In Depth


Careers advice plans under fire

Jobcentre Plus advisers do not have the skills to help school children enter or take up vocational training, say experts.


Programmes bid to instil children with vital life skill of 'character'

Faced with a surge in mental health problems among children, the government hopes to promote coping strategies to help overcome life's challenges. But what determines good character and how do you teach it?


Councils struggle to meet rise in demand for child protection

Freedom of Information Act data shows there has been a rise over the past year in the number of children in care and on child protection plans, with children's services leaders warning of major consequences for how councils work.


Outdoor learning: Getting out and about

Advocates of outdoor learning highlight a wide variety of benefits for children and young people. Charlotte Goddard looks at the evidence and explores a range of projects that teach new skills.


Injunctions tackle gang culture

The government has issued updated guidance on gang injunctions that could see them used more widely.