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Legal Update: Support for Afghan children

Marianne Lagrue, policy manager, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, assesses what political upheaval in Afghanistan means for the support that councils should provide to looked-after children and care leavers.

University challenge: help for care leavers

Care-experienced young people are significantly less likely to attend university than their peers. Experts explore what support needs to be in place for them to access the benefits of higher education.

Legal Update: Post-commencement adoptions

Alexandra Conroy Harris, legal consultant at CoramBAAF, sets out the process to access information under 2005 adoption reforms as the first children adopted “post-commencement” reach adulthood.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Special Report

Children’s services have been adapting during the pandemic to deliver interventions and support to vulnerable children and young people as experts warn of an uptick in child sexual exploitation cases.

Legal Update: Social media and adoption

Alexandra Conroy Harris, legal consultant at CoramBAAF, on how the ease of social media contact between adopted children and birth families is a challenge that could reset expectations for all parties.

Improving foster carer recruitment

A nationwide shortage of foster carers was exacerbated by the pandemic but services are starting to see a surge in interest. Recruitment experts and local authorities discuss successful strategies.

Children's Care Commissioning Special Report

Commissioners of children's services are key to ensuring vulnerable young people get the right placements. CYP Now's special report looks at the latest developments, academic research and examples of best practice.

Family court improvement forum

Louise Sims, kinship care and fostering consultant at CoramBAAF, discusses the benefits of Quality Circle, an innovative forum to identify good practice developed by the Sussex Family Justice Board.