

The Community Care Live Children and Families 2014 conference has opened for registration

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Lamb: Children’s mental health system ‘not fit for purpose’

August 20,2014

Minister says NHS England and Department of Health taskforce will ‘find best solution’ to service failures

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How new civil prevention orders could improve child safeguarding practice

August 15,2014

Councils and Local Safeguarding Children Boards described as best places to enforce new and improved civil prevention orders

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Social workers don’t understand probation and youth offending roles, report finds

August 14,2014

Inspection found children's social workers do not recognise the child safeguarding expertise that probation staff possess

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Insisting on foster care ignores the fear and pain felt by children

August 14,2014

Residential care is usually the best option for children whose family lives have been blighted by pain and fear, writes Adrian Zakrzewski

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Children facing ‘unacceptable’ delays for mental health care, say council leaders

August 13,2014

Council leaders believe only overhaul of children's mental health system can now ensure improvement

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Care applications reached all time high in July, Cafcass reveals

August 13,2014

Cafcass received 1,013 care applications in July, the highest number ever recorded in a single month

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Social work faces knock-on effect from youth service cut backs

August 13,2014

BASW warns that social services may face more pressure after a Unison report highlights extent of youth work cuts

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Community social work is still “alive and kicking”

August 12,2014

A winning image from Community Care's photography competition captures the success of a social work student's outreach project

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Foster carers to get training to enhance children’s educational prospects

August 11,2014

London training scheme seeks to help 2,000 foster carers and teaching staff raise the educational aspirations and achievement of fostered children

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Ofsted praises record-breaking improvements at Cambridgeshire children’s services

August 8,2014

Cambridgeshire children's services jumps from 'inadequate' to 'good' in its latest Ofsted inspection

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Serious failures identified in children’s social services in Buckinghamshire

August 8,2014

Ofsted says council bosses failure to prioritise children’s services is a roadblock to improvements

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Four out of 10 asylum seekers cannot afford to feed their children, warns charity

August 8,2014

More than 10,000 asylum seeking children are being pushed into poverty by asylum support freeze, warns The Children's Society

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Young offender institution compared to Lord of the Flies

August 6,2014

Damning inspection of Glen Parva prison is one of a sequence of reports revealing serious concerns about young offender institutions

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It will now be easier for service users to register complaints about social services, Wales social services say

Wales updates systems for making complaints about social services

August 1,2014

The move brings the complaints process for social services in Wales along the same lines as the NHS

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Plans for child social worker gold standard unclear and unfinished

August 1,2014

The Department for Education's new status for social workers remains a work in progress with little clarity of benefits of the scheme

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