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Contextual Safeguarding: Policy context

  • Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Contextual Safeguarding is an approach developed in 2011 as a result of work carried out by DrCarlene Firmin, principal research fellow at the University of Bedfordshire (see expert view, below). Her three-year review of responses to peer-on-peer abuse, found that 90 per cent of cases involved contextual factors which child protection systems and practices struggled to deal with.

Residential care research evidence

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
After 48 years of involvement in residential child care, this year has seen me taking some time to reflect on where residential child care is now and where it might be going. One aspect of reflection has been regarding knowledge and knowledge production.

Inspections Clinic - Ofsted’s Covid-19 response

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Ofsted’s national director for social care Yvette Stanley answers 10 key questions about what steps the regulator is taking to keep children and staff safe during the Covid-19 outbreak. By Jo Stephenson

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

  • 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.

Commissioning Care: Policy Context

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Demand for most types of care provided by children's services has been rising since 2008, making it harder for commissioners to source sufficient high-quality provision.

Falling Through the Gaps: Exploring the Role of Integrated Commissioning in Improving Transition From Children's to Adults' Services for Young People With Long-Term Health Conditions in England

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018
This paper explores the transition from children's to adult's services for young people who have long-term health problems. It identifies barriers and gaps in commissioning health care transition. It provides recommendations for integrated commissioning practice in order to avert the service "cliff edge" - when a child or young person stops receiving some services they previously received, often on their 18th birthday.

Organisational Factors, Job Satisfaction and Intention to Leave Among Newly Qualified Social Workers in England

  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
This article reports on a longitudinal study of 280 social work students, focusing on their experiences as newly qualified social workers (NQSWs). It reports on the relative importance of their satisfaction with different work elements (e.g. supervision and job engagement) and uses the findings to construct a model of NQSWs' overall satisfaction and their intention to remain in or leave their job.

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