In Depth


Freedom to innovate at heart of children’s social work reforms

A government policy paper outlines ministers’ plans for improving children’s social care services, with reforms focusing on changes to professional leadership; social care practice and systems; and governance and accountability.


A serene setting to address harmful sexual behaviour

Glebe House is a residential home providing therapeutic care for young people who display harmful sexual behaviour. Emily Rogers visits staff and residents to find out more about the setting’s approach.


Narey reveals vision for efficient and effective children’s homes

A review of residential child care by ex-government adviser Sir Martin Narey says children’s homes are a vital part of the looked-after children system, and makes recommendations for how to improve the quality of provision.


Creating a volunteer programme

A successful volunteer programme has the ability to build positive relationships with families that many public sector professionals can find difficult to reach, offering considerable benefit to society.


Driven to keep families together: Sir Peter Vardy, founder, Safe Families for Children

Derren Hayes meets Sir Peter Vardy, founder of charity Safe Families for Children.