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Motivate staff in a time of austerity

It can be tough to maintain staff morale as funding dwindles and caseloads expand, but there are some simple approaches managers can take to boost motivation and even help their workers feel joy.

Shared Services Briefing

This briefing highlights many of the issues facing councils, and asks whether ultimately, shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers.

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.

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.

Demonstrate trustworthiness

Public trust in charities is at its lowest point in a decade, but there are some key concepts that can help a charity to communicate its trustworthiness to stakeholders and the wider community alike.

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.