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Research - Report: Care-experienced Young People and Higher Education

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  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020
In the UK, children and young people who have been in care are significantly less likely to progress into higher education. Researchers from Cardiff University’s Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (Cascade) set out to explore the expectations of young people in care when it came to higher education and how expectations change over time.

How I Got Here - Jade Swain-Veneziale

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  • Thursday, May 28, 2020
I first started attending my local children’s centre when I became a mum in April 2015. I had health complications following the birth of my daughter, and because I have no family close by and at the time I was in an unstable marriage, I felt very unsupported and isolated. I was desperate for somewhere to go where I could find advice, support and comfort and where I could also feel safe.

Policy: Commissioning – Placement Planning

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  • Thursday, May 28, 2020
How local authority children’s services commissioners ensure sufficient high-quality placements for vulnerable children while navigating a complex series of social, political and financial pressures

Inspections Clinic - Ofsted’s Covid-19 response

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Ofsted’s national director for social care Yvette Stanley answers 10 key questions about what steps the regulator is taking to keep children and staff safe during the Covid-19 outbreak. By Jo Stephenson

Leadership - Heart-centred leadership

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Leaders are often under enormous pressure to do more with ever-dwindling resources, but taking a ‘heart-centred’ approach can help them to better support their staff through these challenging times

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.

Shared Services: Policy context

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  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
Defining what shared services are is vital to understand the approaches that work best in services for children and young people and whether there is scope for this to grow.

We must be clear about what we mean by shared services

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  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
The language of shared services has become prevalent over the last few years, particularly in local government policy making and public services delivery. However, as these studies illustrate, the meaning of shared services is open to interpretation, and care is required about whether this is a useful term or yet another buzz term that seeks collaborative advantage.

Age of criminal responsibility

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  • Thursday, January 2, 2020
The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales remains one of the lowest in the world after it is raised in Scotland from eight to 12.

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