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Beating burnout

Former social worker Mike Bush, now a consultant and trainer on mental health in the workplace, advises managers on strategies to help their staff avoid "burning out" and leaving the profession.

The optimum place

As the number of children in care continues to rise, Joe Lepper examines how commissioners are juggling the perennial challenge of placing children according to their needs at reasonable cost.

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.

Measuring the 'unmeasurable'

Children's sector leaders face constant pressure to demonstrate impact, particularly when it comes to measuring "soft outcomes" for children and young people, but there are some key principles to follow

Legal Update: Special guardianship orders

Serious case review highlights need for rigorous assessments when placing a child with a special guardian, writes Kamena Dorling, head of policy & programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre.