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When the Young Inspectors Call

Lincolnshire County Council's Young Inspectors programme gives young people the chance to help shape and improve services for them and their peers. Tom de Castella went to see how it works.

The price of British citizenship

There is increasing scrutiny of the high cost of a child registering their right to British nationality, writes Anita Hurrell, head of the Migrant Children’s Project at Coram Children’s Legal Centre

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.

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.

Legal Update: Migrant looked-after children

With one in 10 children in care being non-British, local authorities need to do more to identify and address their needs, says Marianne Lagrue, policy manager at Coram Children’s Legal Centre.

Legal Update: Discharge of SGOs

Leonie Jordan, associate legal consultant at CoramBAAF, highlights some of the complex issues and potential instabilities surrounding the process for discharging special guardianship orders.

Legal Update: UN adopts complaints protocol

Children whose rights have been violated will soon be able to complain to an international committee, writes Kirsten Anderson, legal research and policy manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre.

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.

Legal Update: Support for Afghan children

Marianne Lagrue, policy manager, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, assesses what political upheaval in Afghanistan means for the support that councils should provide to looked-after children and care leavers.

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