Family Group Conferences This project puts families at the heart of making safe decisions and plans for children that are at immediate risk of being taken into care. Children and young people are involved in the conference along with their wider family network, and often supported by an advocate from outside the family. Together, a plan is agreed by all those involved and families agree to meet again to assess how well the plan is going and make the changes necessary to protect children. Every child, no matter what hand they have been dealt, deserves the opportunity to grow up in a stable, loving family so they can develop into confident adults equipped to take on life’s challenges successfully. For too many children, this is not the reality, and we are seeing rising numbers of children going into care. Often, their parents are struggling with problems of their own and that has an impact on the whole family. Projects like these are making sure vulnerable families get the support they need from experts who can help them address their problems head on and stop them from spiralling out of control. I want to see children to be able to stay with their family where it’s appropriate and safe for them to do that – that’s why I will continue to back innovative approaches with a track record of success in doing this, to give the most vulnerable children in our society the best chances in life. At the What Works Centre we’re really excited to be launching this programme today in partnership with the Department for Education. By conducting large scale, robust evaluations of the impacts of these two programmes, we’ll be able to help local authorities make a decisions about what mix of approaches is best for them, at the same time as ensuring that these promising practices are made available to support more families than ever before. The problem-solving Family Drug and Alcohol Court model achieves better outcomes for parents, better outcomes for children, and better value for money. It is a fair and trauma-informed approach which gives people the best chance of change and that’s why it makes for better justice. We’re delighted that this funding will enable more families and local authorities to have access to a compassionate and evidence-based approach to family justice. Four years ago when the Innovation Programme was launched we held high hopes for identifying promising practice which we could spread across England. The announcement today has turned that into a reality. Extending the reach of these tested programmes is indicative of the relentless hard work of everyone involved in developing practice to help support children and families. It is a very important milestone in our collective journey to giving the best response we can, to children, families and carers, in need of support. Executive Director of the What Works Centre Michael Sanders said: The programme is in partnership with the What Works Centre, which will oversee the implementation of the programmes in local authorities. It will gather further evidence of their effectiveness in keeping children and parents together, with the aim of spreading best practice in the future.The projects being introduced or expanded in up to 40 new areas are based on: Steve Bambrough, Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock Clinic and member of the FDAC National Partnership, said: Family Drug and Alcohol Courts This project provides a problem solving approach to care proceedings, where a team of substance misuse specialists, domestic violence experts, psychiatrists and social workers carry out an early assessment and agree an intervention plan with parents who come before the court in care proceedings. Once in proceedings, parents begin a “trial for change”, supported by the specialist team and with regular meetings with the judge, who reviews the progress being made as well as adjudicating in the case . The Family Drug and Alcohol Court model has been evaluated previously and found to have strong evidence of a positive effect on family reunification. As well as expanding the model to new sites, innovations of the FDAC model in existing sites will be tested to see if further improvements can be made. Children at risk of being taken into care are set to benefit from programmes that tackle the root cause of family problems, by strengthening the expert support available from social workers, addiction specialists and psychiatrists.The new programme, Supporting Families; Investing in Practice, will help families work on issues together, including those impacted by domestic violence, substance misuse or addiction, in order to help create stability in the home for young people and prevent them being taken into care, where that is in their best interests. This is part of wider Government work to improve outcomes for children in need of support of a social worker, by creating home and school environments in which they can thrive.Modelled on existing Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) and a programme known as Family Group Conferencing, the innovative new projects will be rolled out in up to 40 new council areas. The Government has today announced up to £15 million over the next year, following the emerging success of these existing programmes.Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: The £15 million investment comes on top of £84 million committed by the Department for Education in April to help up to 20 councils support families to stay together through the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children programme. These projects aim to build resilience among more vulnerable families and improve how councils design and run services.The work complements the Government’s wider programme to improve the outcomes of vulnerable children, by recruiting and training the next generation of professional social workers.Applications to the programmes can be made here. Chief Social Worker Isabelle Trowler said:
For fans of the Allman Brothers, the last two years have felt just a little off without the band’s annual run at the Beacon Theatre. While all of the band’s esteemed members have kept themselves busy, it’s hard to imagine any musician not wanting to reunite with the ABB members should the opportunity arise.According to bassist Oteil Burbridge, that reunion may not be too far off. Burbridge spoke to JamBase about his role in Dead & Company, The Aquarium Rescue Unit, and more, but there was an intriguing question about the ABB that has our eyebrows raised.When asked if Burbridge missed the Allman Brothers band, he responded, “Honestly, not really. It needed to end when it did. It wasn’t feeling good anymore by that point. At least not to me anyway. I also get to play with Butch [Trucks], Jaimoe, Marc [Quiñones] and Jack Pearson pretty regularly so I still play those songs, it’s still in my life. We obviously needed a break from each other. Everyone is still on the road playing just not with each other, so you do the math.”Then, Burbridge spoke about a potential reunion spearheaded by founder Gregg Allman, though it seems there has been little follow up in a couple months. “Gregg [Allman] texted all of us right before the last Wanee about trying to put something together next year but I haven’t heard anything since then. I told him that I was down for it. I guess enough time has passed for him.”We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for these great musicians to get back together and play the classics, if only for one more time. You can see the full interview here.
By Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo April 12, 2018 A group of four Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) first lieutenants trained for 32 weeks at the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training course in Fort Rucker, Alabama. The officers gained skills and met the requirements necessary to earn FAP certification to fulfill their air missions. The training, from July 2017 to February 2018, consisted of 154 flight hours in Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. “Through this training, Fort Rucker helps us raise our service members’ skill and readiness levels,” FAP Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, chief of Operations, told Diálogo. “Training with one of the most prestigious and recognized forces in the world updates our doctrine. This adds to our personnel’s morale for combat and operations, as they feel better trained with new skills.” All FAP pilots, as well as pilots from partner nations in the hemisphere, receive training in rotary-wing aircraft tactics and techniques at the U.S. Army Flight School in Fort Rucker. U.S. Air Force pilots also attend the school for helicopter training. The Peruvian pilots’ training was split into four phases. The first phase consisted of 60 flight hours to get used to flying in rotary-wing aircraft. In the second phase, they learned flight instruments and landing at airports and airfields. Tactical training was done in the third phase, with pilots gaining combat skills over the course of 39 flight hours. Finally, the fourth phase included night training, during which they got used to flying wearing night-vision goggles. “Through the training, pilots achieve a higher level of individual readiness than what we do here [in Peru],” Lt. Gen. Hoyos said. “Unlike our trainers, who go through other programs, the trainers at Fort Rucker have actually been in the heat of combat operations. That enables us to have crews qualified to increase our number of operations.” Since 2010, FAP increased its level of involvement in operations against narcoterrorism, narcotrafficking, and illegal logging and mining thanks to training opportunities at Fort Rucker. “In light of this situation, helicopters were most frequently used in those theaters, therefore, [there was] a greater need for trained and capable [helicopter] pilots,” Lt. Gen. Hoyos explained. “The United States is the best option.” Operating in the VRAEM “Graduating from the rotary-wing course was a uniquely rewarding experience,” FAP First Lieutenant Adoniran Cruzado, a pilot with the 332nd Air Squadron, told Diálogo. “Regarding what I learned about night flying from the combat-trained U.S. Army instructors: given the level of readiness I need to maintain in the Air Force, I now use night-vision goggles in VRAEM [the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley] in the fight against narcoterrorism.” The VRAEM region is considered highly dangerous, as there are still terrorist remnants from the Shining Path group and narcotrafficking groups who grow coca leaves to process and commercialize cocaine hydrochloride. On one occasion in 2015, 1st Lt. Cruzado recalled, a terrorist cell attacked the helicopter he flew en route to Tapichi in VRAEM, on a mission to retrieve Army personnel injured in an ambush. “I immediately put into use the flight standards I learned at the school. After securing the area and putting a patrol on the ground, we were able to get the injured service members out with the help of special forces,” 1st Lt. Cruzado said. “We’re not immune to dangers inherent in fighting terrorism and drugs. That’s why these training oppotunities are important.” Bolstering the operational competence of Peru’s military forces and the National Police improved security in that part of the country. “The situation in VRAEM is quite favorable. Over the last six years, we recorded some great achievements in terms of arrests, reductions in coca leaf crop production, and drug interdictions,” Lt. Gen. Hoyos said. “The zone is now much more pacified, much quieter, but we’re not letting our guard down.” FAP flies helicopters similar to those used by the Peruvian Army and National Police. “Some Army and Police personnel are trained at Fort Rucker and others are trained with the Colombian Air Force,” Lt. Gen. Hoyos said. “Such cooperation helps us be more interoperable in joint operations and even in combined operations among air forces.” Prior year training events enabled Peruvian pilots to fly helicopters for more than 700 hours over 35 days to attend to all areas of the country hit by the Coastal El Niño weather event of 2017. The deployment of those units made it possible to rescue people trapped and cut off from the rest of the country due to intense rains, overflowing rivers, landslides, and mudslides, FAP reported. “We need more qualified pilots, given all the mission duties we carry out across the country,” 1st Lt. Cruzado added. SOUTHCOM support In addition to the training and preparation abroad, FAP counts on the support of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Special Operations, which periodically deploy to Peru. Their mission is to share with FAP members techniques to respond to natural disasters and tactics to interrupt the flow of illegal goods, and provide continuity to the country’s stability. In 2018, SOUTHCOM will offer FAP three training sessions on military tactics. “Each year, a SOUTHCOM Special Forces team travels to our country to train our special forces personnel on how to operate better in VRAEM. SOUTHCOM’s training efforts produce good results. We have far fewer casualties now—basically zero—because we’re better trained on new tactics,” 1st Lt. Cruzado concluded.
The USC men’s golf team is off to a strong start this spring after yesterday’s action at the Arizona Intercollegiate. The No. 24 Trojans stand in first place after the tournament’s opening 36 holes at 4-under, two strokes ahead of No. 3 Cal and well ahead of No. 16 New Mexico, which sits in third place. Brigham Young and host Arizona tied to round out the top five.Making the cut · Junior Anthony Paolucci shot a blistering 6-under in yesterday’s first round, earning him a spot atop the individual leaderboard. – Courtesy of USC Sports Information | Daily TrojanThe Trojans and the Golden Bears were knotted up at 3-under going into the final 18 holes, and it appeared that Cal would pull ahead as the day came to a close. A strong finish from freshman Rico Hoey, however, and a few slip-ups from the Bears allowed the Trojans to pull ahead of their Pac-12 rival in the final few holes.Leading the way for the Trojans was junior Anthony Paolucci, who outlasted Cal’s top-seeded player Brandon Hagy for a two-round low of 7-under.Hoey, who claimed the team’s top seed after an impressive fall season, and senior Jeffrey Kang each added 1-over marks for the Trojans.Paolucci got off to a blistering start, leading the pack after 18 holes with a 6-under 71. Hagy kept pace with a 2-under 69 and the pair remained well ahead of the crowd for the rest of the day.After a disappointing 2-over 73 in the opening round, Hoey returned to form with an 1-under performance over the second 18 holes. The freshman was coming off of an impressive victory in the Gifford Collegiate last fall, a tournament in which he and Paolucci claimed the top two spots on the leaderboard.USC and Cal figure to be battling all season in a deep Pac-12 conference. Also ranked in the top 25 are Stanford at No. 9, Washington at No. 14 and UCLA at No. 15, while Arizona State recently fell out of the rankings.The Golden Bears, who finished last season as the top-ranked team in the country, despite losing in the NCAA semifinals, lost top player Michael Kim to the pro tour over the winter break.Action resumes early this morning at the Sewalio Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. Results can be followed live at golfstat.com.