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Spending on children's services was slashed by nearly £1 billion under David Cameron, according to Labour. The party's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner expressed concern, saying the Local Government Association has forecast that children's services face a £2 billion funding gap by 2020. Labour said Education Department figures showed spending…
A Tory former children's minister has demanded assurances from the Government that children's social care is being treated with the same level of importance as the care of adults. Tim Loughton cited rising numbers of children in care and higher thresholds for intervention as causes for his concern. Councils have…
The First Minister of Scotland has given a prestigious lecture at the University of Strathclyde, on children’s services and the rights of children. Nicola Sturgeon delivered the 14th Kilbrandon Lecture at the University’s Barony Hall on Thursday 23 November. In her lecture, Ms Sturgeon outlined her vision for securing the…
A High Court judge has raised concern after being told that social services staff could not find a unit which could take an "extremely aggressive" 15-year-old girl who he said should be in secure accommodation. Mr Justice Hayden has described the girl, who is in the care of a Greater…
This report provides an overview of the evaluation of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme in England 2014 to 2016. The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme aimed to: increase the quality of services so that children who need help from the social care system have better life chances help local…
A woman who grew up in care has won a prestigious award for her documentary about young people in the care system. Rebecca Southworth, who graduated from the University of Salford’s BA Television and Radio (BATAR) programme with a first class degree in 2015, has won a Royal Television Society…
Cardiff University has been chosen as the research partner in a £4.85m initiative to help improve the lives of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. The Department for Education has named the University’s Children’s Social Care Research Development Centre (CASCADE) - based in the School of Social…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has been commissioned by Welsh Government to undertake a large scale evaluation of outcomes for looked after children including: A comparison of intended and actual placement outcomes for all children who came into care over a one year period A…
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