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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.

Children’s services inspection

Ofsted says the children’s services inspection regime is working well, but an independent assessment found areas for improvement. The ADCS’s Steve Crocker tells Jo Stephenson how ILACS can be refined.

Shared Services: Special Report

Fresh evidence suggests collaboration is helping local authorities to find a wider range of care options for vulnerable children and introduce a greater array of good practice approaches to improve outcomes.

Evidence and Impact: Special Report

Innovative programmes are being developed to improve how services gather evidence on the impact they have to ensure resources are used in the most effective ways to boost outcomes for vulnerable children.

The contextual safeguarding debate

Local authority leaders discussed how they are using contextual safeguarding approaches to improve young people's safety outside the home, at a CYP Now debate in partnership with Servelec.

The Children Act 1989: 30 Years On

As children's services mark the 30th anniversary of the Children Act 1989, key figures from across the sector reflect on the impact the legislation has had and identify emerging threats to its core principles.

Inspections Clinic: Sector-led improvement

Hampshire County Council is one of a handful of high-performing local authorities that helps struggling councils improve children's services, but the benefits flow both ways, as Jo Stephenson reports.