In Depth


Leadership: Staff motivation and retention

All children’s services teams face the challenge of keeping staff turnover low against a landscape of tight budgets, so it is essential employers master the skills to retain, motivate and reward employees.


Mission to unify social work: Ruth Allen, BASW chief executive

Adam Offord talks to Ruth Allen, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers.


Big-picture inspection: guide to the new JTAI

New Joint Targeted Area Inspections to assess how different agencies are working together to support vulnerable children have just been launched. Joe Lepper explores how they work.


Police and schools connect to help Gateshead tackle domestic abuse

At a time when government has highlighted the need to improve local domestic violence services, the support provided by Gateshead Council has been praised – with good information sharing between agencies at its heart.


Could specialist regional centres solve CAMHS access problems?

More evidence has emerged of the difficulties young people in some parts of the country have in getting treatment for mental health problems, prompting some experts to call for the creation of specialist regional centres.