• Children’s needs not prioritised, service leaders warn

    21 February 2024

    Children’s services directors have raised concerns that Government policy does not prioritise children.

  • Warwickshire probe over councillor SEND comments

    07 February 2024

    Warwickshire CC has launched an investigation after a video showed councillors making disparaging remarks about children with special educational needs.

  • This is not a slow burning threat

    05 February 2024

    We urgently need the Government to develop a national strategy to tackle the root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms, says John Pearce.

  • Plan to fight poverty

    05 February 2024

    Adrian Dougherty sets out lessons from a joined-up approach to addressing child poverty at North of Tyne Combined Authority.

  • What Choice? Your Choice

    14 December 2023

    Director of practice at the London Innovation and Improvement Alliance Dr Karla Goodman says the Your Choice programme aimed at supporting change in young people at greatest risk of involvement in violence represents a promising development.

  • National children's placement strategy required to remove 'profiteering'

    13 December 2023

    The president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services has called for a national placement strategy to remove the risks posed by some ‘clearly profiteering’ large providers.

  • Remove the risk from large private providers

    11 December 2023

    Local authorities are the sole purchasers of children’s care placements, yet are often held to ransom by private providers. John Pearce examines the case for a comprehensive national placement strategy.

  • Regional working is here to stay

    11 December 2023

    John Copps says regional working in children’s services can no longer be something that can be seen as a side show and local authorities need to engage now or risk getting left behind.

  • From merger to milestone: a year in reflection

    11 December 2023

    Dr Jo Casebourne says Foundations has been delivering on its mission in its first year – generating and championing evidence that improves services to support family relationships.

  • Using data to make better decisions for our children

    04 December 2023

    Dominic Luscombe and Debbie Barnes look at how an approach to capturing and tracking children’s needs over time, while connecting it with the cost of their care, has worked in five councils.

  • NCASC: 'Watch this space' on spiralling cost of children's placements

    30 November 2023

    The sector should ‘watch this space’ for an announcement from the Government on the spiralling costs of private placements for children, a minister said today.

  • Surge in costly care placements

    29 November 2023

    The number of children’s care placements costing £10,000 or more per week has soared by more than 1,000%, a new survey has revealed.

  • Councils call for emergency school transport funding

    20 November 2023

    ‘Spiralling’ transport costs for children with special educational needs are threatening the financial stability of England’s largest councils, according to a report.

  • Councils hit by improvement notices

    17 November 2023

    Oldham MBC and Oxfordshire CC have received improvement notices for their services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Cutting through the stigma

    08 November 2023

    Amanda Hill-Dixon gives her analysis of the findings of a report into poverty and social exclusion.

  • Stuttering Home Office needs to act for asylum children

    11 October 2023

    The National Transfer Scheme for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is clearly overwhlemed and with little sign of improvement, the system needs a rethink, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Home Office under fresh asylum pressure

    10 October 2023

    The Home Office came under fresh pressure this week to overhaul the mandatory National Transfer Scheme (NTS) for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).

  • The road to recovery

    09 October 2023

    As we see more local authorities going into intervention, Heather Jameson talks to Rotherham MBC leader Chris Read and chief executive Sharon Kemp about what it is like to work with commissioners – and come out the other side.

  • Rolling out the benefits of family conferences

    09 October 2023

    Family group conferences at pre-proceedings have huge potential to keep children with those who know and love them and could lead to £150m savings in two years, says Dr Jo Casebourne.

  • Delivering a vital service

    09 October 2023

    The flexibility given to councils to manage the provision of the Holiday Activity and Food Programme has enabled a much more cross-departmental and preventative approach, says Tom Neill