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We help to improve the life chances of children in care by strengthening the links between children's needs, the outcomes being pursued, and the financial resources available.

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Demystifying the right level of funding for vulnerable children

Demystifying the right level of funding for vulnerable…

Another day, another news story depicting the breadth and depth of the challenge facing children’s services departments across the country. …

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Pinball kids: time to say game over

Pinball kids: time to say game over

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, recently published the 2018 Stability Index, an annual measure of the stability…

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Girls, gangs and their abusive relationships

Girls, gangs and their abusive relationships

  In September, I will be taking a sabbatical from IMPOWER to embark on research in the US under the…

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Valuing Care – the impact in Hertfordshire

Valuing Care – the impact in Hertfordshire

  IMPOWER’s Valuing Care programme helps councils improve the life chances of children in care by strengthening the links between…

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Children’s placements: switching from lottery to logic

Children’s placements: switching from lottery to logic

  I am pleased that the debate on funding for children’s services is getting more traction at a national level,…

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Accountability in children’s care placements is only part of the equation

Accountability in children’s care placements is only part…

A recent media story (‘Councils not held to account for commissioning social care, claims MP’)  reported the debate in Parliament’s…

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Ensuring that care leavers are ‘life-ready’

Ensuring that care leavers are ‘life-ready’

The stark reality for care leavers is that the odds are stacked against them. Almost one third (31%) of 18-year…

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Fostering Stocktake: valuing foster carers

Fostering Stocktake: valuing foster carers

Our national fostering system has been neglected for too long. Despite being the mainstay of our statutory parenting capacity, and…

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Let’s change the conversation on children in care

Let’s change the conversation on children in care

As the recent Guardian article illustrates (‘Greedy Financiers profiting from the Pain of Children’), the debate about the market for…

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Valuing children’s care

Valuing children’s care

Four out of ten children in care today might not be there if the system was better organised. That’s one…

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Putting children’s needs first will help reform the care placement system

Putting children’s needs first will help reform the care…

Last week another of the essays from our second Shining a Light collection was published in the MJ.  The essay…

REPORTS & PUBLICATIONS

Shining a Light (Volume 2)

Shining a Light (Volume 2)

We are delighted to launch the second volume of our ‘Shining a Light’ essay collection, highlighting some of the key challenges facing children’s services.

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