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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.

Creating paid internships

Young people are disproportionately affected by low wages and unpaid work, so youth organisations have a responsibility to lead the way by paying the real Living Wage and changing unfair practices

Designing better children's services

The Design in the Public Sector programme is helping councils and partners find new ways of delivering effective children's services using design methods. Jo Stephenson investigates

Children's charities find ways to thrive

Funding cuts and austerity mean charities can face an uphill struggle to survive. Joe Lepper speaks to three winners of the CYP Now Awards Children and Young People's Charity Award to see how they are faring.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Policy context

Child sexual exploitation, while on the radar of child protection agencies and organisations, was catapulted to the top of the political and policy agenda by the revelations in August 2014 that 1,400 children in Rotherham had been systematically sexually abused and exploited over a 16-year period.

Special Report: Child Sexual Exploitation

Rotherham's child sexual exploitation scandal propelled the issue to the forefront of policymaking. CYP Now investigates the key learning and strides taken to tackle perpetrators and protect children and young people.

Beating burnout

Former social worker Mike Bush, now a consultant and trainer on mental health in the workplace, advises managers on strategies to help their staff avoid "burning out" and leaving the profession.

Rethinking children's services

Local authorities are starting to test new ways to meet children and families' needs that focus on forging compassionate relationships between state and citizen amid rising demand for services, says Richard Selwyn.

Communicating children's services

Communicating the day-to-day work of children's services can be a challenge but is also vital. Jo Stephenson speaks to communication experts to identify 10 key ways to do this effectively.

Inspections: Joint targeted area inspections

Inspections of local safeguarding arrangements were introduced in 2016 to examine joint working across agencies, uncovering examples of how areas tackle neglect, child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.

When the Young Inspectors Call

Lincolnshire County Council's Young Inspectors programme gives young people the chance to help shape and improve services for them and their peers. Tom de Castella went to see how it works.