Child criminal exploitation ‘still not properly understood’, Ofsted warns

Local agencies still don’t fully understand the scale of and risks posed by “county lines” drug running and other forms of child criminal exploitation, and must learn lessons from past child sexual exploitation (CSE) cases if they...

Domestic violence protection notices and orders: what social workers need to know

This article comprises of excerpts taken from a new guide on Community Care Inform Adults about preventive and protective measures for victims of domestic violence. The guide is written by Maria Gray, a former Scotland Yard detective with 30 years’...

Charity Nation

Have you noticed the remarkable increase in charity appeals for a whole range of ‘good causes’ – medical, social and environmental? It would be hard to miss them I guess given that the BBC seems to have become the State collection box for a good...

Nurseries ‘£437m out of pocket’ as a result of Budget

The Chancellor’s Budget will cost the nursery sector a total of £437m next year due to increases in the national living wage and lack of action to reduce business rates and offer more money for funded places, according to evidence presented to...

Pace of children being taken into care accelerates

The number of children in care has risen to more than 75,000 for the first time, with the pace of increase accelerating, government figures show. The number of children being taken into care has risen by 2,830 in the space of 12 months.  Department...

Emotional wellbeing: drug use

User Voice has investigated drug use in the children and young people in secure estate, covering young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children’s homes. The report, commissioned by NHS England, was based on 16 focus...

Future of early help ‘under serious threat’

Services supporting families at an early stage in order to prevent child safeguarding issues are “under serious threat”, due to pressure on budgets as a result of rapidly rising numbers of children at risk of serious harm, and short-term...

Food Bank use rises significantly report The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network provided 658,048 emergency supplies to people in crisis between April and September 2018, a 13% increase on the same period in 2017. Read more. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to...

Policy briefings: children’s chances

The University of Sheffield has published a series of policy briefings on working against the challenges faced by children and ensuring they have the best possible chances in life. The four policy briefings cover: the effectiveness of early...

Stay A Little Longer by Bali Rai

This is a story that’s full of very difficult issues – issues that need to be handled with care and skill – but don’t, for a minute, let that put you off. In the hands of an experienced and outstanding young adult novelist like Bali Rai it doesn’t...