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How to be an adaptable employer

Flexible working approaches adopted during the pandemic point to how organisations can embrace the many advantages of being an adaptable employer that welcomes and supports disabled employees.

Remote working in children’s services

Many children’s professionals have been working remotely during the pandemic. Charlotte Goddard looks at the pros and cons and asks whether it could become the norm once the health crisis is over.

Sustainable Services: Special Report

‘Eco anxiety’ among young people is rising prompting many to protest over inaction by policymakers. Initiatives are now being developed across children’s services to be more environmentally sustainable.

Leadership: Swearing in the workplace

Leaders must set clear standards of behaviour for all staff to follow and establish a robust complaints and disciplinary procedure to ensure a safe workplace environment for employees and service users.

Commissioning of therapies

Some children need therapeutic support that does not fit into existing contracts with providers, making it more expensive to commission. By jointly commissioning with health, councils can deliver effective services and control costs, explains Toni Badnall.

Embed a culture of safeguarding

Embedding a culture of safeguarding means that it becomes an integral part of how an organisation operates at every level, from managers leading by example to equipping staff with the skills they need.

Children's Care Commissioning Special Report

Commissioners of children's services are key to ensuring vulnerable young people get the right placements. CYP Now's special report looks at the latest developments, academic research and examples of best practice.

Leadership: Aiming high

Only by having honest conversations about the values and strengths of our performance can we turn aspirations of aiming high into an achievable reality for the people we work with and support.

Rethinking job titles

Job descriptions and titles play a huge role in what we expect of professionals and how they perform. Unleash staff’s untapped potential by reconsidering titles that restrict their ability to work effectively.

Birmingham Children’s Trust: Three years in

Following a decade of poor performance, England’s largest children’s services department moved to a trust model in 2018. Charlotte Goddard speaks to key people about whether the move has paid off.

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.