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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.

Youth work and sport: Research evidence

Analysis from the children’s commissioner for England in 2022 revealed that as children came out of lockdown, what they most wanted to do was play. Play and sport help children to build friendships, empathy and understanding.

Teachers’ views on the value of outdoor residential trips

In June 2021, residential education provider Kingswood, part of outdoor learning and education group Inspiring Learning, carried out a Schools Residential Survey of teachers across England to find out their views on the benefits of residential school trips and to what extent children’s wellbeing and mental health have been affected by the pandemic.

Matching in foster care and how we can improve it

The process of “matching” children and young people in care to their foster carers is a pivotal moment in the care journey; a good “match” decision, process of sharing information, and process of moving into the household can help a child feel safe, loved, and happy. In the UK, the majority of children in care live in fostering households and are affected by matching.