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Therapeutic Communities: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022
The term “therapeutic” – at least in the way commissioning specifications set out – focuses on the direct work of a therapist in weekly sessions with a child. While this important technical component has its place, it is only one limited element. In order for residential care, fostering, education or supported housing to be “therapeutic” something more is needed.

How music therapy supports children in therapeutic settings

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  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Music therapy is one of the innovative interventions central to the Coram Creative Therapies and Parenting Service. It supports a range of children and young people, particularly when they might not be able to engage in talking therapies and a more creative, strengths-based approach is needed.

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.

Achieving Change Together

Joint service between Rochdale and Wigan to support young victims of abuse and their families through counselling and therapy.

Special Report: Children's Mental Health

The Future in Mind national strategy and £1.4bn in funding is seeing a reorganisation of children's mental health services that is aiming to transform the outcomes of children and young people.

Leadership: Staff motivation and retention

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  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016
All children's services teams face the challenge of keeping staff turnover low against a landscape of tight budgets, so it is essential employers master the skills to retain, motivate and reward employees.

Special Report: Attachment and Neglect

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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The importance of strong attachments from early childhood - and of tackling the damage caused by neglect where these attachments are lacking - is seeing greater recognition in both policy and practice.

The duty to report FGM

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  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Professionals working with children now have a duty to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM). Louise Hunt investigates progress so far.

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