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Legal Update: Social media and adoption

Alexandra Conroy Harris, legal consultant at CoramBAAF, on how the ease of social media contact between adopted children and birth families is a challenge that could reset expectations for all parties.

Improving foster carer recruitment

A nationwide shortage of foster carers was exacerbated by the pandemic but services are starting to see a surge in interest. Recruitment experts and local authorities discuss successful strategies.

Children's Care Commissioning Special Report

Commissioners of children's services are key to ensuring vulnerable young people get the right placements. CYP Now's special report looks at the latest developments, academic research and examples of best practice.

Trauma-informed Practice: Special Report

Adverse childhood experiences can have far-reaching negative consequences on people’s lives, but there are growing efforts to implement trauma-informed practices in services to improve long-term outcomes.

Four decades of adoption & fostering

Adoption and fostering charity CoramBAAF celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020. As another year gets under way key figures from the organisation reflect on past achievements and priorities for 2021.

Sibling relationships in the care system

Children’s services and courts face serious challenges when making care plans or permanence orders for siblings, writes Dr John Simmonds, director of policy, research and development at CoramBAAF.

Therapeutic Care: Special Report

With rises in children coming into care and reporting mental health problems, policymakers and service providers are developing therapeutic care and support across a range of settings to help young people.

Special Report: Commissioning Care

Commissioners play a pivotal role in ensuring vulnerable children receive the care they need. However, demand and funding pressures are driving the development of new systems and changes in practice.

Cared-for learning

Emily Rogers looks at some innovative methods to raise the educational attainment of children in care, and reverse the damaging impact of adverse early life experiences on their ability to learn.

In a good place

As the number of children in care reaches record levels, Joe Lepper examines the challenge for commissioners to provide children with stable, happy homes that cater to their needs.

Ripe for reform

With government pledging to undertake a 'national stocktake' of foster care and MPs conducting their own inquiry, Joe Lepper asks what measures would improve quality of care and outcomes for children.