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University challenge: help for care leavers

Care-experienced young people are significantly less likely to attend university than their peers. Experts explore what support needs to be in place for them to access the benefits of higher education.

Making a house into a home

The National House Project works with councils to support young people in care to move into their own homes. Jo Stephenson spoke to staff and participants to find out how it works and the difference it makes.

Early Help: Special Report

Amid rising knife crime, youth homelessness and care referrals, the case for spending on early help has never been so important, yet investment in prevention services has been falling, fuelling late interventions.

Special Report: Children's Mental Health

As concerns persist over children and young people's mental health and the ability of services to cope with rising demand, there are plenty of pockets of innovation and effective practice across the system.

Still standing by

With the Children and Social Work Act requiring councils to produce a "local offer" outlining services care leavers are entitled to, Joe Lepper investigates progress to improve outcomes for young people.

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.