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DfE Adoption Strategy published July 2021

27 Jul 2021

Click here to download the Adoption Strategy published by the DfE on 27 July 2021      Read more

Case For Change. Government's current independent review of Children's Social Care

17 Jun 2021

Please click on this link to download the update titled 'The Case for Change' from the Government's independent review of Children's social care. 17 June 2021 Read more

A rapid review of Evidence: Supporting and strengthening families through provision of early help

07 Jun 2021

A Rapid Review of Evidence by Amy Edwards, Roya Gharbi, Ava Berry, Robbie Duschinsky June 2021 This research is part of Living Assessments, a five–year research project on children’s health and social care funded by the Wellcome Trust in a... Read more

Report from Nuffield FJO on newborn babies in urgent care proceedings

05 Jun 2021

New statistics published on infants in care proceedings today reveal that the number of cases has continued to grow in England and Wales in recent years. Statistics also show that in the majority of cases involving newborn babies parents are given... Read more

Ethnic disproportionality in remand and sentencing in the youth justice system

05 Feb 2021

This research was published in January 2021 and be downloaded here.     Read more

Article in Social Work Today: How the latest children's social care review could pave the way for further privatisation

02 Feb 2021

Ray Jones, author of “In Whose Interest? The Privatisation of Child Protection and Social Work”, argues that the latest review of children’s social care in England has “every danger” of being another step towards further privatisation. Article... Read more

Children's Commissioner report on state of children's mental health services in England

30 Jan 2021

Please click here to download Children's Commissioner report published in January 2021 on the state of children's mental health services in England Read more

Remote hearings in the family justice system: September 2020 follow-up consultation

27 Oct 2020

The President of the Family Division asked the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory to undertake a rapid consultation on the use of remote hearings in the family court. The consultation ran for a two-week period from 14 to 28 April 2020 and well over... Read more

Article in CYPN: Critics Accuse DfE of 'Sinking to New Low' over revised consultation results

14 Sep 2020

This article by Children and Young People Now and published on their website is copied below or can be downloaded by clicking on this link: ... Read more

Children’s Commissioner’s report on children being placed in unregulated accommodation published 10 September 2020

10 Sep 2020

In her report today, Ann Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England calls for a ban on the use of unregulated accommodation for children in care. She says: At the moment, some of the country’s most vulnerable teenagers are being housed in... Read more

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory - latest research on contact for children in care

six key messages about contact for children in care or adopted

09 Sep 2020

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory sets out six key messages about contact for children in care or adopted which come from the latest research. Click here to read the full report. September 2020 Read more

Community Care Article - Black and ethnic minority social workers disproportionately subject to fitness to practise investigations

31 Jul 2020

Black and ethnic minority social workers disproportionately subject to fitness to practise investigations Social Work England promises action as figures show disproportionately low number of ethnic minority panel members making decisions about... Read more

MoJ report on Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases

26 Jun 2020

The Ministry of Justice has today published the Final Report on “Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases”, by the panel of experts undertaking the work. In May 2019 the Ministry of Justice convened a panel of... Read more

Charlie Taylor's review of pain-inducing restraint

19 Jun 2020

The Ministry of Justice published on 18 June a review of the use of pain-inducing restraint authorised for use on children as young as 10 during their journeys to and from custodial institutions, and within child prisons. The review, led by the... Read more

Children's Commissioner report: 'We're all in this together'

Local area profiles of child vulnerability

30 Apr 2020

April 2020 The Children’s Commissioner’s local area profiles of child vulnerability provide a way for councils to understand which groups of children are likely to be at risk under lockdown, and how many children in their area fall into those... Read more

Covid-19: Update from Nagalro

Check government guidance regularly

23 Mar 2020

Covid-19 The Covid-19 outbreak imposes very significant challenges for all of us.  Nagalro members including ISWs, Children’s Guardians and Family Court Advisers carry out extremely important work often under challenging circumstances.  However,... Read more

Private Law Family Disputes: The time for change; The need for change; The case for change

06 Mar 2020

This is the second report of the President’s Private Law Working Group. It makes radical proposals for root and branch reform of the way in which private law cases are dealt with and calls for more attention to be paid to the voice of the child (see... Read more

Looked after Children in independent or semi-independent placements

February 2020

03 Feb 2020

DoE article 'Looked after children in independent or semi-independent placements. Download article here. Read more

Pass the Parcel - Children posted around the care system

10 Dec 2019

Children's Commissioner article 'Pass the Parcel - Children posted around the care system' Download article here. Read more