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All the news that matters from the past month   8 ANALYSIS

Social care  Jury out on proposed mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse  8 Youth work  UK Youth Parliament tender bids to expand reach of programme  10 Social care  Factors behind the sharp growth in deprivation of liberty orders  12 Early years  Challenges for councils and early years providers in meeting free entitlement rules  13 Social care  Key features of promising social care responses to extra-familial risks and harms  14 Education  Childcare training programme to help identify SEND needs sooner  15


Anne Longfield, chair of the Commission on Young Lives, on plans for a systemic approach to support vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation


Your Shout  Katharine Sacks-Jones, chief executive of charity Become, on the John Lewis Christmas advert Editorial  Derren Hayes on the tools the sector needs to tackle the cost-of-living crisis Opinion  Planning for U-turns can turn them into a positive; Child refugees need more protection from ministers


Social work on TV Children’s social workers are often portrayed in a negative light when they feature in TV dramas, but the profession is taking steps to change that

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27 SPECIAL REPORT Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs Policy  A focus on social, emotional and mental health needs recognises behavioural links to mental health, with early intervention aiming to improve children’s ability to learn and enhance life chances Research  Positive links between student participation, recognition and wellbeing at school Practice  How a specialist school supports pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs; pathfinder reduces exclusions and supports families; alternative provision schools focus on inclusive education; a trauma-informed approach COMING UP... Digital Safeguarding (January), Therapeutic Care (February), Evaluating Impact (March)


Commissioning  The implications for commissioners of research on standards in children’s homes  39 Inspections  How the education inspection framework is being applied in special schools  40 Leadership  Developing new services  42 Funding  The Clothworkers’ Foundation  43 Legal Update  Guide to supervision orders; Coram Adoption marks 50th year  44


Case Study  Training for obesity prevention work in early years settings  46 Participation  Harrow Carers supports young carers to run an all-girls camp  48 How I Got Here  Specialist speech and language therapist Rebecca de Vyea  49

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