In Depth

Special Report: Social Work With Children and Families

Social workers are among the most important people in the lives of vulnerable children, so a number of initiatives are aimed at re-energising a profession dogged by high caseloads and recruitment difficulties.

Will 30-hour childcare succeed?

Lack of funding for 30-hour free childcare is prompting leaders to question if scheme is deliverable.

Parental conflict: the impact for children and how to resolve it

Academic whose research underpins new government drive to resolve parental conflict explains how policy can help councils develop support programmes that mitigate the damage it causes to children's wellbeing.

Inspections: Early years provision in schools

Ofsted inspections of school-based early years provision reveals a picture of quality services delivered by highly qualified staff, skilled in helping to prepare children for their transition to primary school.

Strong voice for single parents: Rosie Ferguson, chief executive, Gingerbread

Neil Puffett meets Rosie Ferguson, chief executive of charity Gingerbread.