Haymarket to launch children's services weekly

Hayter: edits Children Now

Haymarket is launching a weekly magazine aimed at the 25,000 managers and senior practitioners working in the children’s services sector.

It follows the acquisition of Children Now, the magazine produced by the National Children’s Bureau.

Children Now was published quarterly by the NCB, but Haymarket plans to increase the frequency to weekly, expand the pagination and editorial content and establish it as the only weekly title dedicated to the growing children’s services sector.

It will target readers working in education, children’s social services, family support, primary healthcare and children’s trusts.

Haymarket said it would take an independent stance, including news, analysis and features along with a specialist jobs section. NCB is expected to continue its involvement, providing information about children’s services.

Stovin Hayter, former editor of Young People Now and Third Sector, is editor, heading an editorial team of nine. Donna Murphy has moved from her post editing Haymarket’s IT Training to be associate editor. Steve Barrett, deputy editor of Young People Now, has moved up to take Hayter’s place as editor.

Publishing director Phil Manley said the tie-up with NCB was similar to the type of relationship Haymarket has with the National Youth Agency. Haymarket relaunched the NYA’s monthly title Young People Now as a weekly last year.

“Children Now is a magazine we have developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau,” he told Press Gazette. “It is going to be very different in look and obviously there is going to be more content. It will be produced with the same production design and editorial values as our other publications.”

NCB chief executive Paul Ennals said the launch would benefit the charity, which has been campaigning for better communication across the children’s sector for 40 years.

Children Now will sit alongside Haymarket’s existing titles Young People Now, Third Sector, Planning, Regeneration & Renewal and Management Today.

The first issue is due out on 7 January.

By Ruth Addicott

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