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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

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.

How to recruit and retain social workers

Recruitment and retention challenges in children's services mean councils are searching for new ways to attract and retain social workers. Joe Lepper looks at different approaches and investigates what actually works.

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.

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.

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.

Leadership: Inclusive recruitment

Individuals from diverse backgrounds offer employers a wealth of talent. Inclusive recruitment means not defining people by the challenges they face, but recognising the strengths they bring to a workplace.

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse: A Professional Debate

The national spotlight remains fixed on child sexual abuse as never before. Children & Young People Now joined forces with Cambian Group to host a comprehensive and candid debate involving a range of senior professionals on the ongoing efforts to understand, combat and prevent child sexual abuse in its various forms, and to address the trauma it causes for victims.

Care and capability

Looked-after young people are some of the most vulnerable in society. Charlotte Goddard examines the skills required and challenges across the workforce in providing quality care across the system.

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.

The policy context on Children's Mental Health

One in 10 five- to 16-year-olds have a diagnosable mental health problem; half of all mental health problems have become established by the age of 14; and children from low-income families are three times more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition than better-off peers.

Workplace engagement

It has never been more important for organisations to develop and maintain close connections with their employees, working collaboratively to address concerns and find solutions in a time of crisis.

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