In Depth


CSE action plan: the key elements

After recent child sexual abuse revelations, the government has developed a national response strategy.


Declaration of independence: Anne Longfield, children's commissioner for England

Gabriella Jozwiak meets Anne Longfield, children's commissioner for England.


How charities can demonstrate social value to commissioners

The way public services are commissioned is undergoing considerable change, but charities pitched into competition for funding with private companies have a possible advantage - as long as they can demonstrate the additional social values they provide above and...


'Wilful neglect' proposals raise fears over damage to social work

Children's services leaders say the government's plans to extend wilful neglect sanctions of up to five years in prison to social care and education professionals will harm joint working and deter many entering the sector.


Recruitment in children's services: trends and challenges

Funding cuts coupled with increased demand for services are intensifying the recruitment challenges for children's services employers. Joe Lepper explores the trends across the children's workforce.