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How to get value for money

Getting value for money has never been more important, but it is about much more than just driving down costs; public sector organisations must think creatively and consider "disruptive" innovations.

Disorganized Attachment in Infancy: A Review of the Phenomenon and its Implications for Clinicians and Policy-Makers

This review paper, co-authored by international academics and clinicians, presents a consensus of what is currently understood about disorganised infant attachment and the implications for clinical and child welfare practices. It identifies misconceptions and misapplications of the concept and provides examples of evidence-based interventions that use attachment theory to help families.

Inspections: Local authority foster care

The number of local authority foster placements rose last year, with Ofsted analysis showing most councils delivering high-quality services with improvements in placement stability and post-18 support.

The austerity challenge

Richard Selwyn assesses the long-term and hidden costs of public-sector austerity, and asks what can we do about it.

The art of commissioning

In the first of a series of articles, commissioner Richard Selwyn outlines the key principles of good children's services commissioning.

Around the corner

Young people in residential care will soon have the right to 'stay close' to their placement when they leave, helping smooth the transition to adulthood. Joe Lepper investigates how this is likely to work.

Front of Mind

Increased political profile and a new care framework offer a chance to improve children's mental health services. Louise Hunt examines the prospects and looks at the innovative work of local projects.

Caring in the classroom

The Roots of Empathy programme aims to help pupils understand their own feelings and those of others. Rowenna Davis visits a primary school in Blackheath, south-east London, to see it in action.

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