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Policy: Commissioning – Placement Planning

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  • Thursday, May 28, 2020
How local authority children’s services commissioners ensure sufficient high-quality placements for vulnerable children while navigating a complex series of social, political and financial pressures

Inspections Clinic - Ofsted’s Covid-19 response

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Ofsted’s national director for social care Yvette Stanley answers 10 key questions about what steps the regulator is taking to keep children and staff safe during the Covid-19 outbreak. By Jo Stephenson

Leadership - Heart-centred leadership

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Leaders are often under enormous pressure to do more with ever-dwindling resources, but taking a ‘heart-centred’ approach can help them to better support their staff through these challenging times

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
At its best, technology speeds up laborious inputting of information, enabling children’s services practitioners to spend more time with their clients, helps commissioners to identify trends so they can prioritise resources, and enable leaders to make informed choices on how services are structured.

Shared Services: Policy context

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  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
Defining what shared services are is vital to understand the approaches that work best in services for children and young people and whether there is scope for this to grow.

We must be clear about what we mean by shared services

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  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
The language of shared services has become prevalent over the last few years, particularly in local government policy making and public services delivery. However, as these studies illustrate, the meaning of shared services is open to interpretation, and care is required about whether this is a useful term or yet another buzz term that seeks collaborative advantage.

Age of criminal responsibility

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  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales remains one of the lowest in the world after it is raised in Scotland from eight to 12.

Evidence and Impact: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Despite the political parties pledging billions of pounds of additional investment in public services during the election campaign – and assurances from ministers in the previous government that the era of austerity is over – the need for projects and organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and families to demonstrate their interventions are an efficient and effective use of resources has never been greater.

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