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All the news that matters from the past month


Social care Six reasons Care Review reforms need strengthening to succeed 8 Early years Early Years Alliance report reveals need to reduce mental health toll of inspections 10 Early years Understanding why some parents do not make full use of funded childcare 11 Youth work The King’s Award for Voluntary Service recognises charities’ outstanding work 12 Children’s services Researchers highlight trends in children’s social care demand 13 Education Draft guidance on supporting transgender pupils splits opinion 14 Social care Supported accommodation providers body aims to help spread good practice 15


Steph Roberts-Bibby, Youth Justice Board chief executive


Your shout Coram Group’s Carol Homden proposes a legal charter to achieve a ‘just’ offer for children Editorial Derren Hayes on why councils need proper budgets, not handouts Opinion Remembering a ‘compassionate and radical’ leader; ‘Unfit’ asylum transfer scheme needs an overhaul


Supporting prisoners’ families The impact on children and young people of having a parent in prison and how best to support them


Trauma-Informed Care Policy Trauma-informed care is a way of working with vulnerable children and families that seeks to recognise and respond to traumatic experiences and is now being widely adopted across a range of settings The big debate Would consistent application of trauma-informed care benefit children’s services? Practice Strengthening carer relationships through trauma-informed arts; Trauma-informed practice in residential child care settings; Trauma-informed approach helps vulnerable mothers in Oxfordshire; Using trauma-informed care approaches to support young people affected by conflict Training Making Islington Council trauma informed COMING UP... Youth Apprenticeships (March), Adventures Outdoors (April), Digital Solutions (May)


Inspections clinic Physical education and SEND 38 Leadership How charities can extend their reach by forming strategic partnerships with retailers 40 Funding focus Care Leavers Programme 41 Legal update National Kinship Care Strategy 43


Case study How Keeping it Wild engages young people in nature conservation 44 Local spotlight Bolton Council 46 Participation Ohana, Hertfordshire County Council 48 How I got here Jaffer Ali Hussain, head of youth practice for the North of England, The Children’s Society 49

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