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Creating an anti-poverty childcare system – JRF report

There is an argument that public investment in early years education and childcare reduces poverty in the long term. Over the last 20 years there has been a significant public expansion in support for under 5s. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has looking at how this public expenditure can be better used to reduce poverty…

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Health, public health and social care round up: February 2016

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. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.

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The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

This report, by the independent taskforce commissioned by NHS England, sets out recommendations for improvements to mental healthcare to be made by 2020-21. Most apply to NHS organisations, but there are also recommendations for local government and health and wellbeing boards, particularly on prevention and forging mentally healthy communities.

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Loneliness and social isolation in older people

Feelings of loneliness and social isolation are particularly acute for older people. How can councils combat loneliness? This briefing summarises recent research on this critical issue and considers the effects of loneliness on health and services. It also looks at the evidence for different interventions.

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Ofsted re-inspection of inadequate local authorities: consultation

Ofsted is consulting (until 8 March) on proposals for a more proportionate approach to the re-inspection of local authorities judged to be inadequate by an inspection of children’s services under the single inspection framework (SIF). This is the CSN briefing on the consultation.

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Off-site alternative provision – Ofsted survey

Many schools use alternative provision to provide education for disaffected pupils for whom the mainstream curriculum is deemed not to be appropriate. Provision is wholly or partly off site. The Ofsted has reported on the commissioning, quality and outcomes of this provision and looks at how individual pupil needs can best be met and safeguarded.…

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Health inequalities and Marmot cities

What is the state of health inequalities across England? This briefing describes the 'Marmot Council' programme, highlights a case study from Coventry City Council and provides references and a brief summary of sources of information and advice on tackling health inequalities.

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Returning children from Care: Improving Practice – DfE research

Reuniting looked after children with their families has assumed greater importance of late. Given that more than half of all children in care are reunited with their families at some point, it plays a significant part in the search for stable and permanent placements for children. The DfE has published commissioned research on current practice.…

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Health, public health and social care round up: January 2016

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. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.

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Children in need: Joint Targeted Area Inspections framework

Ofsted has recently published a number of new inspection arrangements for children in need including those where there will be joint inspections with other inspectorates covering health, police and probation. This CSN Briefing describes the new inspections.

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