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Programmes bid to instil children with vital life skill of 'character'

Faced with a surge in mental health problems among children, the government hopes to promote coping strategies to help overcome life's challenges. But what determines good character and how do you teach it?

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Councils struggle to meet rise in demand for child protection

Freedom of Information Act data shows there has been a rise over the past year in the number of children in care and on child protection plans, with children's services leaders warning of major consequences for how councils work.

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Outdoor learning: Getting out and about

Advocates of outdoor learning highlight a wide variety of benefits for children and young people. Charlotte Goddard looks at the evidence and explores a range of projects that teach new skills.

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Councils and charities absorb the impact of Whitehall spending cuts

Recent cuts to government department budgets look set to be the start of a new round of austerity in public sector spending. Three experts outline the impact these cuts will have and offer ideas on how the effect can be minimised.

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Prioritising permanence: Kevin Williams, chief executive, The Fostering Network

Derren Hayes meets Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network.

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