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Children’s Mental Health Special Report: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
In her annual State of Children’s Mental Health report published in February, then children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield described the figures as “staggering” and “likely to have serious implications for children now and for their long-term prospects”.

Children’s Mental Health Special Report

Children’s mental health has long been characterised by long waiting lists and inconsistent provision, but it is hoped more funding, system reorganisation and policy measures will improve access to support.

Pastoral leadership

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  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Schools play a crucial role in shaping children’s lives beyond purely academic achievement, so the importance of pastoral care in the healthy development of young people cannot be underestimated.

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.

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.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Policy context

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  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The basis for much of the work in the UK and internationally on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is drawn from a 1997 US study by CDC Kaiser on childhood traumas. This study identified a list of 10 ACEs that then formed the basis for a questionnaire used by researchers as a screening tool to assess the impact of childhood trauma on adults.

Technology in Children's Services: Policy context

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  • 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.