Social workers to be given direct spending powers to support families

Social workers are to be handed devolved budgets to directly support families and be located in schools, as part of two pilot schemes aimed at reducing the need for children to be taken into care. What Works...

Domestic abuse bill ‘missed chance’ to protect children, warns NSPCC

New laws to tackle domestic abuse do not go far enough to protect children, a charity has warned. The NSPCC says the draft Domestic Abuse Bill, published today, has missed an opportunity to recognise all...

DfE ‘failing to understand’ rising children’s social care demand

The government has been criticised by the National Audit Office for failing to understand why demand for children’s social care is increasing. Since 2010 the number of children taken into care has risen...

Minister admits lack of progress for Traveller pupils

Government progress on supporting the educational needs of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) children has remained “flat” over the past five years, the children’s minister has admitted...

DfE faces legal action over ‘misleading’ safeguarding guidance

The Department for Education could face legal action for publishing guidance that might lead local authorities to break laws protecting vulnerable children, a charity has claimed. Children’s rights...

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