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Successful partnership working

Partnership working has far-reaching benefits for children’s services, ensuring resources go further and best practice is shared. Knowing what makes a successful partnership is key to strong leadership.

School admissions framework: Legal update

The current primary school admissions process continues to lead to poorer outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, says Richard Oldershaw of the Child Law Advice Service.

Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

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.