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Around the corner

Young people in residential care will soon have the right to 'stay close' to their placement when they leave, helping smooth the transition to adulthood. Joe Lepper investigates how this is likely to work.

The optimum place

As the number of children in care continues to rise, Joe Lepper examines how commissioners are juggling the perennial challenge of placing children according to their needs at reasonable cost.

Cared-for learning

Emily Rogers looks at some innovative methods to raise the educational attainment of children in care, and reverse the damaging impact of adverse early life experiences on their ability to learn.

Achievement against the odds

Looked-after children's educational performance trails far behind their peers. Jo Stephenson asks what role social workers can play to narrow the attainment gap.

In a good place

As the number of children in care reaches record levels, Joe Lepper examines the challenge for commissioners to provide children with stable, happy homes that cater to their needs.

Why bigger is often better in children’s residential care

Children coming into residential care are often unable to sustain the intensity of living in a small family unit. Larger homes can offer more opportunities to address the emotional, behavioural, social and developmental needs of every child, supporting their psychological wellbeing until they are able to move successfully into a family environment.

Ripe for reform

With government pledging to undertake a 'national stocktake' of foster care and MPs conducting their own inquiry, Joe Lepper asks what measures would improve quality of care and outcomes for children.

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.

Residential Care: Special Report

As local authorities predict a surge in demand for residential care as a result of the pandemic, CYP Now’s special report looks at policy developments, latest academic research and examples of innovative practice.

Care and capability

Looked-after young people are some of the most vulnerable in society. Charlotte Goddard examines the skills required and challenges across the workforce in providing quality care across the system.

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.

Residential Care: Policy context

Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented set of challenges for children’s social care services, and this is particularly so for residential child care.

Feeling at home

The Narey review argues that the prevailing view of children's residential care as an 'anachronism' significantly underestimates its contribution. Joe Lepper asks how these views can be overturned.

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