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We are the social work champions

Yorkshire and the Humber region’s Children’s Social Work Matters programme was set up 10 years ago to address workforce issues. Participants look at the key achievements and future challenges.

Inspections Clinic: Mock childcare inspections

Ofsted’s chief may have branded them a ‘waste of money’ but childcare providers and sector bodies tell Jo Stephenson that mock inspections offer vital preparation for when the inspectors do pay a visit.

Supporting families to help themselves

Glasgow-based charity 3D Drumchapel has supported families in one of the most deprived areas in Scotland for more than 20 years. Charlotte Goddard explores the challenges and keys to success.

Residential Care: Special Report

Latest figures show a growth in the number of residential children’s care homes, but local authorities continue to report problems in finding sufficient care placements to meet the needs of young people.

Game over: the risks of children gambling

Harmful gambling among children and young people is an increasing concern. Charlotte Goddard explores the problem and what support is available to families and children’s services professionals.

Tackling Youth Violence: Special Report

Despite a recent fall in knife-related assaults, there are fears the pandemic has fuelled the factors that give rise to youth violence, prompting fresh calls for action to divert young people from harm.

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.

Inspections Clinic: Large social care providers

Large private companies continue to play an increasing role in the provision of children’s home and fostering placements. Jo Stephenson analyses what the data says about the quality of large providers.

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.

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