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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…

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SEND Transport: Driving Change

SEND Transport: Driving Change

There has been lots of media coverage of charity Contact’s recently published report “Inquiry into school transport for disabled children”….

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Reflections on the Fostering Stocktake Evidence Review

Reflections on the Fostering Stocktake Evidence Review

Here at IMPOWER, we have been digesting the findings of the evidence review undertaken as part of the national “stocktake”…

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We are failing our Looked After Children

We are failing our Looked After Children

To support the launch of our new programme Valuing Care, we have written an article setting out our thoughts around…

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