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Birmingham Children’s Trust: Three years in

Following a decade of poor performance, England’s largest children’s services department moved to a trust model in 2018. Charlotte Goddard speaks to key people about whether the move has paid off.

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.

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.

Parenting Programmes: Special Report

Parenting programmes aim to give parents the insights and skills they need to help their children thrive. CYP Now’s special report looks at the latest developments, academic research and examples of best practice.

Inspections Clinic: Impact of the pandemic

While most inspectorates agree virtual inspections will never replace visits in person, they tell Jo Stephenson that use of digital technology for some aspects of their work will continue long-term.

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.

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.

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.

Successful partnership working

Partnership working has far-reaching benefits for children’s services, ensuring resources go further and best practice is shared. Knowing what makes a successful partnership is key to strong leadership.