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How to overcome the digital divide

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the ‘digital divide’ which widens inequalities between disadvantaged children and young people and their peers. Charlotte Goddard investigates.

Legal Update: Discharge of SGOs

Leonie Jordan, associate legal consultant at CoramBAAF, highlights some of the complex issues and potential instabilities surrounding the process for discharging special guardianship orders.

Foster Care: Special Report

While the number of fostering households has gone up, the range of carers available is not always able to meet the complex needs of children, with the system described as being at "breaking point".

Five key lessons from the Commission on Young Lives

Former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield has warned that the current children’s social care system is “making it too easy for criminals to exploit our teenagers” in her new role as chair of the Commission on Young Lives.

Sustainable Services: Special Report

‘Eco anxiety’ among young people is rising prompting many to protest over inaction by policymakers. Initiatives are now being developed across children’s services to be more environmentally sustainable.

Inspections Clinic: Tackling disproportionality

Inspectors now assess how youth offending services promote diversity and address disproportionality. While the issue is on the radar of most teams, few have made sufficient progress, reports Jo Stephenson.

Leadership: Swearing in the workplace

Leaders must set clear standards of behaviour for all staff to follow and establish a robust complaints and disciplinary procedure to ensure a safe workplace environment for employees and service users.

Legal Update: Care and immigration status

Aayad Lami, solicitor at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, explains what support councils should provide to non-British children in care to ensure their immigration issues are identified earlier.

We are the social work champions

Yorkshire and the Humber region’s Children’s Social Work Matters programme was set up 10 years ago to address workforce issues. Participants look at the key achievements and future challenges.

Inspections Clinic: Mock childcare inspections

Ofsted’s chief may have branded them a ‘waste of money’ but childcare providers and sector bodies tell Jo Stephenson that mock inspections offer vital preparation for when the inspectors do pay a visit.

Supporting families to help themselves

Glasgow-based charity 3D Drumchapel has supported families in one of the most deprived areas in Scotland for more than 20 years. Charlotte Goddard explores the challenges and keys to success.

Residential Care: Special Report

Latest figures show a growth in the number of residential children’s care homes, but local authorities continue to report problems in finding sufficient care placements to meet the needs of young people.

Game over: the risks of children gambling

Harmful gambling among children and young people is an increasing concern. Charlotte Goddard explores the problem and what support is available to families and children’s services professionals.

Tackling Youth Violence: Special Report

Despite a recent fall in knife-related assaults, there are fears the pandemic has fuelled the factors that give rise to youth violence, prompting fresh calls for action to divert young people from harm.

Legal Update: Support for Afghan children

Marianne Lagrue, policy manager, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, assesses what political upheaval in Afghanistan means for the support that councils should provide to looked-after children and care leavers.

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