In Depth


States of play: how the UK nations approach children's play

National Playday highlights the importance of play in children's lives across the UK. As the event approaches, Emily Rogers examines how the sector is faring amid budget cuts and other challenges.


Adoption matchmaker: Andy Leary-May, Link Maker Systems chief executive

Derren Hayes meets Andy Leary-May, co-founder and chief executive of Link Maker Systems.

Youth offending team

Joint inspections: key questions

What will the latest proposals for multi-agency safeguarding inspections mean for child protection services?

Youth work

Youth Work: 'Open-access youth work principles must be instilled into all services'

Increasing the contribution of volunteers and forming partnerships with other sector providers are two measures councils must develop if they are to make future youth provision available to all, says a leading academic.


Children's leaders gather to tackle major issues at ADCS conference

The Association of Directors of Children's Services annual conference heard about government plans for adoption reforms, improvements to children's mental health services, social work training and funding challenges.