In Depth

Special Report: Social Work With Children and Families

Social workers are among the most important people in the lives of vulnerable children, so a number of initiatives are aimed at re-energising a profession dogged by high caseloads and recruitment difficulties.

Youth courts: a problem-solving approach

Blackburn Magistrates' Court is one of the first to try a problem-solving approach to work with young offenders in an effort to improve their wellbeing and cut reoffending rates. Jo Stephenson investigates.

Will 30-hour childcare succeed?

Lack of funding for 30-hour free childcare is prompting leaders to question if scheme is deliverable.

Guide to tackling CSA in schools

Schools are vital in educating about child sexual abuse, but too many do not discuss it, research shows.

Tri-borough collapse: the fallout

End of pioneering arrangement raises questions over future of councils pooling children's services.