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Inspections Clinic: Preparing for inspection

By Jo Stephenson

| June 26, 2018

The new social care inspection system has been billed as "light touch" for "good" authorities, but children's services leaders still need to be fully prepared for when Ofsted calls, writes Jo Stephenson.

Make more time for direct work

By Maris Stratulis

| June 26, 2018

Effective social work relies on face-to-face contact with children and families, but bureaucratic processes can often get in the way. Implement strategies that will free up practitioners' time for more direct work.

Derren Hayes speaks to Tracy Brabin MP, shadow early years minister.

Commissioners play a pivotal role in ensuring vulnerable children receive the care they need. However, demand and funding pressures are driving the development of new systems and changes in practice.

The West London Zone offers targeted support to children and young people inspired by a similar project in Harlem, New York. Emily Rogers went to find out more and observe the scheme in action.

Legal Update: Special Guardianship Orders

By Kamena Dorling

| June 26, 2018

Kamena Dorling, head of policy and public affairs at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines reports of a continuing lack of support from councils in relation to Special Guardianship Orders.

Policymakers and practitioners are boosting support for families in the most disadvantaged areas to help pre-school children develop the skills they need to thrive and reduce the attainment gap.

An 'outstanding' Ofsted judgment can take years of hard work. With nearly one in five early years settings having achieved this, what can leaders do to maintain the momentum, asks Jo Stephenson.

Leadership: Investing in talent

By Jacob Tas

| May 29, 2018

Central to the success of any organisation is ensuring the quality of its workforce, from the initial recruitment process through to nurturing talented staff with ongoing development opportunities.

Commissioning: Rethinking SEND support

By Toni Badnall-Neill

| May 29, 2018

Now the SEND transfer deadline has passed, councils must embed a joint approach to commissioning, says Toni Badnall-Neill.