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Evaluation of regional adoption agencies highlights mixed progress, with some starting to improve various aspects of the adoption process, while others are struggling to attract staff and develop shared IT functions.

Turning ACE into positive change

By Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green and Dr Jason Pandya-Wood |

02 January 2019

Knowledge of adverse childhood experiences should be used to build children's resilience, say experts.

Better support for care leavers

By Mark Riddell |

02 January 2019

Councils must focus more on their corporate parenting role for care leavers in 2019, says DfE expert.

How to help siblings maintain contact

By Professor Daniel Monk and Dr Jan Macvarish |

27 November 2018

Experts outline five key messages for legal and social work professionals to emerge from latest research on sibling relationships in the care system.

Three projects aimed at preventing children coming into care and helping those already in the system to leave are to be expanded to 20 councils. Experts call for greater emphasis on supporting families to stay together.

Duration of care proceedings off target

By Derren Hayes |

30 October 2018

The time it takes care proceedings to be completed is rising and Cafcass chief Anthony Douglas says it is likely to continue.

EIF blueprint for the future of early help recommends better co-ordination of support for vulnerable families including long-term funding, a cross-government taskforce and commitment to evidence-based practice.

Councils are to trial giving social workers money to spend on practical help for families, such as a new fridge, short break or childcare. Experts say the funding will be targeted at children most at risk of care proceedings.

Government document offers advice on working around statutory guidance that is a barrier to good practice. Some leaders say it helps identify unnecessary duties, while others warn it dilutes protections for vulnerable children.

'Sleep-in' case: the implications

By Derren Hayes |

28 August 2018

Legal ruling highlights need for employment conditions for children's home staff to be reviewed, says LGA.