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Five steps to keep social workers safe

Social workers support people in challenging circumstances, but being subject to abuse and violence is never acceptable, so it is important that employers and staff take steps to ensure practitioners' safety.

Managing risk in children's homes

Risk management is an important element of practice in children's homes. Here Ofsted's national director of social care Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson about what the regulator is looking for from settings.

Forging Lifelong Links for children in care

The Lifelong Links model being tested in England and Scotland aims to establish and rebuild key relationships for looked-after children. Jo Stephenson spoke to authorities trialling the approach.

Special Report: Exploitation and Vulnerability

Amid rising concerns about child criminal and sexual exploitation, policymakers and service providers are developing intelligence-led approaches to protecting vulnerable groups and supporting abuse victims.

Recognising and Responding to Young People With Learning Disabilities Who Experience, or Are at Risk of, Child Sexual Exploitation in the UK

Findings from recent studies suggest there is an increased risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) for young people with learning disabilities. However, there is a lack of evidence concerning how best to protect, identify and support these young people. This exploratory study aimed to address this gap by examining the identification of, and support for sexually exploited young people with learning disabilities.

Special Report: Exploitation and Vulnerability: Policy context

Safeguarding agencies now recognise that vulnerable children and young people are at risk of exploitation in a number of ways including by criminal gangs, political and religious extremists and paedophiles. Although the nature of the exploitation will vary depending on the circumstances, the methods used by those who exploit young people are similar.

The team you call out in a crisis

Liverpool's Instant Response Team works with families to help stop children going into care, winning the 2017 CYP Now award for public sector children's team of the year. Tom de Castella followed them on a typical day.

Special Report: Commissioning Care

Commissioners play a pivotal role in ensuring vulnerable children receive the care they need. However, demand and funding pressures are driving the development of new systems and changes in practice.