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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.

Recipe for beating Childhood obesity

Obesity is one of the biggest long-term health challenges. Professionals explore what needs to change and five councils outline how they are developing healthy food schemes for disadvantaged children.

Trauma-informed Practice: Special Report

Adverse childhood experiences can have far-reaching negative consequences on people’s lives, but there are growing efforts to implement trauma-informed practices in services to improve long-term outcomes.

Guide to Outcomes-based Commissioning

As local authorities come under growing pressure to manage increasing demand for children’s services heightened by the pandemic, Bloom’s innovative model helps councils commission quality providers across a range of services based on meeting agreed outcomes.

How Covid-19 remade children’s services

A year on from the emergence of the coronavirus and onset of the pandemic, experts assess the long-term impact of the disruption it has caused to children’s services and young people’s lives.

Parenting Programmes: Special Report

Parenting programmes aim to give parents the insights and skills they need to help their children thrive. CYP Now’s special report looks at the latest developments, academic research and examples of best practice.

Early years inspections during Covid

Ofsted analysis highlights the ways childcare providers have adapted how they support children’s language and communication development during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Jo Stephenson.

Four decades of adoption & fostering

Adoption and fostering charity CoramBAAF celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020. As another year gets under way key figures from the organisation reflect on past achievements and priorities for 2021.

Tackling presenteeism

A culture that encourages stressed staff to turn up for work while ignoring their health can be more costly to employers than absenteeism. Leaders must learn the skills to safeguard workplace wellbeing.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Resilience Fund

The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award has launched a Resilience Fund to help up to 12,000 disadvantaged young people participate in the awards scheme during the Covid-19 crisis.

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