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In conversation: Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

In 2020 around 43% of those seeking asylum in the UK were women and children. Of these, 8% were children who arrived in the country without a parent or guardian. We spoke to Coventry City Council, about they are working with local partners to provide more holistic care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Voluntary Sector Leadership: Managing Finances as a Small Charity

The Young Barnet Foundation work to bring charities and organisations together to support and build capacity in the CYP voluntary sector across the London Borough of Barnet. We heard from their CEO, Janet Matthewson on their leadership strategy and their pioneering community work.

Children in Care: Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children to Adjust to Life in the UK

Hampshire is seeing the arrival of more and more unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC). We heard from Sarah Coles, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Consultant, Hampshire County Council about ways that schools and carers can best support these children with their integration into UK life.

Supporting Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children to Adjust to Life in the UK

Local authorities are continuously working to understand how best to integrate unaccompanied asylum-seeking children into UK schools and foster homes. We heard from Sarah Coles, Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Consultant at Hampshire County Council on their recommendations for how schools and carers can best support these children.

Streamlining the Transition Between Child and Adult Safeguarding Services

Child and adult safeguarding services share the aim of protecting people from harm, however, they are guided by different practices. There needs to be more guidance in place to help ease the transition between services and streamline practice when a person reaches adulthood. This case study looks at how Birmingham City Council Preparation for Adulthood service helps young people with this transition.

Using Data and Performance Measures to Drive Improvements in Children’s Services

Data is a powerful tool for monitoring the performance of children’s services. Alastair Lee of East Sussex County Council and the Children’s Services National Performance and Information Management Group shared recommendations on how to use data and effectively how to use data to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged children.

Children in Care: Utilising Lived Experiences to Inform Strategies for Looked after Children

Kayleigh Jones, Advisory Board Member at Become, spoke about using lived experience in service design at The Children in Care Conference, 2021.

Children in Care : Tailoring Local Government Support Services for Care Leavers

Mark Riddell MBE, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers Department for Education, spoke about tailoring support for care leavers at The Children in Care Conference, 2021.

Children in Care: Planning for Recovery After Covid-19: Changing Care Needs and New Challenges

Michelle Lee-Izu, Corporate Director for Children's Services Development and Innovation, spoke at The Children in Care Conference, 2021.

Safeguarding Children and Young People: The Barnardos See, Hear, Respond Programme

Amanda Naylor, Head of See Hear Respond Programme at Barnardos, spoke about the impact of the programme at The Child Safeguarding Conference, 2020.

Real-Time Monitoring of Substance Misusing Parents; a New Way to Protect Children?

This case study examines a pilot in Harrow which utilises technology that gives real time recordings of the alcohol or drugs in an individual’s system. It shows us how we can deploy technology to keep children safe in complex family environments.

How Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond Partnership is Safeguarding Children During the Covid-19 Crisis

It is clear that the pandemic has had, and will continue to have, an impact on children’s welfare. Community organisations and institutions such as schools, who would usually be able to monitor and safeguard children, are not having the same contact with children as before.

Safeguarding Children from Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment – a Multi-Agency Approach

Together, Ofsted, the CQC, HMI Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services and HMI Probation have produced a report following joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs). The report considers the practices of the individual agencies, as well as the effectiveness of multi-agency working arrangements.