Here's a round up of several items of interest from recent weeks, which fall into two broad areas: children's services and bullying.

Last week saw the Children's and Young Persons Act 2008 pass into law. The act contains provisions in relation to well-being of children and young people, private fostering and much more. Like most legislation, the Act itself is very detailed and pretty hard to follow, so this set of explanatory notes may be of use to may readers.

On a similar theme, The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO) has recently published three separate scoping studies on improving outcomes for children by examining effective practice in integrating various early years services. You can find links to each of the studies by clicking here.

Those of you with an interest in bullying have two new documents to look through. The National Healthy Schools Programme has just released a booklet entitled Anti-Bullying Guidance for Schools, while the Beatbullying charity have published a report entitled Interfaith Report. This contains research which investigates the extent of bullying among children belonging to different religious groups.


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