• Government should 'dig deep' to cut child poverty, says Commission

    20 July 2021

    The Government should ‘dig deep’ by investing £14bn to help reduce child poverty and improve social mobility says a report from the independent Social Mobility Commission.

  • Probing the case for change

    19 July 2021

    The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care must name the causes of today’s child welfare inequalities if it is to hit the mark or it will risk repeating history rather than changing it, argues Kathy Evans.

  • Having children's services leads at ICS partnership talks is 'critical'

    09 July 2021

    It is ‘absolutely critically important’ that children’s services are at the table in discussions about partnership working within integrated care systems (ICS), says an NHS policy expert.

  • Children’s services trapped in ‘loop’

    24 June 2021

    Peers heard there has been a shift from spending on early help schemes to statutory ‘crisis intervention’.

  • A step in the right direction

    22 June 2021

    In the wake of Kent CC’s move to encourage a fairer share of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children among other councils, Ann McGauran talks to key figures about what needs to be done and whether the voluntary national transfer scheme can help in its new form.

  • Keeping children in sight

    16 June 2021

    Last week allegations of ill-treatment at a children’s home in Cardiff were in the spotlight. Dan Peters talks to sector experts about whether the system of inspection is failing.

  • A change of direction

    08 June 2021

    Léonie Cowen says there is a better model for the procurement of placements for looked after children, and she outlines how to achieve this using a collaborative Department for Education-funded approach she believes is unique.

  • Kent threatens Patel with legal action over asylum children

    07 June 2021

    Kent CC is threatening to launch legal action against the home secretary as it struggles with rising numbers of unaccompanied child migrants.

  • Using creative housing strategies to improve fostering

    26 May 2021

    Helen Costa discusses the urgent issue of lack of capacity in fostering and looks at what solutions are available to improve services.

  • 'Alarming' rise in child poverty in North East

    19 May 2021

    Research has found the top 10 local authority areas with the greatest increase in child poverty were all in the North East of England.

  • Child protection to be ‘reset’

    12 May 2021

    Child protection will not return to the pre-pandemic norm, a top Department for Education official has pledged.

  • Powell becomes shadow housing secretary in mini-reshuffle

    10 May 2021

    Labour leader Keir Starmer has replaced his shadow housing secretary and brought in a high-flyer as shadow child poverty minister as part of a mini-reshuffle.

  • Lack of ‘clarity’ hampering child protection

    29 April 2021

    Improvements in multi-agency leadership locally and cross-government strategy nationally are required, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have told an inquiry.

  • Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president

    22 April 2021

    The growing number of children and families who need support 'to thrive, not just survive in the wake of the pandemic' will need investment of around £12.5bn over three years, says England's new children’s services chief.

  • Helping parents who are struggling alone with abuse from their children

    21 April 2021

    Michelle John explains how PEGS is working with local authorities to equip them to support victims of child to parent abuse (CPA).

  • A creative vision for Newham

    20 April 2021

    There is now greater optimism that Newham LBC is reaching a tipping point in its improvement journey, says Tim Aldridge. The ambition is for the council to become a nationally recognised example of best practice by 2023.

  • A sense of hope for the future

    20 April 2021

    The new president of the ADCS Charlotte Ramsden talks to Ann McGauran about her aim of making this the ‘year of resetting our ambition for children and young people in this country’.

  • Gangs 'one step ahead' of authorities

    15 April 2021

    Criminal gangs that exploit children are ‘one step ahead of authorities,’ mandarins have told peers investigating efforts to protect vulnerable young people.

  • Preventing young offenders signing up for a life sentence

    13 April 2021

    Steve Ainsworth explores alternative ways to engage young people and help them turn their back on crime.

  • Looking at EHC plans in a post-COVID world

    13 April 2021

    Natalie Kenneison argues that to understand the impact of COVID and whether enough money is available for high needs, quantitative information is required to show what is working and what is not.