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Frontline staff in the media

Media training for staff can be a game-changer in engaging with the press, so put trust in your frontline workers to tell stories in their own words and open the door to more authentic coverage.

Youth Work: Policy context

The last decade was not good for youth work. The statistics are well known: since 2010, hundreds of youth clubs have been closed; thousands of youth work jobs lost; and more than 100,000 places for young people scrapped – the result of a 75 per cent reduction in council youth work budgets.

Unregistered children’s homes: Legal Update

As the number of children being taken into care continues to rise, Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at concerns regarding unregulated and unregistered children’s homes.

Motivate staff in a time of austerity

It can be tough to maintain staff morale as funding dwindles and caseloads expand, but there are some simple approaches managers can take to boost motivation and even help their workers feel joy.

Children’s services inspection

Ofsted says the children’s services inspection regime is working well, but an independent assessment found areas for improvement. The ADCS’s Steve Crocker tells Jo Stephenson how ILACS can be refined.

Making the case for personalised learning

Personalised learning approaches, often using the latest technology, improve the attainment of disadvantaged children, but critics are concerned it narrows the curriculum, finds Charlotte Goddard.

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.

Beacon of hope for child abuse victims

The Lighthouse is a ground-breaking project aimed at improving experiences and outcomes for children and young people who have been sexually abused. Tom de Castella meets the team.

Evidence and Impact: Special Report

Innovative programmes are being developed to improve how services gather evidence on the impact they have to ensure resources are used in the most effective ways to boost outcomes for vulnerable children.

Tackling the fall in childminders

The past decade has seen a step decline in the number of childminders. Jo Stephenson assesses the role that difficult relations with Ofsted and regulatory pressures have played and what needs to change,

The contextual safeguarding debate

Local authority leaders discussed how they are using contextual safeguarding approaches to improve young people's safety outside the home, at a CYP Now debate in partnership with Servelec.

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