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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.

Cared-for learning

Emily Rogers looks at some innovative methods to raise the educational attainment of children in care, and reverse the damaging impact of adverse early life experiences on their ability to learn.

Becoming Dads

Pablo Fernndez; British Association for Adoption and Fostering; ISBN 978-1907585296; 8.95; 144 pages

Hurt

Julia Webb-Harvey; Live It Publishing; ISBN 9781906954093; 17.99; 343 pages

Achievement against the odds

Looked-after children's educational performance trails far behind their peers. Jo Stephenson asks what role social workers can play to narrow the attainment gap.

Social care: the route to qualification

Children's social workers: To work with children as a qualified social worker, staff must hold the BA (Hons) Degree in Social Work or an equivalent qualification. The degree courses have replaced the Diploma in Social Work programmes, although the diploma itself and its equivalents are still recognised as professional qualifications.