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Adverse Childhood Experiences: Special Report

Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can increase the risk of poor life outcomes, so policymakers and practitioners are developing new ways to prevent ACEs and support children at risk of them.

Inspections: Regulatory work continues

Many Ofsted inspections have been put on hold during lockdown, but the regulator now plans to scale up its activity in social care to protect vulnerable children. Jo Stephenson investigates.

How I Got Here - Ray Pearce

I started at the bottom, working in a factory manufacturing tubular components for machinery. After six months, the chief executive found out I’d been accepted onto a journalism degree course and fast-tracked me to a team management role. I worked my way up until I was managing four high level accounts generating £250,000 in sales every week, while also completing my course and having the first of my three children. It was quite a juggling act – but one that stood me in good stead as it taught me how to set priorities, balance workload and look after myself and family.

Successful partnership working

Partnership working has far-reaching benefits for children’s services, ensuring resources go further and best practice is shared. Knowing what makes a successful partnership is key to strong leadership.

School admissions framework: Legal update

The current primary school admissions process continues to lead to poorer outcomes for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, says Richard Oldershaw of the Child Law Advice Service.

Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

Sibling relationships in the care system

Children’s services and courts face serious challenges when making care plans or permanence orders for siblings, writes Dr John Simmonds, director of policy, research and development at CoramBAAF.

Therapeutic Care: Special Report

With rises in children coming into care and reporting mental health problems, policymakers and service providers are developing therapeutic care and support across a range of settings to help young people.

Children’s services inspection

Ofsted says the children’s services inspection regime is working well, but an independent assessment found areas for improvement. The ADCS’s Steve Crocker tells Jo Stephenson how ILACS can be refined.

Shared Services: Special Report

Fresh evidence suggests collaboration is helping local authorities to find a wider range of care options for vulnerable children and introduce a greater array of good practice approaches to improve outcomes.

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