Free childcare is ‘economic suicide’

March 8, 2017 0 comments

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Participating in the extended free childcare scheme later this year would be “economic suicide” a nursery owner has claimed. From September parents of preschool children will become entitled to 30 hours of government-funded childcare per week, twice the current entitlement. But many nurseries and daycare providers have complained that the hourly funding rates on offer…

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Council exemption plans dropped by government

March 3, 2017 1 comment

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The government has abandoned draft legislation which would have allowed local councils to opt out of their child protection duties. The plans were included in the Children and Social Bill currently making its way through Parliament. They were intended to allow ministers to explore the value of outsourcing and consolidation in child protection services but…

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Young carers ‘missing out’

January 19, 2017 0 comments

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Many younger carers miss out on out official support because they are afraid of social services, a report has claimed. Children and teens who have caring responsibilities towards family members may fear being taken into the care system if social workers become aware of the family’s situation the Department for Education report suggests. They are…

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Children’s homes ‘cannot substantiate’ protection claims

January 6, 2017 1 comment

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Children’s homes who say they make active efforts to protect residents from child sexual exploitation may not be able to substantiate such claims according to the Department for Education (DfE). In a new report, researchers from the DfE interviewed staff from ten such homes. Four were reviewed in depth. Interviewees said children at risk were…

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Social worker accreditation comes into focus

December 23, 2016 0 comments

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A new accreditation system for social workers will not be universally introduced until 2019, the Department for Education has announced. The scheme will make its debut on  voluntary basis at 31 council fora two year period from early 2017, according to the Department for Education. Amongst the councils set to trial the plans will be…

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One in ten adoptions by gay couples

December 12, 2016 1 comment

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Same sex couples now make up almost ten per cent of those who adopt children in England, new figures have revealed. As many as 450 children were adopted by gay couples in the year ending 31 March. This was revealed by the Department for Education’s (DfE) latest statistics on adoptions and looked after children. Although…

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Surge in children’s centre closures

December 9, 2016 0 comments

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The number of children’s centres closing nearly doubled in 2015, official figures reveal. Closures have increased every year since 2011. Twelve centres shut down that year, 27 followed in 2012 and 33 closed in 2013. The following year, this number jumped to 85 and last year 156 centres closed their doors permanently. The centres were…

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Exam requirements fuelling nursery staff recruitment crisis

November 30, 2016 1 comment

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Nursery staff should not need good GCSE grades in order to qualify, the National Day Nurseries Association has claimed. Daycare and nursery staff require a minimum of a grade C in English and Maths GCSEs in order to complete their professional training, but the ‘early years’ sector is suffering from a recruitment crisis and the…

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Staffing for the Child Poverty Unit slashed by half

November 15, 2016 0 comments

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The government has admitted cutting staffing levels for the Child Poverty Unit by more than half. The Unit works to address welfare issues amongst children from poorer families and is jointly sponsored by three departments; the Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education. In response to a question in the…

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