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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.

Youth Work: Special Report

A decade of deep funding cuts has seen a huge reduction in provision for young people. But increasing recognition of the valuable role played by youth workers could signal a change in fortunes for the sector.

Unregistered children’s homes: Legal Update

As the number of children being taken into care continues to rise, Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at concerns regarding unregulated and unregistered children’s homes.

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.

Rethinking children's services

Local authorities are starting to test new ways to meet children and families' needs that focus on forging compassionate relationships between state and citizen amid rising demand for services, says Richard Selwyn.

Leadership: Scaling up interventions

Once the value of an innovative intervention for children and families has been recognised, the next step is to effectively implement and replicate it on a scale that can benefit even more people.

Communicating children's services

Communicating the day-to-day work of children's services can be a challenge but is also vital. Jo Stephenson speaks to communication experts to identify 10 key ways to do this effectively.

Future in mind: the story so far

The Future in Mind strategy promises wide-ranging improvements to mental health provision for children and young people. Joe Lepper looks at the key proposals and assesses progress made to date.

Raising ambitions for care leavers

Care leavers are more likely to struggle to access education, employment and training opportunities. Joe Lepper looks at the challenges and highlights areas helping young people to achieve their goals.

Front of Mind

Increased political profile and a new care framework offer a chance to improve children's mental health services. Louise Hunt examines the prospects and looks at the innovative work of local projects.