In Depth

Court ruling uncovers knowledge gap in gender identity practice

The increase in children referred with gender identity issues is putting social workers under pressure over how to respond appropriately. Experts say a legal ruling highlights the need for practitioners to be properly trained.

Safeguarding pressures research reveals 'complex, urgent' issues

ADCS survey identifies factors driving up demand on the child protection system and charts changes in how councils are responding to the pressures. Experts outline how the system can adapt to cope better.

Legal Update: NHS cost recovery proposals

Patients may soon need to present identification to access NHS treatment. Gargie Ahmad, intern at Coram Children's Legal Centre, considers the impact on undocumented migrant children and families.

Labour's social work champion: Emma Lewell-Buck MP, shadow children's minister

Derren Hayes talks to Emma Lewell-Buck MP, shadow children's minister.

DfE turns to 'big data' to warn of Ofsted 'inadequate' rating risk

Department for Education permanent secretary says new datasets could help children's services departments is identify problems ahead of Ofsted inspections and enable them to turn these around to avoid poor ratings.