Category Archives: Children and social care

PR and policy disaster of the week: ‘More Great Childcare’

As a journalist of some 16 years now I’ve had a wide variety of press releases pass my way. Some are good, some are bad, some a just a little bit boring. But occasionally us hacks get a press release that quite frankly insults our intelligence. Step forward the Department for Education with news of children’s minister Elizabeth Truss’s policy initiative to improve childcare, writes Joe Lepper.

Not the coverage Truss would have wanted

Not the coverage Truss would have wanted

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Radio Interviews About The Government’s Troubled Families Scheme

I was asked on Dec 15, 2012 by BBC 5 Live  and then two days later by BBC Radio Sheffield to outline the government’s latest attempt to turn around the lives of families whose lives are blighted by crime, anti-social behaviour, unemployment and truancy.

Called the Troubled Families programme it involves intensive support from council appointed family workers.

The government is meeting 40 per cent of the costs with councils expected to meet the rest. If successful the government claims it can save £9bn a year through reductions in areas such as police, court time and benefit claims. The government’s troubled families tsar Louise Casey is also claiming startling results among families already supported in this way.

But councils  and charities have concerns. Here are my two segments. The first for BBC 5Live features me outlining council concerns about the initiative. The second, for BBC Radio Sheffield and in which I appear at the 2 min 20sec mark,  was ahead of a phone-in on the issue and looks at local concerns surrounding the scheme.

If you are a broadcaster looking for a media-trained social affairs expert to talk about this or similar issues feel free to contact me anytime on 07731 658672 or joelepper@newsandfeatures.co.uk .

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Meeting The Health Needs Of Children

Originally published in Independent Nurse, Dec, 2010.

In 1980, health ethics expert Sir Ian Kennedy gave a lecture for the BBC, entitled ‘Suffer the little children’, in which he lamented the dire state of health services for children, writes Joe Lepper. Continue reading

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It Feels Odd To Have A Bed At Last

Originally published by Children and Young People Now, Sept 22, 2011.

After sleeping on a sofa for almost a year, Charlotte Jones has secured a supported housing place. But she is one of the lucky ones. Joe Lepper reports.

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Emotional Overload

Originally published by Social Work Now, May 4, 2011.

Social workers come under intense pressures that can have a profound effect on their emotional wellbeing. Joe Lepper explores the techniques workers and managers can employ to manage the complexities of the role. Continue reading

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Beneath the bright lights (Children and Young People Now)

Thousands of young people are believed to be sexually exploited each year, yet only one in four local authorities has set up specialist services. Joe Lepper reports on the steps local authorities such as Blackpool Council are taking to prevent sexual abuse. Continue reading

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