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Inspections Clinic: Sector-led improvement

Hampshire County Council is one of a handful of high-performing local authorities that helps struggling councils improve children's services, but the benefits flow both ways, as Jo Stephenson reports.

How I Got Here - Ray Pearce

I started at the bottom, working in a factory manufacturing tubular components for machinery. After six months, the chief executive found out I’d been accepted onto a journalism degree course and fast-tracked me to a team management role. I worked my way up until I was managing four high level accounts generating £250,000 in sales every week, while also completing my course and having the first of my three children. It was quite a juggling act – but one that stood me in good stead as it taught me how to set priorities, balance workload and look after myself and family.

The contextual safeguarding debate

Local authority leaders discussed how they are using contextual safeguarding approaches to improve young people's safety outside the home, at a CYP Now debate in partnership with Servelec.

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.

Life after statements

Sweeping changes to special educational needs policy are on the horizon. Charlotte Goddard examines what the reforms will mean for the many families who currently struggle to get support.

The Children Act 1989: 30 Years On

As children's services mark the 30th anniversary of the Children Act 1989, key figures from across the sector reflect on the impact the legislation has had and identify emerging threats to its core principles.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Special Report

Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can increase the risk of poor life outcomes, so policymakers and practitioners are developing new ways to prevent ACEs and support children at risk of them.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Policy context

Child sexual exploitation, while on the radar of child protection agencies and organisations, was catapulted to the top of the political and policy agenda by the revelations in August 2014 that 1,400 children in Rotherham had been systematically sexually abused and exploited over a 16-year period.