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

The sector needs to capture and respond to the specific needs and strengths of children in order to improve outcomes

October 19, 2018

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

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

June 27, 2018

Demystifying the right level of funding for vulnerable children

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

June 14, 2018

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…

June 11, 2018

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…

May 4, 2018

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…

April 27, 2018

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,…

April 25, 2018

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

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

March 9, 2018

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…

February 16, 2018

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