In Depth


Legal Update: Poverty as immigration control

Kamena Dorling, policy and programmes manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the situation of vulnerable families with "no recourse to public funds", due to their immigration status.


Outdoor learning: Getting out and about

Advocates of outdoor learning highlight a wide variety of benefits for children and young people. Charlotte Goddard looks at the evidence and explores a range of projects that teach new skills.


Careers advice plans under fire

Jobcentre Plus advisers do not have the skills to help school children enter or take up vocational training, say experts.


Councils struggle to meet rise in demand for child protection

Freedom of Information Act data shows there has been a rise over the past year in the number of children in care and on child protection plans, with children's services leaders warning of major consequences for how councils work.


Programmes bid to instil children with vital life skill of 'character'

Faced with a surge in mental health problems among children, the government hopes to promote coping strategies to help overcome life's challenges. But what determines good character and how do you teach it?