Social Care In Depth
Practitioners from across the country gathered at CYP Now's Safeguarding Children conference in March to hear innovative ways in which services are endeavouring to keep children and young people safe from harm.
The government-commissioned review of outsourcing of children's services aims to identify best practice improvement models involving voluntary and commercial providers that councils can turn to quickly when problems are entrenched.
Draft proposals on the care of unaccompanied asylum-seeking and trafficked children are a welcome step but could go further, argues Rachel Hutchings, researcher at Coram Children's Legal Centre.
Neil Puffett talks to Sir Tony Hawkhead, chief executive of Action for Children.
Good Practice Case Studies
Council reduces its reliance on agency foster placements by overhauling its fostering recruitment strategy to reach out to more carers.
Programme of weekly sessions brings families together to confront and manage the impact substance misuse has had on their lives.
Merton improves co-ordination between services to safeguard young people from abuse.
Four local authorities in the North West pool their resources in effort to find new adoptive families.
Sing and Grow programme uses songs and games to encourage interaction between parents and children in adoptive families.