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As children's mental health needs increase, schools, charities and councils are working to develop new ways of supporting pupils' wellbeing through the curriculum and improve therapeutic interventions.

Independent visitors: Volunteers help children in care

By Catherine Pestano

| June 25, 2019

Independent visitors provide vital support to children in care. Catherine Pestano, who helps co-ordinate a network of nearly 80 volunteers in Croydon, south London, describes a typical week for the service.

Derren Hayes talks to Ann Coffey, Independent Group for Change MP for Stockport.

For the past decade, policymakers have focused on using schools as a key setting to improve children and young people's mental health.

Reshape the language of care

By Sara Ortiz

| June 25, 2019

Some of the language used by professionals can leave young people feeling confused and disempowered, so take a more compassionate and inclusive approach to communication to build stronger relationships.

Inspecting social work supervision

By Jo Stephenson

| June 25, 2019

Consistent standards and expectations are key to ensuring social work supervision helps improve outcomes for children and is recognised by inspectors, Ofsted's Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson.

Legal Update: Long-term segregation on mental health wards

By Coram Children's Legal Centre

| June 25, 2019

Care Quality Commission report reveals cases of young people with autism or complex needs being segregated on mental health wards.

Charline King: How I Got Here

By Charline King

| June 25, 2019

Youth service manager at Rathbone Society tells us about her career so far.

Commissioning: Predictive analytics

By Toni Badnall-Neill

| June 25, 2019

Commissioners are using systems that predict need to shape service design and funding allocation, says Toni Badnall-Neill.

Assessing age of asylum seekers

By Kamena Dorling

| June 25, 2019

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and programmes at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at the potentially harmful consequences of children seeking asylum having their ages disputed by immigration officials.