In Depth


Understanding the factors driving the increase in care applications

Care applications are back on the rise, with latest figures showing they grew five per cent in 2014/15. Children's services leaders give their views on what issues have influenced the rise and whether it will continue.


Legal Update: Migrants' access to healthcare

Kamena Dorling, Coram Children's Legal Centre's policy and programmes manager, raises concerns about recent restrictions on migrants' access to healthcare which present a barrier to children's wellbeing.


Ofsted under the spotlight as criticism of its role mounts

Following accusations that Ofsted is "out of touch" and hindering improvement across children's services, critics across the sector are calling for major reforms to how the regulator inspects children's social care.


Turning parents into care professionals

Gabriella Jozwiak meets participants on a government-funded scheme to train parents to be childminders to find out what lessons were learned.


Now is the time to act on abuse

Professionals cannot wait for the child sexual abuse inquiry report to improve understanding of the issue.