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Trauma-Informed Services: Policy Context

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  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022
CYP Now’s special report on trauma-informed services summarises the key policy drivers shaping trauma-based practice and interventions, assesses latest research on the impact that trauma-informed approaches are having, and highlights examples of innovative practice across agencies working with vulnerable children and families.

International Focus: Autism support, New Zealand

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  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Emily Niner visited New Zealand to see how agencies there deliver post-diagnostic support to children and young people with autism, and explore what practices could be replicated by services in the UK.

Commissioning Care: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022
CYP Now’s Special Report on Commissioning Care outlines the key measures in the Care Review, hears from experts across the sector on the impact these could have on services, summarises latest influential research and highlights examples of good commissioning practice involving councils and providers.

Youth work and sport – Policy context

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  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Activity levels among children and young people generally have fallen since the pandemic. Latest figures from Sport England show that 45 per cent meet the chief medical officer’s target of 60 minutes of exercise a day, while a third of young people undertake less than half the recommended amount.

Digital Solutions: Policy context

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  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Covid-19 pushed children’s services providers to reimagine how they work with each other and the families they’re looking to support and protect.

Policy context: Access to the outdoors

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  • Tuesday, March 29, 2022
According to the Children’s People and Nature Survey (C-PANS) published by Natural England in February, 96 per cent of children said they spent time outside (somewhere other than their garden) at least once a week in August 2021.

Therapeutic Communities: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022
The term “therapeutic” – at least in the way commissioning specifications set out – focuses on the direct work of a therapist in weekly sessions with a child. While this important technical component has its place, it is only one limited element. In order for residential care, fostering, education or supported housing to be “therapeutic” something more is needed.

How music therapy supports children in therapeutic settings

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  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Music therapy is one of the innovative interventions central to the Coram Creative Therapies and Parenting Service. It supports a range of children and young people, particularly when they might not be able to engage in talking therapies and a more creative, strengths-based approach is needed.

Foster care: policy context

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  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Latest Department for Education data on looked-after children shows that 71 per cent of the 80,850 children in care in 2020/21 were in foster placements, down on the 75 per cent peak in 2015.

Sustainable Services: Policy context

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  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021
There are numerous studies showing how events like floods, fires, drought and harm to animals as a result of habitat destruction are affecting the mental health of young people, who now face even more uncertainty about their future because of the pandemic.

Residential Care: Demand, supply and sufficiency

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  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Department for Education figures published in November show that 14 per cent of the 80,850 children looked after by local authorities live in residential care settings, the same proportion as the year before.

Tackling youth violence: policy context

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  • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
A survey of local directors of public health by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) for England assessed local responses to youth violence and gangs.

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