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International Focus: Perinatal care, Australia

The cost to the UK of perinatal mental health difficulties is estimated to be £8bn annually. Jill Domoney visited Australia, a world-leader in this field, to see how agencies there support new parents and infants.

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.

Therapeutic Communities: Special Report

There has been a recent rise in interest from policymakers and commissioners in the important role therapeutic communities play in supporting some of the most traumatised children and young people.

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.

Benefits of literacy, US and Canada

Teacher Olivia Richards visited programmes in the US and Canada to see how they support the social and emotional development of pupils through reading and writing initiatives before developing her own project.

Game over: the risks of children gambling

Harmful gambling among children and young people is an increasing concern. Charlotte Goddard explores the problem and what support is available to families and children’s services professionals.