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Schools and knife crime: Inspections Clinic

Rising levels of youth violence have shone a light on what schools are doing to keep children safe and educate them about the dangers. Jo Stephenson reports on the findings of a London research project.

Early Help: Policy context

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) defines early intervention as identifying and providing early support to children and young people who are at risk of poor outcomes - such as mental health problems - poor academic attainment, or involvement in crime or antisocial behaviour.

How to rebrand an organisation

A successful rebrand is more than just a cosmetic makeover. It should take you to the heart of what your organisation is all about, how you communicate to funders and ensure you gain more support than ever.

A public health approach to youth violence

With violent crime on the increase in England, Tom de Castella asks what children's services can learn from the public health model that originated in the US and has reduced youth violence in Glasgow.

The Mulberry Bush School

The Mulberry Bush is a national charity providing specialist services to meet the needs of traumatised children and their families.

Legal Update: Special Guardianship Orders

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines reports of a continuing lack of support from councils in relation to Special Guardianship Orders.

Make more time for direct work

Effective social work relies on face-to-face contact with children and families, but bureaucratic processes can often get in the way. Implement strategies that will free up practitioners' time for more direct work.

Inspections Clinic: Sector-led improvement

Hampshire County Council is one of a handful of high-performing local authorities that helps struggling councils improve children's services, but the benefits flow both ways, as Jo Stephenson reports.

Securing support for children with SEN

In the context of funding shortfalls for children with special educational needs, Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram, looks at the increase in appeals against local authority decisions.

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