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Around the corner

Young people in residential care will soon have the right to 'stay close' to their placement when they leave, helping smooth the transition to adulthood. Joe Lepper investigates how this is likely to work.

The Child Placement Handbook

Edited by Gillian Schofield and John SimmondsBritish Association for Adoption and FosteringISBN 978190566446724.95 + 4.00 p&p480 pages

Video learning during National Care Leavers Week 2009

National Care Leavers Week 2009: Stand and Deliver! is all about sharing good practice and looking at what corporate parents around the UK are doing to turn the opportunities in the 2008 Children and Young Person's Act into better lives for children leaving care.

Five inspection trends

Ofsted’s latest annual report highlights changes in performance among early years, education and social care providers, and the quality of services they deliver. Jo Stephenson analyses the key emerging trends.

How Covid-19 remade children’s services

A year on from the emergence of the coronavirus and onset of the pandemic, experts assess the long-term impact of the disruption it has caused to children’s services and young people’s lives.

The optimum place

As the number of children in care continues to rise, Joe Lepper examines how commissioners are juggling the perennial challenge of placing children according to their needs at reasonable cost.