20/01/2022: Trauma-informed care ‘failing to meet expectations’

Methods used by social workers that focus on supporting children in care who have experienced trauma are failing to meet expectations, a new study suggests. Trauma-informed care (TIC), which considers the abuse and neglect experienced by looked-after children, is widely used in social work and is expected to lead to effective support.

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15/12/2021: Ministers urged to triple early intervention funding after child deaths

Charity Save the Children is calling on ministers to introduce an urgent boost in early intervention funding to prevent further child deaths following the murders of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. Dan Paskins, Save the Children’s director of UK impact, says the government needs to “immediately triple early intervention funding to ensure children and families get help when they need it”.

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29/11/2021: Trauma: NI teachers taught to spot children’s fears

An educational training programme to help raise awareness of the effect of trauma on children has been launched in Northern Ireland. The training will give 60,000 education staff the opportunity to improve their understanding of trauma. Education Minister Michelle McIlveen said she was confident the “thought provoking” training would help children achieve their full potential.

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29/11/2021: Serious Youth Violence And Adverse Childhood Experiences

The latest report from the probation inspectorate in its Academic Insights series summarises findings from recent research in Manchester which explored adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), serious youth violence (SYV), trauma-informed practice, and youth participation. The children in the study typically had multiple ACEs, and the authors, Paul Gray, Hannah Smithson and Deborah Jump, highlight how knowledge and understanding of these ACEs should be used to co-develop with children, personalised approaches to addressing their involvement in serious youth violence which consider both socio-cultural and psycho-social factors.

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19/11/2021: Child vulnerability crisis sparked by decade of early help cuts, Lords warn

More than a million vulnerable children’s life chances are being damaged by a decade of cuts to support services that should be reversed, the House of Lords Public Services Committee has said.

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20/08/2021: Increased Focus On Prevention And Early Intervention

In part 2 of her Review of Drugs, Dame Carol Black says we need increased focus on primary prevention and early intervention.

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18/06/2021: Kate Middleton launches Centre for Early Childhood

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of the early years. The centre, which has been developed with input from the Anna Freud Centre, will focus on research, working with people across the private, public and voluntary sectors on new solutions and campaigning to raise awareness.

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15/04/2021: Early intervention investment could save councils £7bn, researchers say

Councils in England with above-average rates of looked-after children could save a total of £7bn over the next decade by focusing on early intervention policies that target vulnerable families, according to researchers. The research focuses on the long-term savings that can be achieved through early intervention strategies across four areas, which have a higher than England’s average rate of looked after children, which is 67 per 10,000 children.

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26/03/2021: Most children in youth justice system have suffered trauma, research suggests

The majority of children in the youth justice system have been subject to abuse, trauma or poverty, new research shows. The Punishing Abuse report, published by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, raises concerns that “a number of children in the youth justice system are being punished as a consequence of the impact on their behaviours of their early abuse and loss.”

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