In Depth


Adult problems made in childhood

A growing body of research on the impact of adverse childhood experiences is starting to shape the planning and delivery of services for vulnerable families in the UK. Charlotte Goddard investigates.


Children’s social care inquiry bids to influence policy and practice

In a candid interview, former children’s minister Tim Loughton expresses frustration that the Munro reforms are “gathering dust” and expects leadership issues will feature prominently in the inquiry he is co-chairing.


Brexit ‘could cost’ youth groups

Funding for projects for young people could be lost if the UK exits the European Union, warn youth leaders.


Leadership: Involving young service users

Involving young people in shaping services can transform their lives and those of others. However, participation must be meaningful, fun, interactive and may generate outcomes you are not expecting.


Lessons from serious case reviews: Returning children to the home

The NSPCC has analysed findings from hundreds of serious case reviews to assess key lessons for safeguarding practice. Here is a summary of the learnings on the practice of returning children home from care.