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Filtered by category: The Red Book

Time to change the way we spend

Friday 05 December 2014 / The Red Book, Autumn statement, Children's centres

This week’s Autumn Statement was the last big parliamentary event of 2014 - and one of the last before next May’s General Election. Without a change of approach at all levels, the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement could have stark implications for the services children and families rely on.

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The Eleventh Hour

First launched in 2011, Action for Children’s annual red book reports has helped us to see the changing needs of children and families, alongside the pressures on the services providing vital support. This year’s report, the eleventh hour, asked managers where they believed the needs of children, young people and families had changed in the last 12 months. Rather, worryingly managers pointed to a whole range of issues greater support is needed.

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What everyone else did this year

It’s the end of the year, so we decided we needed the obligatory blog post bigging ourselves up for everything we’ve done in 2013. I’m always up for a bit of navel-gazing but after a bit of a brainstorm we realised that we couldn’t have done anything this year without the help of others. So we’re going to big them up instead.

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A dummies guide to helping children

Posted by James Blair /

Tuesday 17 December 2013 / The Red Book, Early intervention

Our boss, Dame Clare Tickell is leaving this week. In her final Huffington Post blog post she points out that there must be a stronger, more consistent emphasis on early intervention services. We agree and here's why.

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Is early intervention a pipe dream?

Posted by Meg Munn MP /

Wednesday 11 December 2013 / Early intervention, Children's centres, The Red Book
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Meg Munn MP discusses the future for early intervention and the shift in the threshold for help, recently identified by the social work journal Community Care.

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