2020 News: Family

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 intervention. Experiences from the past year have widened . . . disparities between disadvantaged children and their peers, and affected young people’s emotional and mental health. As we emerge from the pandemic, early help is more critical than ever.

28/07/2021: Dire poverty in north-east England ‘driving many more children into care’

The 12 directors of children’s services in the north-east of England have warned that “shameful” levels of poverty in the region are driving dramatic rises in child protection intervention and the . . . number of children in care. The north-east has the highest rate of referrals to children’s social care in the UK, significantly higher than the national average, according to a joint report by the directors of children’s services in the region.
Guardian

25/07/2021: ‘You’d walk out if your husband hit you – you can’t when it’s your child’

Most parents never have to worry about being attacked by a violent child, but if it happens, they face a dilemma. They can’t just walk out – and they may fear that seeking help will have repercussions . . . for their child. Research suggests the problem is often hidden, and far more common than we imagine.
BBC