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This report sets out the findings from the most comprehensive study of attitudes towards bringing up children from conception to 5 years ever undertaken in the United Kingdom.
"Emergency care rules [in the UK] that snatched away safeguards dating back decades have been declared unlawful, in what has been called 'a huge victory for children’s rights,'" according to this article from the Independent.
Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, "is calling for 'a system which recognises each family's unique situation and responds to the need of every child, wherever they are in the country, with the same standards of protection and support,'" says this article from BBC News.
The purpose of this study was to assess trends in inequalities in Children Looked After (CLA) in England between 2004 and 2019, after controlling for unemployment, a marker of recession and risk factor for child maltreatment.
The Scottish Children’s Rights and Inclusion Strategy aims to ensure children feel able to speak openly and honestly in hearings, and that their views are given real weight in the decision making process.
This article presents data from the first large-scale study of fathers involved in repeat (or recurrent) care proceedings in England. The study consisted of three elements: an analysis of population-level administrative data from the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), a survey of fathers in pre-proceedings and care proceedings, and a qualitative longitudinal (QL) study of recurrent fathers.
This report reflects on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on children. It compiles information gathered from 25 countries across Europe, and provides recommendations for improving public policies in the short and long-term to support better outcomes for children and families, including children in alternative care or at risk of separation.
This article examines the case for greater recognition of the children’s workforce in out-of-home care (OHC), and situates the concept of ‘expertise’ in the rise of recognition of children’s status as competent social actors, as well as in professionalisation debates.
"What kind of a country are we, in which the most vulnerable children cannot rely on ministers and councils to treat them well?" asks this editorial piece from the Guardian.