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Special Report: Trauma-Informed Services

Trauma-informed practice (TIP) emphasises young people’s resilience and ability to recover from adverse childhood experiences and is increasingly being used by services working with children and families.

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.

Employing care leavers

Care-experienced young people can find looking for a job more difficult than their peers, but there are a number of measures employers can put in place to support care leavers entering the world of work.

Inspections Clinic: Multi-agency safeguarding

After a pandemic-induced hiatus, joint targeted area inspections are back. However, as Jo Stephenson reports, there are some key changes children’s services teams and practitioners need to understand.

Putting the Care Pledge into Practice

To mark the third anniversary of the Care Experienced Conference, which led to the creation of a care pledge, those involved reflect on how the key messages have influenced policy and practice.

Digital Solutions Special Report

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how digital services can be part of the solution to delivering care and support to vulnerable children and families – and provide new ways of tackling problems.

Legal Update: Migrant looked-after children

With one in 10 children in care being non-British, local authorities need to do more to identify and address their needs, says Marianne Lagrue, policy manager at Coram Children’s Legal Centre.

Therapeutic Communities: Special Report

There has been a recent rise in interest from policymakers and commissioners in the important role therapeutic communities play in supporting some of the most traumatised children and young people.

Inspections Clinic: Leaving care services

Evidence from Ofsted shows support to help care leavers transition to independence is still lacking. The inspectorate tells Jo Stephenson of its plans to sharpen councils’ focus on improving provision.

Legal Update: Discharge of SGOs

Leonie Jordan, associate legal consultant at CoramBAAF, highlights some of the complex issues and potential instabilities surrounding the process for discharging special guardianship orders.

Foster Care: Special Report

While the number of fostering households has gone up, the range of carers available is not always able to meet the complex needs of children, with the system described as being at "breaking point".

Five key lessons from the Commission on Young Lives

Former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield has warned that the current children’s social care system is “making it too easy for criminals to exploit our teenagers” in her new role as chair of the Commission on Young Lives.

Sustainable Services: Special Report

‘Eco anxiety’ among young people is rising prompting many to protest over inaction by policymakers. Initiatives are now being developed across children’s services to be more environmentally sustainable.

We are the social work champions

Yorkshire and the Humber region’s Children’s Social Work Matters programme was set up 10 years ago to address workforce issues. Participants look at the key achievements and future challenges.

Residential Care: Special Report

Latest figures show a growth in the number of residential children’s care homes, but local authorities continue to report problems in finding sufficient care placements to meet the needs of young people.