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Twenty years of youth offending teams

This year, youth offending teams (YOTs) turned 20. Here, current and former YOT managers reflect on developments over the 20 years, while the YJB chair considers the challenges that lie ahead.

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.

Keys to empowering staff

Organisations often pay lip service to staff empowerment, so to make it work, leaders must have clear procedures on how to put employees’ ideas into practice and ensure this fits with the overall strategic vision.

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.

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