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Commissioning Care – Research evidence: Sufficiency report

This report provides analysis of all up-to-date local authority sufficiency strategies with a focus on identifying the main perceived challenges for councils to meet their sufficiency duty, what actions are being undertaken or planned to improve commissioning outcomes, and perceived negative consequences associated with using certain commissioning or market shaping approaches.

Commissioning Care: Special Report

Recommendations in the Care Review aim to improve co-ordination and management in the care market while driving down costs for councils, but some believe the proposals do not go far enough.

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
At its best, technology speeds up laborious inputting of information, enabling children’s services practitioners to spend more time with their clients, helps commissioners to identify trends so they can prioritise resources, and enable leaders to make informed choices on how services are structured.

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.

In a good place

As the number of children in care reaches record levels, Joe Lepper examines the challenge for commissioners to provide children with stable, happy homes that cater to their needs.

Innovation for children in care

Amid the multitude of challenges in working with children in care, a huge amount of innovation is taking place across the country. Charlotte Goddard examines three examples of excellent practice.

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