• Watchdog calls for mandatory transfer scheme

    20 October 2021

    Ofsted has joined calls for councils to be required to take in unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

  • Government appoints SEND commissioner at Birmingham

    20 October 2021

    A former council chief executive has been appointed to oversee improvements to Birmingham City Council’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) service.

  • Westminster wins legal battle with Holyrood

    07 October 2021

    The UK Government has blocked two Scottish Parliament Bills after winning the backing of the Supreme Court.

  • Domestic violence and its betrayal

    29 September 2021

    The Domestic Abuse Act could and should have gone further ‘particularly and most notably around funding, state support and restitution’ argues Stephen Young.

  • Help – when and where it’s needed

    29 September 2021

    Norfolk CC has successfully shifted the emphasis in children's services from crisis to prevention, including remodelling its corporate parenting service for children in care and beyond. It's just the start, as Sara Tough explains.

  • Call for national service for children in care

    22 September 2021

    Responsibilities for children in care should be removed from local authorities, a charity has said.

  • Starfish Talent 20 – People

    19 September 2021

    In the second installment of the Starfish Talent 20, we put a spotlight on 20 leaders of the future, this time focusing on children’s and adult social care, education, communities and public health.

  • Three priorities for the new education secretary  

    17 September 2021

    Donna Molloy of the Early Intervention Foundation outlines three priorities for the new secretary of state for education Nadhim Zahawi and says there’s a ‘window of opportunity’ for positive change.

  • Put education at the heart of levelling up, say CPP and NRG

    16 September 2021

    Education should be at the heart of the levelling up agenda, according to the influential Northern Research Group (NRG) and think tank the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP).

  • HMJ: Disabled children’s conditions have worsened during COVID

    14 September 2021

    Many services for disabled children and their families have been ‘slow to return’ since lockdown restrictions were lifted, according to the results of a new report.

  • Making the leap

    14 September 2021

    Patrick Melia explains Sunderland City Council’s drive and determination in taking its children’s services from inadequate to outstanding.

  • Voyage for improvement

    14 September 2021

    Blackpool Council’s new model of practice is shifting service culture away from a focus on process to one that works with families to achieve optimum impact and outcomes for their children, writes Victoria Gent.

  • Helping care leavers thrive

    10 September 2021

    Jon Rouse highlights Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s progress in supporting care leavers. Getting things right ‘starts with the basics’, he says.

  • Avoiding another Lambeth

    31 August 2021

    Richard Scorer says the obvious question hanging over the report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on the experiences of children in Lambeth’s care is are children safe in local authority care today?

  • Integrated early years services – the benefits are clear

    31 August 2021

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report on the long-term benefits of Sure Start offers a rare opportunity to build on a strong evidence base to design the new Family Hubs programme, say Sarah Cattan and Christine Farquharson.

  • Children outside cities being overlooked

    27 August 2021

    Young people in rural areas are at risk of being left behind, a new report has warned.

  • Third of most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund, research finds

    25 August 2021

    More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

  • Let’s bring a bold policy moment to life

    25 August 2021

    It’s time to seize the opportunity of the Spending Review to level up support for children and families, says chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation, Dr Jo Casebourne.

  • Calls for more funding as child abuse increases

    20 August 2021

    Incidents involving death or serious harm to a child have risen in the past year, leading to calls for further funding.

  • Campaigners head to court over care placements

    12 August 2021

    Five local authorities are facing legal action over out-of-area accommodation for children in care.