Topic: Education and children's services

Local authorities are at the forefront of providing eduction services for their communities and supporting some of the most vulnerable children in society.

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Sure Start Children’s Centres – update

At its peak, there were 3,600 Sure Start Children’s Centres in England which brought together a range of services designed to improve the life chances of the youngest children and their families including early education and childcare, health visitors, parenting classes, welfare to work guidance and playgroups. This briefing provides an update on the programme.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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DfE: Children in Need review

The DfE finds that there were are at least 1.6 million children who need or have needed a social worker between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in England. This briefing is on the updated strategy to improve the lifetime outcomes for these children.

England & Wales Briefing
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Locked-up children – Children’s Commissioner

This briefing looks at children whose lives are behind closed doors ‘asking who they are and where they are living. It looks at what we know and crucially what we don’t know about them, so that we can begin to assess whether they are getting the most appropriate support’.

England & Wales Briefing

Children’s Life Chances

At the same time that children’s services are placing greater pressure on local government finances, local government finances are placing greater pressure on what we’re able to do for children. So much of what supports a good childhood and leads to a successful adulthood is under threat.  Early childhood intervention, prevention, culture, leisure and support…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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South Tyneside Council’s comprehensive approach to combatting modern slavery

Councils – as service provider, commissioner and community leader – have a range of roles to help eradicate modern slavery. South Tyneside’s Modern Slavery Strategy has identified opportunities to leverage its resources, powers and influence to work with partners to tackle this insidious crime.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study
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Better Schools for All?

This Nuffield Foundation funded research is another look at school effectiveness using the standard school and pupil datasets. In addition, data from school staff human resource management is compared to other settings and linked to school improvement. Organisational commitment is higher in schools than in other workplaces.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: Estimating child poverty locally across Scotland

This is the second briefing in a series that explores the local dimension of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 and Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022, which places obligations and responsibilities on local government to take local action to eradicate child poverty.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Social Mobility Commission 2019 annual report and related developments

The report ‘lays bare the stark fact that social mobility has stagnated over the last four years at virtually all stages from birth to work’ focusing on local authorities’ work in early years and schools as well as further education and apprenticeships, higher education and working lives.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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30 Hours Free Childcare in England: one year on

The published evidence from the DfE commissioned Frontier Economics report 30 Hours Free Childcare: Evidence from the Survey of Childcare and Early Years Providers 2018 (March 2019) has begun to identify those who are gaining and those who have lost from the policy.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing