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Championing evidence-informed practice in children's services
Championing evidence-informed practice in children's services

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Listening to the views, wishes and feelings of children and young people is fundamental to carrying out effective assessments. But how do we ensure that we also listen to those who may find it difficult to communicate and who struggle to make their voice heard? 

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At the heart of most difficult conversations is a sense of being judged. In the face of judgment, we tend to withdraw or attack. Silence or violence. It takes enormous maturity to stay even-keeled and not react defensively.

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New - Research in Practice case law summaries

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Successfully replicating a youth offending intervention takes more than just a strong service. It requires a strong organisation, with the right people, in the right environment.

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Disabled children and young people face significant barriers and challenges to participation in decisions that affect them. This includes decisions about their own support and care, about the services that they use and about strategic level decisions.

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When a child is reunified by returning home from care to their birth family, it is hoped that this will be the best possible outcome for them. However, it is clear from the evidence that better approaches are needed to assess whether reunification is possible, and can be supported in a way that will improve the chances of it being successful.

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Our new publications explore how we can meaningfully involve children and young people, gain a better understanding of adolescent mental health, look at how to develop improved support for family and friends care (kinship care), examine the role and responsibilities of IROs, and provide practical guidance to support LSCBs in monitoring local safeguarding and child protection activity/practice.

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Natasha Rego, Project Lead of MyLife, MyFuture at the Mental Health Foundation, discusses their programme working with looked after young people to support their emotional needs and resilience.

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Cath Connolly is a Systemic Psychotherapist with 25 years' experience of practice in various roles in the Children's and NHS sectors, including extensive clinical and teaching experience. In this article, she discusses some of the challenges and rewards of developing a training programme for the residential childcare sector and gathering the evidence of what works. 
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