2020 News: Family

25/09/2020: Quarter of childcare providers at risk of closure due to pandemic, councils warn

Up to a quarter of childcare providers in some areas are at risk of closure without the government providing more financial support during the Covid-19 pandemic, latest research shows. A study of 25 . . . members of the County Councils Network (CCN) found that 80 per cent of respondents said one in 10 childcare providers in their area were at risk of closure over the winter, with the remaining 20 per cent predicting that one in four were at risk.
Children and Young People Now

24/09/2020: Have your say on impact of virtual family court hearings and child protection conferences on practice

Dramatically overhauling entire working practices in the family justice system was not on the agenda for 2020 and, if it had been, research and evaluations would have been a core part of the design . . . process. But Covid-19 turned the system on its head. Previously inconceivable practices – from remote courtrooms to socially-distanced contact between children and parents – became the new normal overnight. Professionals had to make rapid decisions about the support that could be provided to children and families and, initially at least, these decisions had to be made in the dark.
Community Care

23/09/2020: #Chances4Children: Support for young carers returning to school

Two major charities have teamed up to raise awareness of support needed by young carers as they return to school. The Children’s Society and Carers Trust, who jointly run the Young Carers in Schools . . . initiative, have produced a guide for school staff to enable them to help young carers.
Children and Young People Now

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