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Researching Reform: Will the new government be the final nail in the coffin for child welfare?

Date:13 MAY 2015
With the Conservatives returning to power this month their continued focus on fiscal austerity will mean more government spending cuts on state-provided services. Child welfare has already been badly hit by drastic cuts to the family justice and social work sectors in a bid to reduce government debt. Will this second round of austerity measures irreparably damage our child welfare system or will it be the wake up call we need to work together to protect children’s fundamental human rights and the democratic process?

The announcement of David Cameron’s new cabinet has unveiled tensions which are likely to play out inside the family sector. Whilst Theresa May remains Home Secretary and will continue to oversee the nation’s Statutory Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (SICSA) the appointment of Michael Gove as Justice Secretary will bring old conflicts to the surface which could harm the sector.

As Education Secretary ...

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