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Support for special guardians

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at calls for changes to special guardianship orders to ensure that carers are adequately prepared and supported.

The policy context on Attachment and Neglect

In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the scale of child neglect, its long-term effect on children's wellbeing and how interventions can prevent and repair the damage caused to children's ability to form strong attachments with parents and carers.

The policy context on preventing care proceedings

In the face of tightening council budgets and rising demand for children's social care services, policymakers and local leaders have for the past few years been devising ways to reduce children's services' use of care proceedings.

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.

Social Workers on the witness stand

Giving evidence in court can be a daunting experience for social workers. Eileen Fursland looks at the challenges and sees first-hand the training on offer.

Special Report: Preventing care proceedings

As the care system continues to come under increased pressure, children's services are focusing on ways to better support vulnerable children and families, and avoid the need for care proceedings to be initiated.

Legal Update: How to tackle repeat removals

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre, explores the need to address the problems of parents who lose successive children in repeat care proceedings.