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Help volunteers support families

Volunteer mentor programmes for those on child protection or child in need plans can help local authorities to prevent statutory intervention and be the bridge to the wider community families need.

Groundbreaking course paves way for 40 years in social work

In 1978, graduates from the University of Bradford applied social studies course set out on their careers. They went on to be leaders in children's services, inspectorates, NHS services and in developing international welfare systems. Four of the Class of '78 reflect on how their training prepared them for social work practice and whether what they learned is still relevant today.

Supporting reading literacy, Finland

Globalisation and international migration have increased the number of students from immigrant backgrounds across Europe. For these students, learning the language can play a crucial role in their schoolwork, sense of inclusion in the school and integration into society.

Measuring the quality of care

In the last in a series of articles, the NSPCC explains how it developed an evidence-based approach to assessing the quality of care a child receives and identifying when deficient parenting is placing them at risk.