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Embed a culture of safeguarding

Embedding a culture of safeguarding means that it becomes an integral part of how an organisation operates at every level, from managers leading by example to equipping staff with the skills they need.

Building an early help system

How commissioners, providers and community groups came together to redesign the social care system in England’s second biggest city from one that was focused on crisis response to being a service that aims to offer help to families at an earlier stage.

Tampon Tax Fund

The Tampon Tax Fund was introduced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in response to VAT of five per cent being imposed on sanitary products by the European Union (EU). Funds generated from the tax are allocated to charities working to improve the lives of girls and women.

Profit Making and Risk in Independent Children’s Social Care Placement Providers

Local authorities in England spend more than £2bn a year buying fostering and children's homes services alone from private and voluntary sector organisations (collectively referred to as the independent sector). Local authorities themselves continue to provide most foster placements, but around two in every five foster placements are made with independent sector providers. In children's homes the reverse is true. Here, three in every four placements are made in the independent sector.

Children's Homes Research

The concerns of London local authorities in meeting sufficiency duties described in the first study and the severity of this in relation to residential children's homes, are recognised as a theme across the country. This study was commissioned by the LGA to look at the policies, barriers, and facilitators for local authorities and smaller independent providers in establishing children's homes.

Children's Care Commissioning Special Report

Commissioners of children's services are key to ensuring vulnerable young people get the right placements. CYP Now's special report looks at the latest developments, academic research and examples of best practice.

Leadership: Aiming high

Only by having honest conversations about the values and strengths of our performance can we turn aspirations of aiming high into an achievable reality for the people we work with and support.

Review of Sufficiency Strategies in London

Demand for children's services has been increasing nationally in recent years. Changing demographics and evolving complexity of needs are also exerting cost pressures on local authorities. At the same time suitable accommodation is in short supply in the regulated children's homes sector and there are concerns about the increased use of unregulated placements. The situation is particularly acute in London.

Rethinking job titles

Job descriptions and titles play a huge role in what we expect of professionals and how they perform. Unleash staff’s untapped potential by reconsidering titles that restrict their ability to work effectively.

Five key pandemic lessons that can make childcare businesses stronger

The early years sector has a diverse range of service providers – from home-based childminders with an annual turnover of £25,000 through to private-sector run super-chains of nurseries employing thousands of staff in dozens of sites across the country – trying to navigate a complex regulatory and policy landscape, which changes regularly.

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 Endowment Fund – Youth diversion

The Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) was launched last year with the aim of investing £200m over the next decade in finding the most effective ways to prevent children and young people getting involved in violence.

Influencing without authority

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  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Effecting change across multiple agencies demands you build a compelling and convincing vision that will inspire others, spread your message and bring together diverse professionals with a shared purpose.

Pastoral leadership

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  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Schools play a crucial role in shaping children’s lives beyond purely academic achievement, so the importance of pastoral care in the healthy development of young people cannot be underestimated.