Children's social workers at a council rated "inadequate" are considering a second round of strikes, due to continuing concerns about heavy workloads and unfilled vacancies.
The absence of powers has made local safeguarding more difficult to tackle, but where leaders have influenced and challenged effectively, success has been achieved, says Jim Gamble.
Richard Selwyn says commissioning practice must adapt if it is to help improve the mental health of children and young people.
Parental involvement can be a significant positive influence on a child's educational achievement, so it is important that teachers and families build strong links between children's school and home lives.
All commissioning decisions should be judged by the impact they have on children's outcomes, says Richard Selwyn.
Funding and organisation changes are behind fewer children's services directors moving jobs.
Rarely has the effect of a change in policy and practice been so evident...
An increasing number of teachers are leaving the profession before retirement....