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British Youth Council presses government for action on bus travel costs
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:02:23 +0100
The British Youth Council is calling on the government to take action to help young people with the cost of bus travel and protect transport budgets from further cuts.
Children’s workforce recognised in birthday honours list
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:56:00 +0100
Contact a Family chief executive Srabani Sen is among a raft of children’s charity bosses honoured in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Daily roundup: Childcare in schools, perinatal mental health and domestic abuse
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:50:00 +0100
Minister moots late opening schools plan; report warns of postcode lottery for perinatal mental health, and serious case review identifies missed opportunities, all in the news today.
Youth work report highlights national challenges
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:07:00 +0100
The coalition government’s youth strategy is beset with poor-quality commissioning and a failure to recognise the benefits of a universal service, a report claims.
Cable launches probe into zero-hours job contracts
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:41:17 +0100
The government is to investigate employment contracts taken up by thousands of young people that guarantee neither pay nor hours to employees.
Ofsted unveils tougher child protection inspections
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:00:00 +0100
Child protection and looked-after children's services will be deemed ‘inadequate’ even if just part of their work is failing, under plans unveiled by Ofsted to toughen up inspections.
Childminders deemed key to two-year-old offer
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:15:00 +0100
Councils should do more to recruit and support childminders in order to boost places for the free childcare entitlement for two-year-olds, a government report recommends.
Childcare funding must reflect true costs, says Busy Bees Benefits
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:30:00 +0100
The government needs to increase the amount it will offer to parents towards childcare costs because its calculations are out of date, childcare voucher provider Busy Bees Benefits has warned.
Government bows to pressure on young carers' rights
Thu, 13 Jun 2013 11:12:00 +0100
Young carers are to get new rights after the government accepted calls for an amendment to the Children and Families Bill.
Legal aid changes could damage living conditions for young prisoners, YOTs warn
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:27:00 +0100
It will be harder for young people held in youth prisons to challenge their treatment and living conditions if planned changes to legal aid are pushed through, youth offending team (YOT) managers have warned.
Timpson rules out SEN reforms for children in custody
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:18:30 +0100
Special educational needs (SEN) reforms will not be extended to include children in custody, the children’s minister has confirmed.
GCSE proposals could disadvantage vulnerable pupils, fear experts
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:12:00 +0100
Children’s charities, education professionals and disability campaigners have raised fears that the government’s proposed reforms to GCSEs in England could increase the likelihood of disadvantaged young people failing in school.
DfE refunds £94m to councils for school support
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:48:57 +0100
The Department for Education is to pay £94m initially earmarked for academies back to local authorities to help fund school support services.
LGA and Barnardo's warn of 'reckless' adoption changes
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:20:36 +0100
The entire adoption system could be significantly damaged unless proposed reforms are reconsidered, Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association (LGA) have warned.
Study to develop psychological help for child burn victims
Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:34:00 +0100
A five-year research programme is to develop new approaches to helping the psychological recovery of child burn victims.
Royal colleges publish healthcare standards for young people in custody
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:02:00 +0100
A new set of UK-wide standards for the healthcare of children and young people in custody has been developed by a group of medical royal colleges.
Sport helps tackle youth crime, study finds
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:36:00 +0100
A sports activity programme has been extended to more cities after research found it was an effective way to engage marginalised young people and reduce youth crime.
Asset restructure boosts youth work in Derbyshire
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:05:00 +0100
Derbyshire County Council has agreed plans that will see £250,000 a year extra pumped into frontline youth work.
Labour's Byrne pledges to put childcare at heart of employment policy
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:30:00 +0100
Labour has signalled it will try to emulate Denmark in increasing childcare availability and affordability to encourage more women into work, if it is returned to power.
Independent reviewing officers are not challenging enough, says Ofsted
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:28:09 +0100
Officers employed by local authorities to review care plans are failing to make enough of a difference for looked-after children, a damning report has found.
Student care leavers let down by inconsistent support
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:59:00 +0100
Local authorities are failing to provide financial and practical support to many care leavers at university and higher education colleges, research has found.
Use of expert witnesses in family courts is on the slide, finds Cafcass
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:01:00 +0100
The use of expert witnesses in care proceedings cases, particularly independent social workers, has fallen radically over the last three years.
Gender identity disorder affects girls and boys equally, research shows
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:39:00 +0100
Male and female children are affected equally by gender identity disorder, the early results of a study suggest, countering the prevailing view that it is more common among boys.
Nutbrown joins early years professionals' joy over ratios rejection
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:43:41 +0100
The author of the government’s review of childcare qualifications is among early years professionals to express "relief" and "delight" over the decision to drop child-to-staff ratio reforms.
Clegg intervenes to sound death knell for ratios policy
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:39:00 +0100
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the government's proposed changes to childcare ratios were so fundamentally flawed that he felt compelled to intervene to stop them.
Government scraps plans to change child care ratios
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 18:19:00 +0100
The government has backed down over its controversial plans to change child-to-staff ratios in early years settings, CYP Now understands.
Child maintenance reforms will 'penalise single parents'
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:53:00 +0100
Proposals to reform the child maintenance system will leave many lone parents worse off, causing children's welfare to suffer, research suggests.
Fresh inquiry sees MPs investigate support for children in care
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:12:11 +0100
A group of MPs has launched an inquiry to examine whether looked-after children receive the support to which they are entitled.
Youth advice charity steps in to safeguard teenagers
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:17:00 +0100
Young people's advice charity Youth Access has launched a project to safeguard teenagers across England at risk of neglect and abuse – a group it believes is being let down by statutory services.
Free childcare offer could force paying parents to give up work
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:23:00 +0100
Parents who pay for childcare could be forced to leave their jobs because nurseries are diverting provision towards government-funded free places for disadvantaged two-year-olds, the first national director of Sure Start has warned.