In Depth

Creating paid internships

Young people are disproportionately affected by low wages and unpaid work, so youth organisations have a responsibility to lead the way by paying the real Living Wage and changing unfair practices

Commissioning paediatric therapies

Policy and practice can influence the purchasing of therapeutic services for young people, says Toni Badnall-Neill.

Reshape the language of care

Some of the language used by professionals can leave young people feeling confused and disempowered, so take a more compassionate and inclusive approach to communication to build stronger relationships.

Commissioning: Predictive analytics

Commissioners are using systems that predict need to shape service design and funding allocation, says Toni Badnall-Neill.

Commissioning Children's Services: Special Report

How children's services are commissioned has been the subject of intense scrutiny by policymakers in recent years. Sector experts analyse the forces driving changes in commissioning policies and practice.