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Policy: Commissioning – Placement Planning

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  • Thursday, May 28, 2020
How local authority children’s services commissioners ensure sufficient high-quality placements for vulnerable children while navigating a complex series of social, political and financial pressures

Coronavirus daily round-up: Wednesday 27 May

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
The government must put a plan in place to protect communities with a high Black and ethnic minority (BAME) population from Covid-19 as schools reopen, a teachers’ union has warned.

Leadership - Heart-centred leadership

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Leaders are often under enormous pressure to do more with ever-dwindling resources, but taking a ‘heart-centred’ approach can help them to better support their staff through these challenging times

Inspections Clinic - Ofsted’s Covid-19 response

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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Ofsted’s national director for social care Yvette Stanley answers 10 key questions about what steps the regulator is taking to keep children and staff safe during the Covid-19 outbreak. By Jo Stephenson

How play can help children transition back to school

The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed the social lives of children more rapidly than anyone could have imagined. It has been two months since most last played in-person with a friend. A survey by Emerging Minds shows that two-thirds of primary school children are feeling lonely, an increase of about 50 per cent compared to normal levels, and over half of parents are concerned about their child’s emotional wellbeing.

Funding Focus - Coronavirus funding

With the voluntary sector set to lose £4bn in income due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, children’s charities have been calling for support from government and grant-giving organisations to offset losses in trading activities and donations over the past few months. Some funders have acted quickly to give grant recipients more flexibility over how they use money to support those affected by the crisis, while others have set up dedicated emergency fund programmes to help voluntary organisations survive. Here are the key developments.

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