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Policy: Commissioning – Placement Planning

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  • Thursday, May 28, 2020
How local authority children’s services commissioners ensure sufficient high-quality placements for vulnerable children while navigating a complex series of social, political and financial pressures

Leadership - Heart-centred leadership

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Leaders are often under enormous pressure to do more with ever-dwindling resources, but taking a ‘heart-centred’ approach can help them to better support their staff through these challenging times

Funding Focus - Coronavirus funding

With the voluntary sector set to lose £4bn in income due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, children’s charities have been calling for support from government and grant-giving organisations to offset losses in trading activities and donations over the past few months. Some funders have acted quickly to give grant recipients more flexibility over how they use money to support those affected by the crisis, while others have set up dedicated emergency fund programmes to help voluntary organisations survive. Here are the key developments.

Research - Report: Impact of Children’s Lack of Understanding of Why They are in Care

In England and Wales adopted children must be given a life story book, which adoptive parents can use to help children understand their background. This is also recommended for children in foster and residential care but is not statutory. Researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford set out to discover whether children and young people in foster, residential and kinship care felt they had been given a full explanation of the reasons for their entry to care. The researchers also wanted to explore the impact of a lack of understanding of the need to be placed in care on children’s wellbeing.

Community Spirit

Covid-19 has understandably consumed nearly all of our attention over the past couple of months.

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