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Details of this years GIRFEC conference have been revealed. Taking place on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at the Stirling Management Centre, the key topic will be the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This legislation has profound implications for the way in which all services for children and young…
Health officials have said they need to take "urgent action" to improve children's access to mental health services. Recently concerns have been raised about the services available across England. Leading doctors have said patients are being shipped to all corners of the country for any available bed, leaving them far…
Young people say social care professionals must be consistent, trustworthy and supportive, new research by Action for Children reveals today. Action for Children spoke to young people in care and based on what they said created a free toolkit for professionals to help develop their emotional resilience. This helps young…
The government published its child poverty strategy for 2014-17. It said that good progress had been made in many areas to date and that the government remained committed to the target of ending child poverty in the United Kingdom by 2020. It said that actions would be taken to address…
A report examined the educational trajectories of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. It said children in this group were far less likely to become 'high achievers' at any stage, and that the early promise shown by the brightest students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be lost as they progressed through school, particularly…
Government plans to introduce a residence test for access to legal aid will breach an international convention on children's human rights, MPs and peers have warned. The Joint Committee on Human Rights said the policy would "inevitably" contravene the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) by preventing…
More must be done to help children from poor backgrounds convert early promise into continued academic success, according to a new report. Disadvantaged children who start out as high attainers are overtaken by better off children who were initially only average attainers, the study found. The Social Mobility and Child…
Separated parents will be hit by fees if they cannot reach an amicable agreement over child support under a new system that comes into force today. Mothers and fathers who turn to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) to collect and pay settlements face losing significant sums of cash. Non-resident parents…
The Care Inspectorate has published updated guidance on the management of medication in daycare of children and childminding services. This update takes into account recent changes to dosage instructions for some common children’s medication and the expansion of independent prescribing. For example, some nurses, opticians and pharmacists can now prescribe.…
Thousands of children are missing from the education system, a charity has warned. Many youngsters are losing out because they do not have a school place, or are simply unknown to the authorities, according to research by the National Children's Bureau (NCB). The findings, based on Freedom of Information (FOI)…
A report examined the impact on children of having a parent in prison. It said that an estimated 200,000 children across England and Wales, 1,500 children at any one time in Northern Ireland, and 30,000 children per year in Scotland were affected by parental imprisonment, but there were no official…
The Government's plans to end child poverty are doomed to failure, its adviser on social mobility has warned as new estimates revealed the UK will be home to 3.5 million poor children by 2020. A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, chaired by former health secretary Alan…