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Four decades of adoption & fostering

Adoption and fostering charity CoramBAAF celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2020. As another year gets under way key figures from the organisation reflect on past achievements and priorities for 2021.

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.

Therapeutic Care: Special Report

With rises in children coming into care and reporting mental health problems, policymakers and service providers are developing therapeutic care and support across a range of settings to help young people.

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.

Care and capability

Looked-after young people are some of the most vulnerable in society. Charlotte Goddard examines the skills required and challenges across the workforce in providing quality care across the system.

Legal Update: Special guardianship orders

Serious case review highlights need for rigorous assessments when placing a child with a special guardian, writes Kamena Dorling, head of policy & programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre.

Social Workers on the witness stand

Giving evidence in court can be a daunting experience for social workers. Eileen Fursland looks at the challenges and sees first-hand the training on offer.

The Social Care Academy

Vacancy rates and staff turnover have plummeted in Essex since the opening of its children's social work training academy. Charlotte Goddard asks those behind the initiative how it has been achieved.

Ripe for reform

With government pledging to undertake a 'national stocktake' of foster care and MPs conducting their own inquiry, Joe Lepper asks what measures would improve quality of care and outcomes for children.

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.

Triumph over trauma

Family Futures offers intensive, long-term therapeutic help to those who have experienced trauma in their early lives. Charlotte Goddard examines how the agency turns round the lives of deeply damaged children