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Parent partner programmes, US

Parent partner programmes bring together parents whose children have been, or at risk of being, taken into care with parents who have previously been involved with welfare agencies and had a positive outcome.

Brighter Futures, Ealing Council

Pilot aimed to prevent placement and family breakdown among older children in and on the edge of care by developing social workers' skills to build trusting, consistent relationships with them.

International Focus: SOS Children's Villages, Finland

Finland has a population of 5.5 million. Despite being a relatively wealthy country - its per capita output is equivalent to France - it has an unemployment rate of nearly 10 per cent and youth unemployment is double that level. Nearly one million Finns earn too little to cover their costs of living, with one in 10 children having welfare needs.

Seven features of practice

Projects in the first phase of the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme have been evaluated to identify practice that has the most impact for children, with seven clear features emerging.

Leeds City Council

Restorative practice crucial to Leeds children's services' journey from Ofsted "inadequate" to best practice status.