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Children in residential care three times less likely to be criminalised than in 2014

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26/07/21

Children in residential care three times less likely to be criminalised than in 2014

New Department for Education (DfE) data shows that while the number of children being placed in children’s homes continues to rise, the number being criminalised is falling.

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New adoption framework to end ‘postcode lottery’ and encourage more adopters

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26/07/21

New adoption framework to end ‘postcode lottery’ and encourage more adopters

The Department for Education announces a new National Adoption Strategy which aims to improve experience for children and families in the adoption system, but campaigners say it will require strong leadership and scrutiny to deliver real change.

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"Different perspectives and reframing": Lessons for Living, by Dr Neil Thompson

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25/07/21

"Different perspectives and reframing": Lessons for Living, by Dr Neil Thompson

Life is never without its challenge, but there is always the opportunity to learn and grow from those demands made on us. Dr Neil Thompson offers advice to tackle these problems and help social workers and care professionals to realise their potential.

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Labour joins call for complete ban on unregulated accommodation for children

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23/07/21

Labour joins call for complete ban on unregulated accommodation for children

Labour MPs have joined calls for a complete ban on the use of unregulated accommodation for looked-after children.

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Boy with FASD missed out on support because council said he had ‘wrong’ type of disabilities

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22/07/21

Boy with FASD missed out on support because council said he had ‘wrong’ type of disabilities

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised a council for ‘gatekeeping’ services for a boy with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, saying it only supported autistic children or those with severe learning disabilities.

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Youth justice system “under severe strain” as pandemic exacerbates existing issues

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21/07/21

Youth justice system “under severe strain” as pandemic exacerbates existing issues

The Alliance for Youth Justice (AYJ) has warned of the “exceptional impacts” of the COVID-19 pandemic on the youth justice system in a new report released today (Wednesday 21 July).

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New five-year strategy launched to improve the lives of autistic people

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21/07/21

New five-year strategy launched to improve the lives of autistic people

The Government has launched a new strategy which prioritises tackling the inequalities and barriers autistic people face, and faster diagnoses and better access to health and social care for autistic adults and children.

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Half of all young people referred to mental health services left without support

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20/07/21

Half of all young people referred to mental health services left without support

New data from NHS Digital shows that almost half of all children and teenagers referred to mental health, learning disability and autism services before the pandemic received no contact, or had their cases closed without receiving treatment.

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Children in residential care three times less likely to be criminalised than in 2014

Children in residential care three times less likely to be criminalised than in 2014

New adoption framework to end ‘postcode lottery’ and encourage more adopters

New adoption framework to end ‘postcode lottery’ and encourage more adopters

"Different perspectives and reframing": Lessons for Living, by Dr Neil Thompson

"Different perspectives and reframing": Lessons for Living, by Dr Neil Thompson

Labour joins call for complete ban on unregulated accommodation for children

Labour joins call for complete ban on unregulated accommodation for children

Boy with FASD missed out on support because council said he had ‘wrong’ type of disabilities

Boy with FASD missed out on support because council said he had ‘wrong’ type of disabilities

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