The Modest Truth About Caring Grandparents

A study published today reveals that more than one in three grandparents who have caring responsibilities for children are living below the poverty line.  The organisation Grandparents Plus carried out the research based on interviews with 100 family and friends … Read more

Common Sense Guidance for Teachers?

There is a sea change in the approach to interacting with children in schools on the horizon.  After many years of established safe working cultures and practices in schools including no touch policies it seems that new government guidance on … Read more

Sarah Goodall is Shortlisted for IoD North West Director of the Year Awards 2011!

We are over the moon to announce that Sarah Goodall, founding Managing Director for The Athena Programme, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Institute of Directors North West Director of the Year Awards 2011.

The Awards, now entering their eighth … Read more

Childminders – “Vital Partners in Protecting Children”?

Every day, approximately 275,000 children in England are cared for by 60,000 registered childminders.  Like teachers, childminders have daily contact with children, some of whom are very young and at their most vulnerable including disabled children, children with additional needs, … Read more

The Proof of the Pudding . . .

Of the many policies and processes created to safeguard children and young people, the Common Assessment Framework is one of the most widely debated.  Created to be a key part of delivering frontline services that are integrated and focused around … Read more

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