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Careers In Depth

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secure Youth Work - Jobs and training trends

Youth work courses are continuing to adapt to meet changing employment conditions in the sector. Charlotte Goddard examines how institutions are preparing students for employment opportunities.

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secure Your guide to the Children and Families Act

What the act means for everyday practice across the children's workforce.

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secure The 2014 Report

Sector leaders look at the year ahead for children and young people.

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secure Councils outsmart Youth Contract

Two localised versions of the Youth Contract appear to put the national youth employment scheme to shame.

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Career Profiles

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secure Careers: Hostel manager

Hostel managers play a vital role in meeting the needs of homeless young people, finds Charlotte Goddard

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secure Career Profile: Jane Comeau, childminder and vice chair of NCMA

Jane Comeau has been a childminder since 1995.

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secure Careers Interview: Katrina Swain, family court adviser

There is no typical day for a family court adviser. On one day they might be in court, for example ensuring a family has the support they need to have contact with a child.

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secure Careers Interview: David Wright, owner and manager, PaintPots nursery chain

David Wright owns and manages the PaintPots nursery chain in Southampton. He gained Early Years Professional Status as part of the programme's pilot in 2007, through the University of Southampton - he was one of the first people to enrol on the course.

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secure Careers Interview: Annie New, extended schools co-ordinator for the Alban Way Consortium

Annie New works across five primary schools and two secondary schools.

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secure Careers Interview: Kim Hatley, family outreach worker, Wishing Well Children's Centre, Rochford, Essex

Kim Hatley has worked as a family outreach worker for two years. She says she "absolutely loves" her job working for children's charity 4Children.

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secure Careers Interview: Philippa Grace, senior educational psychologist, Education Bradford

Philippa Grace has been a psychologist for 12 years and describes her job as "working creatively and effectively to apply psychology to make a difference in children's lives".

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secure Careers Interview: Alison Lines, Senco at Gartree High School in Leicestershire

Alison Lines has been a full-time Senco at Gartree for three years, and oversees a team of 15 learning support assistants. They work with around 150 children in the school with a range of special educational needs.

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secure Careers Interview: Sunita Shah, clinical lead for speech and language therapy, Brent Community Paediatrics

Sunita Shah has been working as a speech and language therapist in Brent for almost seven years. As clinical lead of the service, she manages a team of three therapists who work across five sites in the borough.

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