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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

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…

February 7, 2018

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…

January 31, 2018

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…

January 26, 2018

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

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

November 28, 2017

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”….

September 22, 2017


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