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Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
At its best, technology speeds up laborious inputting of information, enabling children’s services practitioners to spend more time with their clients, helps commissioners to identify trends so they can prioritise resources, and enable leaders to make informed choices on how services are structured.

Champions for learning in care

Virtual school heads have formed an association to influence policy on looked-after children's education, writes Jane Pickthall, vice chair, National Association of Virtual School Heads.

Be thankful for an unradical, quite sensible social work bill

During my professional career, I have from time to time found myself newly responsible for an unfamiliar area of work. It's always seemed sensible to me to start by talking to expert colleagues, and to read around the subject to gain a general understanding. That process has always included going back to the original source material and reading the underlying legislation. I have on my bookshelf a variety of Acts of Parliament with post-it notes showing the evolution of my ignorance into some degree of knowledge on topics as varied as school admissions and inspections.

Leadership: Staff motivation and retention

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  • Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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.

Legal Update: Blocked from higher education

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  • Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Kamena Dorling, head of policy and programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre, explains why proposed changes to student support regulations are so significant for young people with immigration issues.

Quiz of the year 2015

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  • Tuesday, December 8, 2015
An election result that defied pollsters, turmoil in children's charity funding and plummeting adoption figures - 2015 was a turbulent year. Test your knowledge of the past 12 months' events in children's services by taking the CYP Now quiz!

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