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Commissioning Care: Special Report

Recommendations in the Care Review aim to improve co-ordination and management in the care market while driving down costs for councils, but some believe the proposals do not go far enough.

Employing care leavers

Care-experienced young people can find looking for a job more difficult than their peers, but there are a number of measures employers can put in place to support care leavers entering the world of work.

Inspections Clinic: Youth offending services

Latest probation inspectorate annual report highlights services striving to tackle disproportionality but management of young offender risk in the community remains a problem, reports Jo Stephenson.

Responding to the rise in home education

The pandemic appears to have prompted a significant increase in the number of children being educated at home. Charlotte Goddard looks at what this means for families and children’s services.

Youth work and sport: Special report

With activity levels among children and young people having fallen since the pandemic, a number of policies and funding programmes aim to encourage participation to improve physical and mental health.

Legal Update: SEND Review and green paper

Qaisar Sheikh, head of education law and senior solicitor at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, outlines the key proposals and flaws in the government’s intended reforms to the special educational needs system.

Inspections Clinic: Multi-agency safeguarding

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, joint targeted area inspections are back. However, as Jo Stephenson reports, there are some key changes children’s services teams and practitioners need to understand.

Putting the Care Pledge into Practice

To mark the third anniversary of the Care Experienced Conference, which led to the creation of a care pledge, those involved reflect on how the key messages have influenced policy and practice.

Digital Solutions Special Report

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how digital services can be part of the solution to delivering care and support to vulnerable children and families – and provide new ways of tackling problems.

Inspections Clinic: Monitoring school attendance

Latest figures suggest that one in five pupils in England are persistently missing class, prompting Ofsted and the government to look at more support for schools struggling with the issue, reports Jo Stephenson.

Legal Update: Migrant looked-after children

With one in 10 children in care being non-British, local authorities need to do more to identify and address their needs, says Marianne Lagrue, policy manager at Coram Children’s Legal Centre.

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