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.…
Many local authorities are reviewing how to secure their youth services in the light of expenditure reductions. This CSN Briefing looks at the Government led Delivering Differently for Young People (DDYP) programme and gives example about how Councils are working with the programme to find innovative ways of providing youth services.
The Housing and Planning Bill, as amended by the Commons, has completed its Commons Committee stage and has proceeded to the House of Lords. The Bill has been hotly debated. This briefing provides an update and comments on its key provisions.
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.
This LGiU Scotland briefing is published for our new programme for local government across Scotland, based on a recent briefing written for LGiU in England. LGiU Scotland is delivered in partnership with Centre for Scottish Public Policy and Boulder Group. Contact us for more information. Some of the benefits and work programmes mentioned, or elements of them,…
The DfE's Regional Schools Commissioners have been operating since September 2014 with responsibility to oversee the Secretary of State's functions over Academies. Since then their role has increased. The House of Commons Education Committee has reported on these developments and this is the CSN Briefing on the report.
Welfare reforms remain complex and contentious. This briefing is an update on developments and covers three reports produced over the past year by the HC Work and Pensions Committee and the government’s responses to their recommendations
The government has launched a new strategy to engage more people in sport and physical activity and harness sport for ‘social good’. The strategy acknowledges the strategic co-ordinating role of local government in delivering sport and physical activity opportunities.
There has been much public debate about the supply of school teachers and a claimed lack of applicants for teaching jobs. This CSN Briefing looks at the evidence ahead of a major report from the House of Common Education Committee on the issue.
The Government is embarking on a widespread reform of children's social care services, and the DfE has produced a vision document “radically to reform the children’s social care system” over the course of this Parliament. This is CSN's briefing on recent announcements.