In Depth


First-time voters make their choice

The general election on 7 May will see millions of young people eligible to vote for the first time. Here, six 18- to 22-year-olds tell Adam Offord about their priorities, which political parties will get their backing, and why.


Guide to nursery first aid training

What the compulsory first aid training requirements will mean for early years practitioners and providers.

Helen Marshall

Coalition of the times: Chyps and Ambition merge into one

On 1 April, the Confederation of Heads of Young People's Services will merge into youth charity Ambition, a move that reflects the increased role voluntary organisations are playing in delivering statutory youth services.


Government hopes cash boost will transform children's mental health

The government is to pump over £1bn into overhauling children's mental health services by 2020, but experts say this alone will not be enough to tackle deep-rooted problems with access to therapy and the commissioning system.


Protector of children's services: Alison O'Sullivan, ADCS president

Neil Puffett meets Alison O’Sullivan, president of the ADCS.