In Depth


Children's leaders gather to tackle major issues at ADCS conference

The Association of Directors of Children's Services annual conference heard about government plans for adoption reforms, improvements to children's mental health services, social work training and funding challenges.

Youth work

Youth Work: 'Open-access youth work principles must be instilled into all services'

Increasing the contribution of volunteers and forming partnerships with other sector providers are two measures councils must develop if they are to make future youth provision available to all, says a leading academic.


Adoption matchmaker: Andy Leary-May, Link Maker Systems chief executive

Derren Hayes meets Andy Leary-May, co-founder and chief executive of Link Maker Systems.


Spending the pupil premium wisely

National Audit Office wants schools to use more evidence-backed interventions to boost pupil attainment.


States of play: how the UK nations approach children's play

National Playday highlights the importance of play in children's lives across the UK. As the event approaches, Emily Rogers examines how the sector is faring amid budget cuts and other challenges.