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Therapeutic Communities: Special Report

There has been a recent rise in interest from policymakers and commissioners in the important role therapeutic communities play in supporting some of the most traumatised children and young people.

Remote working in children’s services

Many children’s professionals have been working remotely during the pandemic. Charlotte Goddard looks at the pros and cons and asks whether it could become the norm once the health crisis is over.

Legal Update: Rights over exclusions

Machela Boampong, senior paralegal at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, and Dr Simon Gallacher, a freelance education research and policy adviser, on an analysis of school exclusions in North Kensington in London.

Inspections Clinic: Leaving care services

Evidence from Ofsted shows support to help care leavers transition to independence is still lacking. The inspectorate tells Jo Stephenson of its plans to sharpen councils’ focus on improving provision.

Local area SEND inspections

Children and young people with SEND have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, yet Ofsted inspections show support in many areas is substandard and not improving, reports Jo Stephenson.

How to overcome the digital divide

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the ‘digital divide’ which widens inequalities between disadvantaged children and young people and their peers. Charlotte Goddard investigates.

Legal Update: Discharge of SGOs

Leonie Jordan, associate legal consultant at CoramBAAF, highlights some of the complex issues and potential instabilities surrounding the process for discharging special guardianship orders.

Foster Care: Special Report

While the number of fostering households has gone up, the range of carers available is not always able to meet the complex needs of children, with the system described as being at "breaking point".

Five key lessons from the Commission on Young Lives

Former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield has warned that the current children’s social care system is “making it too easy for criminals to exploit our teenagers” in her new role as chair of the Commission on Young Lives.

Sustainable Services: Special Report

‘Eco anxiety’ among young people is rising prompting many to protest over inaction by policymakers. Initiatives are now being developed across children’s services to be more environmentally sustainable.

Inspections Clinic: Tackling disproportionality

Inspectors now assess how youth offending services promote diversity and address disproportionality. While the issue is on the radar of most teams, few have made sufficient progress, reports Jo Stephenson.

Leadership: Swearing in the workplace

Leaders must set clear standards of behaviour for all staff to follow and establish a robust complaints and disciplinary procedure to ensure a safe workplace environment for employees and service users.

Legal Update: Care and immigration status

Aayad Lami, solicitor at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, explains what support councils should provide to non-British children in care to ensure their immigration issues are identified earlier.

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