In Depth

Reporting of abuse and neglect: options, arguments and impact

Government consultation puts forward two possible systems for children's professionals to report abuse and neglect. Campaigners and leaders say the plans go too far, but are split on whether they will increase referrals and costs.

Leadership: Improving family engagement

Involving families with service design and delivery can be the key to empowering people to make real changes in their lives, so professionals must find ways to help them engage and reap the benefits.

Children's policy under May rule: implications of minister changes

Alterations to ministerial briefs at the Department for Education suggest some shifts in policy priorities.

Legal update - Child detention and age disputes

Stewart MacLachlan, legal and policy officer at Coram Children's Legal Centre, looks at some recent developments regarding the detention of unaccompanied migrant children by immigration authorities

Exemption clause causes division

Controversial clause in bill that could see councils exempted from safeguarding laws has split opinion.