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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Safeguarding and Radicalisation: DfE commissioned research

Is the radicalisation of young people primarily a child protection issue? And how should local authorities manage radicalisation of children? DfE commissioned research attempts to answer these questions.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Secondary school curriculum and accountability – update

Government plans for plans for developing the secondary school curriculum and implementing school level accountable measures were announced recently. This briefing looks at the plans.

England & Wales Briefing
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IFS Report: Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017

This briefing covers a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which examines changes in the distribution of household incomes in the UK, including changes in average living standards, inequality in household incomes, and income poverty and deprivation

England & Wales Briefing
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Pause Project: reducing the number of children taken into care: DfE evaluation

The Pause Project provides intensive support to women who have had children forcibly removed into care. It aims to reduce the number of children the women may have taken into care. This briefing is on a DfE commissioned evaluation of the Pause Project which shows success and financial savings.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

All in a day’s work…Councillor Stuart Rawlings, City of York Council

Councillor Stuart Rawlings is Executive Member Education, Children and Young People on City of York Council. Here he talks about his role when York was one of the original councils to pilot the government's increase of free childcare hours.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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Vulnerable young people in residential care and re-integration into families: Multi-systemic Therapy

Summary The DfE published research report Multisystemic Therapy: Family Integrated Transitions – A feasibility study (July 2017) considers the feasibility of using a therapeutic programme developed in the USA to support young offenders in the community to support young people returning from residential care to home settings. This briefing considers the origins of multisystemic therapy (MST) and…

Scotland Briefing
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Vulnerable young people in residential care and re-integration into families: Multisystemic Therapy

One of the biggest challenges of local authority children's social care is helping young people return to their families if they have been in residential care for mental health problems, drug/alcohol abuse, and criminal offending. It is difficult and expensive. This briefing looks at the effectiveness of Multisystemic Therapy and the implications for its use…

England & Wales Briefing
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Stall in the rise of life expectancy and increase in health inequalities gap

New data has shown that the rise in life expectancy has stalled and that that health inequalities have widened according to most of the indicators used to measure them. We summarise the research here and comment on the possible links between socio-economic factors and the changes.

England & Wales Briefing