• How many hats?

    03 August 2022

    Martin Samuels considers the advantages of having one director combining the children’s services and adult social services roles, and looks at what the future holds for the ‘twin hats’ job.

  • Leeds denies cover-up over social care grievance

    18 July 2022

    A senior Leeds City Council member has denied a ‘cover-up’ amid suggestions concerned frontline social workers have submitted a grievance over high caseloads.

  • Don't take socially rented homes out of use

    28 June 2022

    Claire Kober says that while home ownership is deeply ingrained in the national psyche, taking socially rented homes out of use is, in her view, not the way to achieve it.

  • Adult social care inspections ahead

    21 June 2022

    Whitehall officials are drawing up a controversial adult social care inspections system after the passing of a new law.

  • MPs to quiz council over Arthur's death

    10 December 2021

    Solihull MBC will next month be hauled in front of MPs on the Education Committee to answer questions on the killing of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

  • The future of social care remains precarious

    10 December 2021

    The adult social care reform White Paper misses the opportunity to resolve the pressing issues of pay and the funding gap to meet demand, says Amanda Kelly of PA Consulting.

  • Government can’t keep ‘flying blind’ on council finances

    01 December 2021

    The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is 'licking its fingers and sticking them in the air in an attempt to test the temperature of local authority funding', says Heather Jameson.

  • Youth justice needs a redesign

    25 November 2021

    A shocking television exposure of aggressive staff behaviour towards children at the Medway Secure Training Centre should have been a watershed moment, but five years on this is still not the case, says Charlotte Ramsden.

  • Transforming services through COVID

    29 September 2021

    Keeping children’s services going through a pandemic was hard enough, but St Helens MBC has embarked on its own journey of transformation, as Jim Leivers explains.

  • 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.

  • SEND children being left behind by council

    31 August 2021

    Children with special educational needs are being left behind by council services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, inspectors have found. 

  • Durham told to end unregistered placements

    31 August 2021

    Durham Council must take decisive action to end unregistered placements for children in care, Ofsted has warned. 

  • Revered and reviled - the lot of a regulator

    13 July 2021

    Local government's reluctance to embrace regulation is understandable, but it fails to see the side of the service user, says Abdool Kara

  • Telling the whole place story

    13 July 2021

    A Fabian pamphlet calls on Labour to commit to a new Place Audit Office (PAO) within the National Audit Office. John Tizard and David Walker explain

  • Ofsted chief rubbishes ‘inspection tsunami’ claim

    09 July 2021

    Amanda Spielman has sought to ease concerns about a deluge of inspections as the watchdog resumes normal activity in September.

  • Councils must lead the way in raising standards across social housing

    29 June 2021

    The Social Housing White Paper should be welcomed as a chance to renew council housing’s purpose of providing people with the highest possible standard of living, say Jamie Carswell and Joanne Drew.

  • Councillors to bring supported housing closer to home

    28 June 2021

    Senior Haringey LBC councillors have moved to develop supported housing for young people with complex learning disabilities and autism within their own borough.

  • 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.

  • Boarding home closures prompt council response

    30 March 2021

    Councils have been called on to help accommodate children with special educational needs after two boarding homes had their registrations suspended following critical inspections.