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17/09/2021: Will Quince replaces Vicky Ford as children and families minister

Former minister for welfare delivery Will Quince has replaced Vicky Ford as children and families minister as part of the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle. During his time at the Department for Work . . . and Pensions, Quince, MP for Colchester, previously took responsibility for policies on the management and delivery of benefits including housing benefits and universal credit, benefits support for disadvantaged groups and poverty.
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16/09/2021: Nadhim Zahawi announced as education secretary

Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed the new education secretary for England – replacing Gavin Williamson in the Cabinet reshuffle. Mr Zahawi leaves his previous post as the minister responsible for the . . . Covid vaccines roll-out.

16/09/2021: Charities issue stark warning over ‘decimation of youth services’

The National Youth Agency and YMCA have warned that a failure to invest immediately in youth services will “decimate” the sector and leave “a generation of young people without opportunities to . . . thrive”.
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15/09/2021: Disadvantaged children least confident being active, research warns

Children from low-income backgrounds are far less confident in being active and taking part in sport, according to the Youth Sport Trust. The Trust found that only around half of 11- to 16-year-olds . . . from low income groups rated themselves as confident taking part in physical activity.
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14/09/2021: Children forming ‘new generation of extremists’ in UK as terror threat shifts, Cressida Dick warns

Britain’s most senior police officer has warned of a “new generation of extremists” as increasing numbers of children are drawn into terrorist activity. Dame Cressida Dick, commissioner of the . . . Metropolitan Police, told an international summit that children now make up 13 per cent of terror suspects arrested in the UK after the figure tripled in a year.

14/09/2021: Families with young children face huge rise in poverty, research warns

One in three children from families with young children are living in poverty, with parents working part-time affected almost as badly as those who are unemployed, new figures show.

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14/09/2021: Legal action threat over sending clinically vulnerable children back to school

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson could face legal action if clinically vulnerable children are forced back to school, campaigners have warned. Lawyers working on behalf of The Good Law Project . . . (GLP) have written to the Education Secretary calling for guidance around children’s return to school to be amended to protect disabled children, those classed as clinically vulnerable and those living with a clinically vulnerable person.
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13/09/2021: Sharp rise in acute medical beds occupied by children with nowhere else to go

A third of all children’s acute hospital beds in parts of England are being occupied by vulnerable children who do not need acute medical care but have nowhere else to go, safeguarding experts have . . . warned. Doctors say they feel like very expensive “babysitters” for vulnerable children, many of whom are in care but whose placements have broken down because of their violent and self-harming behaviour.

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Upcoming Events

20/09/2021: ‘Get to Grips with Social Media’ training

This course is for Individuals and organisations who are already using social media to promote their enterprise but haven’t yet got to grips with how. . .

£40 members / £50 non-members

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22/09/2021: Early Help: The key to recovery – policy and practice

Early help is crucial for children and families that would benefit from universal support as well as those at the edge of child protection. . .


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29/09/2021: Child Protection Training – Group 2 (Awareness in Safeguarding)

‘Awareness in Safeguarding’ is to increase awareness and confidence building in respect of identification, responding, recording and reporting. . .

£25 for VOYC members

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29/09/2021: Online Safety Day

Online Safety Day returns for 2021! This annual online event is aimed primarily at professionals working with children in the UK. The two-hour session. . .


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Latest Publications

28/07/2021: Creating developmentally appropriate responses to young adults at risk of, or involved in, offending

The Transition to Adulthood Alliance run by the Barrow Cadbury Trust has funded a collection of projects to build the evidence base on effective. . .

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27/07/2021: Beating Crime Plan

The Beating Crime Plan sets out our strategic approach to cutting crime: cutting homicide, serious violence and neighbourhood crime; exposing and. . .

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21/07/2021: The Youth Justice System’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Literature Review

The report considers the impacts of the pandemic across each stage of the youth justice system, and brings together available evidence from three main. . .

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14/07/2021: Evidence review: diverting young adults away from the cycle of crisis and crime

Too many young people come into criminal justice system because of multiple unmet needs. Diverting them into support and treatment can help them to. . .

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Education Otherwise

From a modest start made by a small group of parents in 1977, Education Otherwise (EO) has grown to become a well respected and vibrant registered. . .


#Reclaim these streets

Streets should be safe for women regardless of what we wear, where we walk or what time of day or night it is. It’s wrong that the response to. . .


The Holly Project

Not Counsellors • Not Police • Not Solicitors • Not Social Services. We are CSE Survivors! If you are a victim of CSE then please get in touch! We are. . .



EachOther is a UK-focused charity that uses independent journalism, storytelling and filmmaking to put the human into human rights. The digital. . .