In Depth


Multi-agency response needed to tackle female genital mutilation

Guidance issued by the Department of Health outlines the type of issues commissioners need to take into account when setting up services across different parts of the country to treat and support FGM victims.


On the case with the Cafcass intake team

The creation of an "intake team" by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has improved the speed and accuracy of information sent to courts. Charlotte Goddard spent a day with them.


More work is required to achieve 26-week care proceedings target

As Ministry of Justice figures reveal that 44 per cent of family court cases are missing the 26-week duration limit, experts look at this complex issue and assess what can be done to reduce unnecessary system delays.


Taking a stand: candidates set out their stall for election

Adam Offord finds out from five prospective MPs from the children and youth sectors why they are standing for parliament, their campaign priorities, and what issues they think are important for children and families.


Legal Update: Legal aid cuts limit access to justice

Calls are continuing for an urgent review of advice and legal support for children, young people and families, explains Anita Hurrell, legal and policy officer at Coram Children's Legal Centre.