Department of Health
London: TSO, 2000 (Cm 5017)
Social Services Inspectorate
Department of Health, 2000
Report highlights delays and inconsistencies nationwide. One in five looked-after children wait for more than three years to be adopted, and many older children have to wait up to four and a half years. In March 1999, no adoptive family had been found for 2500 children for whom adoption was the plan. One in five of these were black. Major causes of delay included:
International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, vol.9, 2000, p.15-26
The task of youth work is to help young people, especially the disadvantaged, with their transitions into adult life. Local services for young people are being reshaped; a new architecture for their design and delivery is proposed. The role of the youth worker is changing and training and professional development need to take account of these changes.
International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, vol.9, 2000, p.45-63
Article reflects on current managerial practices in youth work and explores one model of accountability. This model embodies a form of power which aligns contemporary political aspirations (e.g. value for money) with the development of new professional identities (e.g. effective and efficient practice). Suggests that such new accountability practices introduced into youth work should be seen as part of a broader transformation of professional work and identities in ways that accord with the principles of neo-liberalism.
Regional Studies, vol.34, 2000, p.883-888
Article discusses how policy makers in Northern Ireland are trying to combat the social exclusion of young people, and how they might strengthen their efforts in the light of a recent major study of youth unemployment in the region. Proposes targeting of measures on vulnerable groups, setting up an independent advice and support service to help young people through their transition to independence, and combating the disaffection of significant numbers of young people with education.
Guardian, Dec 15th 2000, p.13
Reports that Caroline Spelman, MP, has won the right to introduce a private member's bill on adoption that would set up a national register of would-be adoptive parents and establish national eligibility criteria.
Community Care, no.1351, 2000, p.22-23
Calls for better support for birth families of adopted children, with a view to enabling them to maintain contact. The majority of birth families currently lose their children to adoption unwillingly, and sometimes through no fault of the mothers, through contested orders.
New Review of the Low Pay Unit, no.66, 2000, p.9-10
The government needs to recruit tens of thousands of childcare workers if it is to deliver its promise to provide a million more childcare places as part of its National Childcare Strategy. Article argues that if this target is to be met, the pay and conditions of childcare workers must improve.
ChildRight, no.172, 2000, p.3
Summarises the proposals in the pre-budget statement 2000 for investment in education, the Children's Tax Credit and the extension of the New Deal for Lone Parents.
C. Willow and K. Gledhill
Community Care, no.1354, 2001, p.18-19
Argues that the planned Children's Rights Director for England should:
International Journal of Adolescence and Youth, vol.9, 2000, p.5-13
The aims of the Albermarle report (to underpin a state funded professional youth service providing for the voluntary association, leisure and personal development needs of young people) are being relegated as government resources increasingly target "excluded" young people and those "at risk". There is a shift to multi-agency teams to combat social exclusion and make the disaffected more employable. The series of compulsory measures introduced, including youth advisors, careers awareness training, learning gateways and the Connexions Service, are an undisguised form of social control reminiscent of the worst totalitarian regimes.