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Challenging local authorities to promote LGBT fostering

Challenging local authorities to promote LGBT fostering

LGBT History Month is an ideal time to reflect on a number of issues that still disproportionately affect people in the LGBT community. One area very worthy of attention is fostering.

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Primed to perform: remembering why you get out of bed in the morning and come to work

Primed to perform: remembering why you get out of bed in the…

IMPOWER’s focus on the delivery of measurable and sustainable change means we spend a lot of our time helping our clients to improve the performance of their own staff.

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Why more needs to be done to understand the cross-cutting drivers of demand

Why more needs to be done to understand the cross-cutting…

In a time of growing demand and diminishing resources, it is time to widen the lens in order to better understand and manage demand.

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Guest blogpost: Getting it right for our children – Valuing Care in Oxfordshire

Guest blogpost: Getting it right for our children –…

'It is helping us guarantee that the children in our care have every opportunity to thrive and succeed.'

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Crisis in high needs funding – a symptom of the fractured education system

Crisis in high needs funding – a symptom of the fractured…

Funding isn’t keeping up with demand pressures, but neither is national policy

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Variation in children’s social care: let’s learn from the best councils

Variation in children’s social care: let’s learn from…

Our response to the NAO's report exploring pressures on children’s social care

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Tackling off-rolling by schools is welcome – but the problem is wider than that

Tackling off-rolling by schools is welcome – but the…

The number of children being electively educated at home is rising, and they are hidden from view: Ofsted should get involved

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IMPOWER and clients named as finalists in 3 categories of 2019 MCA Awards

IMPOWER and clients named as finalists in 3 categories of…

IMPOWER and two of our clients have been shortlisted for work on Valuing Care, adult social care and outcome productivity

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Central government failure for SEND

Central government failure for SEND

Nobody would argue against the additional £250 million granted to councils this week to relieve budget pressures in High Needs funding….

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IMPOWER’s Heroes of Christmas: 12 December

IMPOWER’s Heroes of Christmas: 12 December

Our alternative advent calendar celebrates the people or teams who have inspired us this year Dr. Krish Kandiah is the…

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IMPOWER’s Heroes of Christmas: 3 December

IMPOWER’s Heroes of Christmas: 3 December

Our alternative advent calendar celebrates the people or teams who have inspired us this year

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Faith, health and care

Faith, health and care

Local councils are desperate to make the most of community assets in the delivery of public services. Drawing on this…

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