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Birmingham Children’s Trust: Three years in

Following a decade of poor performance, England’s largest children’s services department moved to a trust model in 2018. Charlotte Goddard speaks to key people about whether the move has paid off.

Family court improvement forum

Louise Sims, kinship care and fostering consultant at CoramBAAF, discusses the benefits of Quality Circle, an innovative forum to identify good practice developed by the Sussex Family Justice Board.

Secure children’s homes: Inspections Clinic

Secure children’s homes cater for some of the most vulnerable children but there is a serious shortage of placements. Jo Stephenson looks at how good partnerships and staff levels are key to inspection outcomes.

Why bigger is often better in children’s residential care

Children coming into residential care are often unable to sustain the intensity of living in a small family unit. Larger homes can offer more opportunities to address the emotional, behavioural, social and developmental needs of every child, supporting their psychological wellbeing until they are able to move successfully into a family environment.

Recipe for beating childhood obesity

Obesity is one of the biggest long-term health challenges. Professionals explore what needs to change and five councils outline how they are developing healthy food schemes for disadvantaged children.