In Depth

Martin Narey

Placement order decline puts adoption drive under threat

A halving of the number of children approved for adoption looks set to have far-reaching consequences for how local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies work, despite government efforts to stem the fall.


Independent voice a must for commissioner Anne Longfield

The next children's commissioner for England Anne Longfield must stand up to the government if she is to champion the rights of children and young people and allay concerns over the role's independence.


Labour's listener

Laura McCardle meets shadow childcare minister Alison McGovern.


Childcare providers call for review of free entitlement funding model

Latest research shows a 20 per cent funding gap between the cost of delivering free childcare and the amount paid to providers, with experts warning it could jeopardise the government programme if not addressed.


Suffering inside: The welfare of children in custody

As many as one in five children in custody has attempted suicide, while many more self-harm. Joe Lepper explores what the youth secure estate and health services are doing to reduce risk and protect the welfare of this vulnerable group.