In Depth

Your guide to the Children and Social Work Act

What the act means for everyday practice across the children's workforce.

Special Report: Play and Play Work

Play secured a funding spurt and national strategy a decade ago, but austerity put paid to much of its ambition. Yet new initiatives and spaces for children to play are vital to social and emotional wellbeing.

Who are the new youth workers?

Funding cuts mean youth workers are increasingly taking jobs outside traditional youth work settings. Joe Lepper explores how roles are changing and what that means for young people.

Childminders key to 30 hours

Childcare chief explains how childminders can help councils tackle shortage of free entitlement places.

International Focus: Social pedagogy in Denmark

Social pedagogy has a strong tradition in continental Europe. It challenges professional silos in focusing on the child as a whole person.