L. Elliott and J. Carvel
The Guardian, April 12th 2002, p.8
The Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK's leading tax experts, have said income tax will need to be raised by 4p in the pound if government is to meet its target for halving child poverty within 10 years. Steady growth of average incomes has meant the government has had to spend more on benefits simply to maintain the status quo. Official figures from the ONS released yesterday show that in Labour's first term, only 500,000 children had been raised above the government's definition of poverty by 2001.
Community Care, Mar. 21st-27th 2002, p.40-41
Discusses the impact of the Human Rights Act on UK children's law, and explains how it has been used to challenge local authority decision-making and notification processes.
G. Macdonald and E. Williamson
London: National Children's Bureau, 2002
Study provides insight into the working practices of one Child and Family Support Service in the UK. These services work to prevent children from having to be taken into public care, wherever possible. The service studied was dealing with entrenched problems which went back years. The research showed that assessments of the nature of the problems were inadequate and families were unclear about action plans. Staff were unable to keep abreast of current research, and so were unaware of "what works" with what sorts of problems. However, families and children valued the help they received.
T. Jones, J. Lewis and O. Gill
Community Care, Apr. 18th-24th 2002, p.40-41
The Department of Health guidelines on assessment of vulnerable children introduced in 2000 require social workers to explore parenting capacity, the developmental needs of the child, and issues of social integration and access to resources.
Community Care, Mar. 21st-27th 2002, p.42
Argues that life story work should be seen as a necessary part of preparing a child for adoption and that local authorities should use Quality Protects money to employ workers for the job.
London: DH Publications [for the] Social Services Inspectorate, 2002
Report found that councils were having difficulties in recruiting sufficient foster carers, especially from black and minority ethnic groups. Most placed children through independent fostering agencies as a crisis measure, but did not engage with them as partners. Internal reviews of services lacked the necessary challenge and rigour to lead to fundamental change and there was a danger of costs escalating out of control. Finally there were concerns about arrangements for safeguarding children in some councils.
Department of Health
London: TSO, 2002
They are applicable to local authority fostering services, independent fostering agencies, and voluntary organisations.
Family Law Journal, Mar. 2002, p.21-24
Discusses the legal, financial and policy issues involved when children are fostered by their extended family or friends.
Guardian, Mar. 21st 2002, p.15
The government is considering paying grandparents for the time they spend looking after their grandchildren under a scheme to encourage single mothers to return to the labour market. The scheme would compensate for the lack of formal childcare provision in deprived areas.
(See also Times, Mar. 21st 2002, p.10, Financial Times, Mar. 20th 2002, p.1+29)
Community Care, Apr. 4th - 10th 2002, p.24-26
Despite a wealth of evidence that fathers' involvement improves many aspects of children's lives and development, social workers often overlook the importance of paternal input.
Young People Now, issue 156, 2002, p.24-25
Providing meaningful opportunities for young people to be involved in shaping local government services and policies presents a challenge. Issues include:
Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002
This book explores the problems and potential of multi-agency working and new public management for the development of child protection in the UK under the "joint working" initiatives. Examines the workings of a large multi-agency committee, providing an insight into how different agencies' representatives brought their own agendas, organisational structures and world views to an area child protection committee.
The Guardian, April 19th 2002, p.12
After admitting it had failed to lift 1.2m people out of relative poverty in their first parliament, the government has announced plans to redefine child poverty. Previously defined as any child living in a household with income at only 60% of median income , the Department of Work and Pensions is now looking at four options for alternatives:
Financial Times, Mar. 20th 2002, p.3
Reports that a rise in the number of nursery places since 1997 has been offset by a fall in the number of childminders. After four years of the National Childcare Strategy there is still only one childcare place for every seven young children. An after school club place is available for only one in 14 children under 16. Lack of affordable childcare is preventing mothers form participating in the labour market.
J. Akister and K. Johnson
Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 10, 2002, p.106-111
Sixty per cent of the parents in the study sample thought they might use a confidential telephone helpline. They considered it would be most useful for information and advice about behaviour management, drug and alcohol abuse, and school bullying. It was clear that parents were seeking information and advice rather than support.
Guardian, Apr. 11th 2002, p.21
Article comments on Labour's failure to meet its target of lifting 1.2 million children out of poverty during the 1997-2001 Parliament. Discusses options available to the government in its war on child poverty, including redistribution through punitive taxation of the better-off and improving access to affordable childcare to encourage mothers into work.
The Guardian, March 15th 2002, p.15
The second stage of a public inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbié warned today that 10,000 privately fostered children are at risk from inadequate protection under the law. Social services chiefs called for legislation requiring parents and foster carers to notify the local authority wherever a child is privately fostered or brought into Britain by anyone other than a birth parent.
Office of the Children's Rights Commissioner for London
The State of London's Children Report is the first attempt to document what it is really like to be a child in London. It paints a picture of diversity and potential but also identifies a 'capital divided'. London's children experience the highest levels of poverty of any region in Britain, youth homelessness and unequal access to education, transport and other public services.
The report is divided into eight key themes:
Young People Now, issue 156, 2002, p.28-29
Outlines the chequered history of collaborative working between the statutory and voluntary sectors of youth work. Goes on to draw lessons for partnership working today.