In Depth

Tackling health visitor struggles

Local authorities need to be given more flexibility over delivering child health checks, says LGA chief.

Concerns over family court deal

Children's advocates claim agreement could see Cafcass and social workers "collude" in care cases.

Inquiry reveals social care system is failing to meet children's needs

Review finds councils unable to keep up with rising demand, with resources focused on crisis interventions at the expense of early help. No Good Options calls for action to tackle postcode lottery of services and children's outcomes.

Are schools funding plans fair?

Government proposals to revise the formula used to decide school funding is meant to move money to more deprived areas, but critics say changes place too much emphasis on pupils with additional needs.

Caring for children with complex needs

WellChild nurses work in innovative ways to support children with complex needs and their families. Gabriella Jóźwiak finds out about their varied roles and the difference they make to children's lives