Government finds £20 million for council cooperation on children’s services

October 14, 2017 1 comment

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The government is to make up to £20 million available to encourage different children’s services departments to cooperate with each other. Children’s Minister Robert Goodwill made the announcement at a social work conference in Bournemouth this week. A resulting series of “regional improvement alliances” between neighbouring authorities will be focused on sharing best practice and…

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Adoption, child support, divorce and more

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August 11, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Over £52 million has now been released through the Adoption Support Fund, which has helped 22,000 children, the Department for Education has announced. The fund, which was launched across England in May 2015, has reached almost 18,000 homes, providing “much-needed emotional support”. Announcing the success of the fund, Minister for…

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Goodwill for children’s minister?

June 14, 2017 2 comments

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Yorkshire MP Robert Goodwill is likely to be appointed Children’s Minister in the ongoing cabinet reshuffle, Children & Young People Now has reported. The former MEP and government whip has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby since 2005. Her currently serves as the Minister of State for Skills but according to…

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Labour: government is ‘obsessed with adoption’

December 19, 2016 4 comments

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The government is “obsessed” with adoption, a Labour Minister has claimed. Shadow Children’s Minister Emma Lewell-Buck said the government had spent a “staggering amount” of time and money on adoption and had prioritised it “to the detriment of all other forms of care”. The MP for South Shields spoke as the controversial Children and Social…

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Government supports plans for social work organisation

November 9, 2016 1 comment

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Minister of State for Children and Families Edward Timpson has come out in support of plans to create a new professional body for social workers. The Tory MP for Crewe and Nantwich said he was keen to help social workers develop their “professional identity”, Children & Young People Now reports. The Minister explained: “I know…

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Trust to take over children’s services

October 7, 2016 1 comment

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An independent trust is to take over the children’s services department of at a West Midlands council. Edward Timpson, the Minister of State for Children and Families, has ordered Sandwell Council to make plans for the transition by December 1. His letter follows the publication of a report by a government commissioner who had concluded…

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Government to assess foster care

July 12, 2016 1 comment

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The government has announced plans to assess current arrangement for foster care across the country. Speaking at the annual conference of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), Edward Timpson said he hoped a “stocktake” would help to improve provision. The Tory MP for Crewe and Nantwich has been Children’s Minister since May last…

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Chief social worker ‘quiet’ says MP

May 27, 2016 0 comments

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The Chief Social Worker for Children is “too quiet”, an MP has claimed. Tim Loughton is Tory MP for East Worthing and Shoreham and a former minister. He now chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children. Speaking to Children & Young People Now, Loughton said he felt “frustrated” by Isabelle Trowler’s “below the radar” approach…

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