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Leadership: Staff motivation and retention

All children's services teams face the challenge of keeping staff turnover low against a landscape of tight budgets, so it is essential employers master the skills to retain, motivate and reward employees.

The policy context on Attachment and Neglect

In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the scale of child neglect, its long-term effect on children's wellbeing and how interventions can prevent and repair the damage caused to children's ability to form strong attachments with parents and carers.

Challenges of 2012/13: The debate

Senior local government figures thrashed out the challenges for children's services in the financial year ahead at a debate organised by CYP Now and 4Children. Ravi Chandiramani reports

Interview: Sarah Teather, minister for children and families

Sarah Teather is apologising that her rather functional Westminster office is not as homely as those of fellow ministers. "You should see some of them, especially the men's - have you seen Tim Loughton's?" she giggles. "They like to nest. But I've not been very good at nesting here."

Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

Election 2017: Party Policy Guide

Neil Puffett has trawled the manifestos to provide the definitive guide to what the three main UK-wide parties pledge on key issues for children, young people and families.

Early intervention leaders' debate

Children's services leaders from councils across England discussed the current challenges of resourcing effective early help services at a debate hosted by CYP Now in partnership with Capita One.

Learning Through Play, USA

Experiencing abuse or neglect can hinder the development of executive function skills, which children need in order to filter distractions, prioritise tasks, and control impulses.

Special Report: Policy - Outdoor Learning

Research showing outdoor learning makes children happier and improves attainment has prompted a £10m investment by policymakers, yet disadvantaged groups still struggle to access opportunities

Special Report: Research: Outdoor Learning - Research evidence: Study 5

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom is a charity that promotes the opportunity for all children to experience life and lessons beyond the classroom as a regular part of growing up. It provides support on the ground, facilitating the sharing of best practice and promoting the benefits of outdoor learning for engaging children in education

Inspections Clinic: Ofsted early years forum

A new group of early education academics and childcare experts has been convened by Ofsted to discuss research, practice, inspection and areas for improvement. Jo Stephenson finds out what it hopes to achieve.

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