In Depth


Guide to supporting deaf children

Chris Kang-Mullen explains what councils need to do to meet their duties to support deaf children.


Now is the time to act on abuse

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


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.


Is the league table plan unfair?

The government wants schools to publish their in-house childcare provision details with league tables.


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.