Children England provides a wide range of support to voluntary and community sector organisations working with children, young people and families.
For our Parish, Borough and City Councils in Greater Manchester, powers devolved from Whitehall departments to Greater Manchester will actually mean more centralisation… The result of cuts and better collaborative work across Greater Manchester will be efficiencies where services are centralised: one youth service, one adult service and one health service for Greater Manchester. Devolution means centralisation when met with huge cuts.
What kind of an economic recovery can it really be if more children are going without their most basic needs being met?
To a cash economy up to its eyeballs in debt, and to politicians with tough value judgments ahead about how to spend public money, what our sector can do is nothing short of economic magic. If we’re smart we’ll stop selling ourselves by our value for money. If they’re smart they’ll know that we’re not just a bargain, we are priceless.
Involve young properly and you’ll get all the answers you need on how to provide a better system of care for looked after children and care leavers.
The Labour Party has announced its intention to run citizens’ assemblies around the country, giving everyone – Labour supporters or not – the chance to feed into a new political and constitutional vision. Children England believes that this process could be the best opportunity for decades to make sure children, not just voting-age adults, can be heard in any new system.
Competitive tendering for highly specified and increasingly complex short term contracts has become the ubiquitous preference of the public service procurement industry, while discretionary grants to invest in smaller community groups have gone wildly, and inexplicably, out of fashion.
This is the editorial from the Winter 2013/14 edition of Outlook, Children England’s policy magazine. This quarter the magazine takes ‘ecology’ as its theme and explores the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental ecosystems in which children and the charities that support them live.
Our chief executive Kathy Evans muses on the implications of the Lobbying Bill and recent comments by William Shawcross, chair of the Charity Commission.
The discussion will cover restrictions on access to healthcare and housing and the narrowing of appeal rights for children and families.
Find out about the new First4Adoption website and help to find more adopters from the voluntary sector.