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Trauma-informed Practice: Special Report

Adverse childhood experiences can have far-reaching negative consequences on people’s lives, but there are growing efforts to implement trauma-informed practices in services to improve long-term outcomes.

Inspections: Regulatory work continues

Many Ofsted inspections have been put on hold during lockdown, but the regulator now plans to scale up its activity in social care to protect vulnerable children. Jo Stephenson investigates.

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.

Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

Progress in SEND

With many areas struggling to meet expected standards for special educational needs and disability provision, senior Ofsted leaders outline to Jo Stephenson the characteristics of a good quality service.

The good and the bad of SEND reforms

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  • Monday, August 26, 2019
September marks five years since the Children and Families Act 2014 became law, heralding the biggest reforms to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in a generation.

Securing support for children with SEN

In the context of funding shortfalls for children with special educational needs, Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram, looks at the increase in appeals against local authority decisions.