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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Is enough being done to protect children’s rights in the UK?

Posted by Guest blogger /

Tuesday 10 December 2013 / Children's rights
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Guest post from Paola Uccellari, Director of Children's Rights Alliance England. More than 20 years ago, when the UK signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it agreed to make sure children enjoy their rights. Today is Human Rights Day and is a good time for us to think about whether this has happened in practice.

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The Autumn Statement - what do we think?

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I spent an hour watching the Chancellor’s statement this morning and the last two hours getting to grips with the detail and thinking through what it means for the children and families we work with.

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Why do we force children to leave foster care when they're so young?

Posted by Rhea Stevens /

Wednesday 04 December 2013 / Chance to stay, Children in care
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Children and young people enter the care system for many reasons, but most will have experienced great distress and upheaval in their childhood. For these reasons young people in care will be less equipped to deal with independence than their peers. That's why today we've launched our Chance to Stay campaign.

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Who are the 'troubled families'?

Posted by Emma Scowcroft /

Tuesday 03 December 2013 / Professional relationships
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The troubled families programme is back in the news with both the National Audit Office and Eric Pickles agreeing that lives have been 'turned around' because of it. However, amidst the numbers and political jargon it’s easy to forget the real families who are at the heart of this...

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Our #takeoverday at Action for Children

Posted by AfC Policy and campaigns /

Friday 29 November 2013 / Participation
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As part of the Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day, young people from our services have been taking over our offices.

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Bringing the theories to life: why we interviewed children and families

Posted by Douglas Dowell /

Monday 25 November 2013 / Cost of living, Case studies, The Red Book
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For Red Book 2013 we spoke directly to some of the families we work with, to get their views on what life is like for them.

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An out of date law and an out of date system?

Posted by Shelley Hopkinson /

Friday 22 November 2013 / Child neglect, Law, Emotional neglect
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Today MPs should have had a chance to debate the criminal law on child neglect in Parliament. The debate didn’t happen and we’re again disappointed that a chance to protect children has been missed.

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Victims of child neglect deliver their stories to Prime Minister

Posted by James Blair /

Tuesday 19 November 2013 / Child neglect, Law, Emotional neglect
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Tina and Collette both suffered neglect as children. They hand-delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron telling him their stories and asking for his support in changing the out of date child neglect law.

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The story so far: see our Storify slideshow of Red Book 2013 coverage

Posted by AfC Policy and campaigns /

Monday 18 November 2013 / The Red Book, Statistics

We've compiled the best of our media coverage, tweets and comments for Red Book 2013 into a handy Storify slideshow. Take a look to follow the story so far...

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