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Latest news for 22 July 2014

The Mayor of London has announced to pilot projects taking place in Lambeth and Croydon to tackle child obesity through better diet and food education.
Source: Greater London Authority press release 18 July 2014

Conservative MP Sam Gyimah has been appointed childcare minister to replace Elizabeth Truss MP who has been promoted to Environment Secretary.
Source: Children & Young People Now  22 July 2014

The Department for Education has published research which has found that social workers are scaling back their use of residential parenting assessments because of the 26 week time limit for care proceedings introduced by the Children and Families Act.
Source: Department for Education - Residential parenting assessments  22 July 2014

The Early Intervention Foundation has produced a guidebook of evidence for commissioners on what works best in early intervention.
Source: Early Intervention Foundation guidebook  21 July 2014

Department for Education commissioned research has found that serious case reviews need reform to ensure their lessons engage frontline professionals. Recommendations include creating evidence-based learning tools to enable collective and targeted learning.
Source: Children & Young People Now  21 July 2014
Further information:
   A study to investigate the barriers to learning from serious case reviews and identify ways of overcoming these barriers (PDF)

An article in the Guardian highlights the use by gangs of sexual violence against girls. Gang members view it as a ‘low risk’ way of asserting dominance over rivals.
Source: Guardian  19 July 2014