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Early Help: Policy context

| January 02, 2018

Amid rising demand for child protection services over the past decade, early help support for children and families with emerging or less severe problems has been largely left on the political, policy and funding sidelines.

The authors discuss the findings of an evaluation of the Incredible Years (IY) programme delivered to parents of three and four year olds attending universal early years provision at risk of developing a conduct disorder.

Derren Hayes speaks to Robert Halfon MP, chair of the education select committee.

This quantitative study focuses on the high proportion of children referred to children's services and the increasing use of statutory interventions.

This paper explores the provision of family support services for young mothers within a Sure Start children's centre.

Special Report: Early Help

| January 02, 2018

Council early help services are changing. With budgets falling and demand for intensive services rising, early help is evolving into a more multi-agency intervention targeted at the most disadvantaged families.

The authors discuss the Signs of Safety and Wellbeing framework that has been introduced into Birmingham's early help services. This paper discusses the theoretical basis of Signs of Safety and how and why it is being used in Birmingham.

How to improve care, by those who have lived it

By Jo Stephenson

| January 02, 2018

Those who have been in care are uniquely placed to identify how well services for looked-after children are working. Here five care leavers share their experiences and set out what needs to change.

Commissioning: New Year resolutions

By Richard Selwyn

| January 02, 2018

Richard Selwyn considers six resolutions to improve how children's services could be commissioned and delivered in 2018.

Leadership: Scaling up interventions

By Hayley Clark

| January 02, 2018

Once the value of an innovative intervention for children and families has been recognised, the next step is to effectively implement and replicate it on a scale that can benefit even more people.