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Make more time for direct work

Effective social work relies on face-to-face contact with children and families, but bureaucratic processes can often get in the way. Implement strategies that will free up practitioners' time for more direct work.

Communicating children's services

Communicating the day-to-day work of children's services can be a challenge but is also vital. Jo Stephenson speaks to communication experts to identify 10 key ways to do this effectively.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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