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‘Putting your head above the parapet’ and ‘silo busting’ are two of the categories in the new Scottish Social Services Awards, launched today. Highlighting the commitment of the people in this sector, the awards acknowledge innovation, joined up thinking and a willingness to speak up for vulnerable people. Other categories…
The Department of Health published a statistical bulletin summarising information on care leavers in the north of Ireland who left care during the year ending 31 March 2016. Care Leavers Aged 16–18 some two thirds (67%) of care leavers aged 16-18 had GCSEs or other qualifications. The proportion of care…
A family and friends foster carer who took on three vulnerable children after their mother was unable to care for them, failed to get council support for the arrangement for six years. Now, following an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO), LB Tower Hamlets has been asked to provide…
Many inspirational figures in popular culture – from Harry Potter to Superman – were fostered, adopted or institutionalised as youngsters. Wider recognition of this could help to dispel prejudice against children in care, claimed poet, dramatist, broadcaster and activist Lemn Sissay when he launched a major student conference at the…
A review of services for children and young people in Shetland has found evidence of significant improvement following an earlier inspection. Inspectors recently returned to the Shetland Community Planning Partnership to assess progress made following an inspection in July 2015 which identified an area of concern which needed improvement. To…
Thousands of new childcare places for young children are to be created under a £50 million scheme, ministers have announced. The move will help to deliver a Government pledge to offer three and four-year-olds in England 30 hours of free care a week, according to the Department for Education (DfE).…
More than 300 vulnerable young people waited more than a year for mental health treatment, figures have revealed. Analysis of Information Services Division Scotland data by Scottish Labour shows that 315 young people waited 53 weeks or more to begin treatment for child and adolescent mental health services in the…
Three sisters whose parents did not give them names have been taken into care following family court hearings. The eldest girl has been adopted and the younger girls placed for adoption. Detail has emerged in a judge's ruling published on a legal website. Judge Sarah Lynch said she had been…
New sites for the Scottish Government's pilot projects on different models of childcare have been announced as part of its bid to double free provision. All three and four-year-olds in Scotland, as well as vulnerable two-year-olds, are entitled to 600 hours of free childcare every year, up from 412.5 hours…
There is "overwhelming" support for the Scottish Government's plan to cut the number of children in poverty to 10% or less by 2030. The Government consulted on its plan to bring in statutory income targets and the majority of the 119 respondents agreed, with 94% in favour of making an…
Police and social services staff have come under fire from a High Court judge who said there were systemic flaws in a joint investigation relating to two children. Mr Justice Cobb made "many criticisms" of the investigation by West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. He outlined concerns in…
The Government is paying for its 30-hour childcare giveaway by "stealing" from state-run nurseries, an MP has said. Free care given to three and four-year-olds is set to double from the current 15 hours next year. But MPs have warned that nursery schools will not be able to afford the…