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Workplace engagement

It has never been more important for organisations to develop and maintain close connections with their employees, working collaboratively to address concerns and find solutions in a time of crisis.

Leadership - Leading through self-compassion

Promoting self-compassion can help your staff and teams to recognise and respect their own wellbeing, while reflecting on and seeking to improve the way you operate will help you be a better leader

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.

Leadership: Inclusive recruitment

Individuals from diverse backgrounds offer employers a wealth of talent. Inclusive recruitment means not defining people by the challenges they face, but recognising the strengths they bring to a workplace.

Frontline staff in the media

Media training for staff can be a game-changer in engaging with the press, so put trust in your frontline workers to tell stories in their own words and open the door to more authentic coverage.

Motivate staff in a time of austerity

It can be tough to maintain staff morale as funding dwindles and caseloads expand, but there are some simple approaches managers can take to boost motivation and even help their workers feel joy.

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.

Demonstrate trustworthiness

Public trust in charities is at its lowest point in a decade, but there are some key concepts that can help a charity to communicate its trustworthiness to stakeholders and the wider community alike.

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.

How to recruit and retain social workers

Recruitment and retention challenges in children's services mean councils are searching for new ways to attract and retain social workers. Joe Lepper looks at different approaches and investigates what actually works.

The policy context on Attachment and Neglect

In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the scale of child neglect, its long-term effect on children's wellbeing and how interventions can prevent and repair the damage caused to children's ability to form strong attachments with parents and carers.

Early intervention leaders' debate

Children's services leaders from councils across England discussed the current challenges of resourcing effective early help services at a debate hosted by CYP Now in partnership with Capita One.

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