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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.

International Focus: Perinatal care, Australia

The cost to the UK of perinatal mental health difficulties is estimated to be £8bn annually. Jill Domoney visited Australia, a world-leader in this field, to see how agencies there support new parents and infants.

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.

Sustainable Services: Special Report

‘Eco anxiety’ among young people is rising prompting many to protest over inaction by policymakers. Initiatives are now being developed across children’s services to be more environmentally sustainable.

We are the social work champions

Yorkshire and the Humber region’s Children’s Social Work Matters programme was set up 10 years ago to address workforce issues. Participants look at the key achievements and future challenges.

Supporting families to help themselves

Glasgow-based charity 3D Drumchapel has supported families in one of the most deprived areas in Scotland for more than 20 years. Charlotte Goddard explores the challenges and keys to success.

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.

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

The language of children’s services

Like many other sectors, children’s services use a lot of jargon but there is concern some common terms risk stigmatising children, young people and families. Charlotte Goddard investigates.

Birmingham Children’s Trust: Three years in

Following a decade of poor performance, England’s largest children’s services department moved to a trust model in 2018. Charlotte Goddard speaks to key people about whether the move has paid off.

Trauma-informed Practice: Special Report

Adverse childhood experiences can have far-reaching negative consequences on people’s lives, but there are growing efforts to implement trauma-informed practices in services to improve long-term outcomes.

How Covid-19 remade children’s services

A year on from the emergence of the coronavirus and onset of the pandemic, experts assess the long-term impact of the disruption it has caused to children’s services and young people’s lives.