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Free School Meals and Universal Credit – update

Hitherto, the introduction of Universal Credit has not affected the eligibility of Free School Meals, and other child related benefits such as access to childcare benefits. The Government will integrate these benefits into Universal Credit over the period up to 2022. The Government's plans for Free School Meals has become a heavily contested issue in…

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Homelessness Reduction Act 2017

The Homelessness Reduction Act received Royal Assent in April 2017 and will commence in April 2018. The Act places a new duty on local authorities to help prevent the homelessness of all families and single people, regardless of priority need, who are eligible for assistance and threatened with homelessness.

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DfE commissioned Foster Care Review

There are 50,000 children in England in foster care at any point in time. Foster carers are selected by local government which assesses the children and funds the places. DfE has published a review of foster care. Proposals include: giving a greater voice in decision-making to the foster child; allowing foster carers to act more…

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Rough Sleeping and Homelessness in Ireland

A recent briefing by LGiU into rough sleeping in England has prompted an update on the situation in Ireland. In this companion piece we look at Ireland, where homelessness figures still remain lower, but are rising at a much higher rate.

Ireland
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Mental health support in UK schools

Place2Be recently published a report which found that school capacity and confidence to commission mental health and counselling services are perceived by those working in the field was as almost as big a barrier to further development as funding. Here, we explore this report.

Scotland
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DfE consultation Children and Social Work Act: social work regulation

DfE and DHSC are consulting on the framework for regulating all social workers in England under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (close of consultation 21 March). Issues covered are entry, professional development and fitness to practice and oversight of the profession.

England & Wales
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Health and social care round up: February 2018

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.

England & Wales
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Mental health support in UK schools

The Place2Be published a study on the provision of mental health services to children and adolescents during the February 2018 Children’s Mental Health Week and found that school capacity and confidence to commission mental health and counselling services are perceived by those working in the field (both schools and psychotherapy services) as almost as big…

England & Wales