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Disorganized Attachment in Infancy: A Review of the Phenomenon and its Implications for Clinicians and Policy-Makers

This review paper, co-authored by international academics and clinicians, presents a consensus of what is currently understood about disorganised infant attachment and the implications for clinical and child welfare practices. It identifies misconceptions and misapplications of the concept and provides examples of evidence-based interventions that use attachment theory to help families.

Domestic Abuse: Special Report

Cases of domestic abuse recorded by police and children's services have risen significantly over the past decade. The government has published a draft bill containing new protections to tackle the problem.

Special Report: Early Help

Council early help services are changing. With budgets falling and demand for intensive services rising, early help is evolving into a more multi-agency intervention targeted at the most disadvantaged families.

Early Help: Policy context

Amid rising demand for child protection services over the past decade, early help support for children and families with emerging or less severe problems has been largely left on the political, policy and funding sidelines.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Policy context

Child sexual exploitation, while on the radar of child protection agencies and organisations, was catapulted to the top of the political and policy agenda by the revelations in August 2014 that 1,400 children in Rotherham had been systematically sexually abused and exploited over a 16-year period.

Support for special guardians

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at calls for changes to special guardianship orders to ensure that carers are adequately prepared and supported.

Lessons in parenting

Many people believe all parents would benefit from some kind of training. Emily Rogers, mother of two young children, records her experiences of a 10-session parenting course and explores the concept of universal classes for every family.

Special Report: Children's Mental Health

As concerns persist over children and young people's mental health and the ability of services to cope with rising demand, there are plenty of pockets of innovation and effective practice across the system.

Special Report: Child Sexual Exploitation

Rotherham's child sexual exploitation scandal propelled the issue to the forefront of policymaking. CYP Now investigates the key learning and strides taken to tackle perpetrators and protect children and young people.