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Prioritising emotional and mental health for children in care

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Tuesday 13 January 2015 / Children in care, Care leavers, Early intervention

Our response to a government consultation on promoting the health and welfare of looked-after children last week was an opportunity to highlight the need to prioritise the emotional and mental health of children and young people in care. From our research and direct work with vulnerable young people, we know that this is an area of urgent need.

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Vulnerable young people and debt: in their words

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Monday 15 December 2014 / Financial education

Our report, Paying the Price, considers the cost of vulnerable young people not receiving a decent financial education. They often end up in debt, which can lead to serious consequences as they become independent. We explore the issue through the words of our young people and staff.

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Byte Night 2014: sleeping out for young homelessness

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Monday 13 October 2014 / Care leavers, Youth Homelessness
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2014 was the biggest ever Byte Night with just under 1,300 professionals from the IT industry sleeping rough to raise money to tackle youth homelessness. Nationally we’ve raised £750,000 and counting…

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Action for Children old boy Walter Tull honoured with £5 coin

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Thursday 04 September 2014 / Heritage
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Orphan Walter Tull is to be commemorated in a £5 coin for his role as the first black combat officer in the British Army during the First World War.

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'I feel more confident and ready to live on my own and that's largely down to staff'

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Positive relationships are the foundation of any happy home. In our new resource for staff, young people in care tell us how positive relationships help them to talk about their worries, seek help and keep themselves safe. Here's Amy's story.

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Our birthday present for practitioners: our new Keeping myself safe resource

As we celebrate our 145th birthday, we have launched a new toolkit for practitioners working with young people in residential care. ‘Keeping Myself Safe’ looks at the skills needed to develop effective relationships with young people which will enable them to build resilience and manage risk in their lives.

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What happens to children caught by the benefit cap?

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Monday 03 February 2014 / Cost of living
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For months we have been worried about the potential impact of the benefit cap on vulnerable children. Our research, based on freedom of information requests, bears out our concerns.

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Early intervention works, but austerity is its biggest threat

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‘Early intervention’ seems to be the concept of the moment - it’s snappy, it’s punchy and it sounds like we mean business. But early intervention isn't one ‘ta-da!’ moment, it’s a lengthy complicated journey.

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