£50 million in new funding for childcare

January 11, 2017 0 comments

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£50 million in new childcare funding has been announced by Education Secretary Justine Greening. The newly unveiled money will be made available via grants to ‘early years’ care providers such as nurseries and pre-schools, for use upgrading their buildings and facilities in advance of the imminent increase in the amount of free childcare available to…

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£2 million for projects helping abused children

January 5, 2017 0 comments

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The Department for Education has announced £2 million in new funding for projects aimed at children who have suffered abuse of various kinds. Recipients include the Children’s Society, for a project based in Dorset which works with hundreds of young people who have experienced domestic violence and substance abuse by their parents. Chief operating officer…

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Government announces care home review

October 29, 2015 0 comments

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The government has announced a “comprehensive” review of children’s care homes. The review will, they insisted, “help put an end to a life of disadvantage for some of the most vulnerable children in care.” Residential care homes around the country are currently home to around 8,000 children and young people, at a total cost of…

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Resolution responds to call for more ‘pro bono’ work

June 25, 2015 0 comments

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Family law organisation Resolution has labelled Justice Secretary Michael Gove’s recent call for more pro bono work “not sustainable”. Former Education Secretary Michael Gove became Justice Secretary following last month’s general election. Speaking at a legal event earlier this week, he discussed the current state of the legal system in England and Wales, contrasting the…

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New Children’s Commissioner formally appointed

November 17, 2014 0 comments

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Anne Longfield OBE has been formally appointed to the role of Children’s Commissioner. The Chief Executive of family charity 4Children was named preferred candidate for the role earlier this month, and her appointment has now been confirmed by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. She will succeed current Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson in March next year. The…

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Charity Chief Executive selected for Children’s Commissioner

November 6, 2014 0 comments

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The Chief Executive of family charity 4Children has been selected as the ‘preferred candidate’ to become Children’s Commissioner in February next year. The Children’s Commissioner works to promote the interests of children, in conjunction with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, a non-departmental government body. The post was established under the Children Act 2004 and…

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New children’s social work standards announced

November 1, 2014 0 comments

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The government has announced plans for new children’s social work standards. Speaking at a national conference, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan insisted that the forthcoming standards would change the culture of children’s social work and encourage “the brightest and best to lead rather than leave the profession”. During her speech, the Tory MP for Loughborough referred…

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Children’s service privatisation plans “dead in the water”

July 24, 2014 0 comments

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Recently announced government plans to privatise children’s services are “dead in the water” following the departure of Michael Gove from the post of Education Secretary an MP has claimed. Occasionally controversial former minister Tim Loughton said the plans faced now faced a very uncertain future. The Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham in Sussex…

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Report calls for more rigorous social work training

February 14, 2014 4 comments

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Training for social workers should be made more rigorous, a new report has claimed. According to Making the education of social workers consistently effective, while some college courses are excellent, others have low entry requirements and provide inadequate training for children’s social work. The report also highlights the lack of consistent guidance on course contents,…

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