Improving outcomes and raising aspirations for vulnerable children

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Improving outcomes and raising aspirations for vulnerable children


The adversity and trauma experienced by children in need of help from social workers, alongside the instability in their home lives, is shown to have a lasting impact on their educational outcomes.

Social workers and teachers will be getting advice to help improve wellbeing, behaviour and school attendance, to help vulnerable children have a positive education experience.

This follows today’s publication of the interim findings of how those who work with vulnerable children can better identify children in need and understand the impact of their traumatic experiences.

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care will develop and test new approaches to support vulnerable children, such as placing social workers in schools to provide a holistic approach.

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Study of child and family social workers launched

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We recently launched a new study of local authority child and family social workers, to help policy makers to develop a greater understanding of career pathways, decisions and issues facing the profession.

If you received an invitation to participate in the survey, please share your thoughts and help us build an accurate picture of the profession.

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Halfway point for Face to Face Pathways project

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Havering’s Face to Face Pathway project, funded by our Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, has reached its one year halfway point.

The programme aims to change the way the project engages and relates to young people in the care system, improving their experiences and life chances.

Visit the Pathway website to find out more about the multi-agency systemic service offering for 11-24 year olds, through a co-produced framework of services.

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Isabelle Trowler

Message from Chief Social Worker

Isabelle Trowler

Top tips for when parents separate

Useful guidance for parents from their child’s perspective

Devised by children and young people with experience of family law proceedings, Isabelle Trowler and the Minister for Children and Families have both welcomed these top tips to help separated parents consider matters from their children’s point of view.

‘Families should be diverted away from court’

Read the Chief Social Worker’s case for ‘Clear Blue Water’

Following a significant increase in the number of families brought into public care proceedings over the last 10 years, Isabelle Trowler publishes her findings and recommendations from an exploratory study into care proceedings in England. Find out more in the briefing and Community Care article.

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