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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…

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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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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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NCASC by numbers: cause for optimism

NCASC by numbers: cause for optimism

Highlights of the National Children’s and Adults Services Conference 2018

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Early help services work – councils and local partners must fight for their future

Early help services work – councils and local partners…

In response to continued financial pressures, a growing number of councils are being forced to reduce investment in early help…

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More money for SEND isn’t the only answer

More money for SEND isn’t the only answer

Cultural issues across the SEND system, and a lack of focus on early intervention are also…

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Budget 2018: the two game-changers for social care

Budget 2018: the two game-changers for social care

While the amount of new funding is disappointing, there are two aspects of its delivery that…

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Needs and strengths, not risks and problems – improving life chances for children in care

Needs and strengths, not risks and problems – improving…

The sector needs to capture and respond to the specific needs and strengths of children in…

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What was missing from the LGA’s ‘Making Sense’ report on children’s services

What was missing from the LGA’s ‘Making Sense’ report…

The Local Government Association (LGA) recently published a research report on children’s services. While the report – ‘Making Sense: Understanding…

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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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