Topic: Education and children's services

Local authorities are at the forefront of providing eduction services for their communities and supporting some of the most vulnerable children in society.

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England policy round-up: December 2023 and January 2024

Our England policy round-up overviews the key policy announcements and publications for local government. December and January saw commentators assess progress against Rishi Sunak’s five policy pledges and look ahead to the general election. The latest edition features publications on public service reform, levelling up, poverty and much more.

England & Wales Briefing

Lessons from the lived experience of care leavers

In this article, David Graham, National Director of The Care Leavers’ Association, provides advice on improving the quality of life for care leavers. The charity, set up in 1999 as a voice for people who grew up in state care, also advocates for better policy and practice changes informed by the lived experience of care…

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What is reunification in children’s social care? And how to improve the outcome

This article explains what reunification is and why it’s important. It highlights the potential and problems associated with reunification, and provides research-led recommendations for local authorities to improve reunification practices.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Blog-article
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Transforming children’s social care in the UK: An overview and comparison of approaches

This briefing discusses ongoing social care reforms in the UK, focusing on children’s social care. It considers the impact of being “looked after” and the reasons why children enter care. The briefing also notes the differences in policy, legislation, and definitions of looked after children in the UK and highlights the need for appropriate foster…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Performance Tracker 2023: public services as the UK approaches a general election

Britain’s public services are crumbling under unprecedented pressure, according to the latest performance tracker from the IfG and CIPFA. In recent years, Covid-19, political instability, inflation and strikes have brought services to breaking point, but the underlying problems stem from systematic underinvestment and short term decision making.

England & Wales Briefing

Teens and seniors connect to break down the digital divide

Young Mentors is an intergenerational program which aims to improve older Australians’ digital skills by connecting them with student mentors. This feature explains how bringing teenagers together with older people, they can share digital skills and knowledge, which helps improve the confidence needed to navigate the online world.

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Challenging behaviour in schools preventing the new pandemic?

The Educational Institute of Scotland, has warned Scottish Government that it needs to tackle violence in Scotland’s schools. This briefing looks at behaviours presenting in schools and underlying reasons for the apparent decline in standards of behaviour.

Scotland Briefing With case study
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England policy round-up: October and November 2023

Our England policy round-up overviews the key policy announcements and publications for local government. October and November saw the King’s speech, a reshuffle and the Autumn Statement. The latest edition features publications on levelling up towns and cities, reform of public finances, a new approach to social security and much more.

England & Wales Briefing
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Inspiring business leaders in schools

This briefing presents case studies of collaborative programmes to promote entrepreneurial and business skills in schools. Some programmes are led by the private sector, some by schools and some by local authorities.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study