Young People Now, no.149, 2001, p.26-27
Article compares the US and UK approaches to 'positive youth development' a term which is widely used in the US. It looks at what the phrase means and examines ways of developing and explaining the concept in the UK. The ideas of continuous improvement across youth work, along with the next generation of New Deal and transitional employment programmes are all opportunities for developing and exploring the youth development concept in practice.
London: Children's Rights Alliance for England, 2001
Presents views of 106 children and young people living in communities with high levels of deprivation on the experience of poverty. The main message from the consultation exercise was that children and young people want to contribute to finding solutions to poverty at both local and national level.
Department of Health
Study charts progress in fulfilling the ambitions of the Children Act 1989. Finds that the government's target of reducing by 10% the number of at-risk children who are re-registered on the child protection register has been met;
Confirms familiar problems with staff recruitment and retention, and the urgent need to improve the educational attainment of children in care.
All inspections will focus on the experience of young people and will evaluate:
Department of Health
Presents 27 draft national standards for local authority and independent fostering services. The standards address:
Research based on interviews with 3000 young people from disadvantaged communities explodes media myths about them and shows them to have positive attitudes and to want a place in society. Finds that most young fathers feel great love and responsibility for their children, most young mothers can cope with and enjoy motherhood and most of the young unemployed want to work and regret their wasted opportunities at school. Among the recommendations of the report are family planning advice that focuses on the realities of parenthood, help for young people at risk of offending, including anger management training, and mentoring and skills training to help young offenders get out of crime.
Community Care, Jul. 19th-25th 2001, p.10-11
A map of family support services in England and Wales has been produced by the National Family and Parenting Institute. Although the establishment of these services has been positive, that success has been hindered by a lack of access. This was seen especially in areas already experiencing high levels of social exclusion. Article goes on to discuss ways of promoting the services through schools or family support co-ordinators along with other issues surrounding the services.
Daily Telegraph, Aug. 8th 2001, p.10
A national adoption register for England and Wales will start in October in an attempt to speed up the process of finding families for thousands of children in care. The Health Minister Jacqui Smith has said the register should help government reach its target of a 40 per cent increase in the adoption rate by 2005.
(See also Times, 8th Aug. 2001, p.5; Independent, 8th Aug. 2001, p.8).
Guardian, July 25th 2001, p.10 + 17
Reports a package of government measures aimed at developing more integrated childcare services to make it easier for parents to work. Plans include:
(See also Times, July 25th 2001, p.5; Independent, July 25th 2001, p.8).
H. Colley and P. Hodkinson
Critical Social Policy, vol.21, 2001, p.335-359
The Social Exclusion Unit's report "Bridging the Gap" discusses how to reintegrate disaffected young people who have dropped out of education, or training. It attributes the problem to the personal failings and shortcomings of the individual young people themselves, without reference to the effects of structural inequalities in society. However the solution offered, the Connexions Service, offers only bureaucratic standardised solutions governed by increasingly punitive government targets without due attention to individual needs.
Community Care, no.1385, 2001, p.20-21
Spending on children's services has risen due to:
Community Care, no.1387, 2001, p.10-11
Reports professional responses to the proposed national minimum standards for fostering.
Foster Care, no.106, 2001, p.8-9
Argues that more use should be made of family and friends as foster carers for children who are unable to live with theirparents. Such carers however, need financial and emotional support.