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What’s LOVE got to do with it?

Former ADCS president, Dave Hill CBE, died suddenly this week. He was a kind and compassionate man with a big heart who made a huge difference to so many lives.

Maintaining therapeutic relationships during lockdown

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  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020
The pandemic lockdown presented significant challenges for providers of children's homes. Here, Rhiannon Thomas, therapeutic manager at St Christopher’s Fellowship, outlines how its specialist therapeutic service helped staff working in the settings to maintain support for children and young people and address anxieties that arose.

An opportunity for meaningful change

All schools and colleges across the country are now allowed to open more widely to children if they feel able to as lockdown measures are being slowly eased.

Standing tall for early years

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  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
To mark Empathy Day (9 June), we launched our Standing Tall for Early Years campaign ­– with a call for all early years settings across the UK to join together in planting sunflower seeds with children and celebrate the sector’s move towards a fresh new chapter – especially after a turbulent few months.

Five ways to tackle post-Covid challenges for children's services

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  • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Latest research from the Children’s Services Funding Alliance, of which Barnardo’s is a member, estimates that between 2010/11 and 2018/19, funding for children’s and young people’s services has fallen by 23 per cent, from £9.7 to £7.4 billion, while funding per child and young person has fallen by an estimated 26 per cent from £571 to £425.

Many colours of the rainbow

As a student social worker, I came to understand that anti-discriminatory practice was the cornerstone of my social work training that needed to underpin all I did, professionally and personally.

Walk a mile in my shoes

I am a bit of a closet Elvis fan and the lockdown has led me to explore the backwaters of my record collection which, in turn, led me to 'The King’s' song ‘Walk A Mile in My Shoes’. This got me thinking…

Why semi-independent settings need regulating

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  • Wednesday, June 3, 2020
One children's practitioner explains why they quit a job at an unregulated accommodation provider over safety and bad practice concerns - and why it highlights the need to raise standards in these settings.