In Depth


Signs of progress in Doncaster

Head of Doncaster’s children’s trust says improvements have been made, but warns it is not “out of the woods”.


Commissioner calls for action to tackle in-family child sex abuse

Analysis by the Children’s Commissioner for England concludes that many cases of child sexual abuse go unreported because children’s professionals struggle to recognise and act on the signs of in-family abuse.


Ofsted problems mount up over children’s services inspections

Stretched resources, raised expectations and distrust among the social care sector are some of the problems to hit Ofsted recently. Children’s services experts outline what the inspectorate needs to do to get back on track.


Government turns its attention to improving residential care

Sir Martin Narey has been appointed to lead a review of children's residential care, which will examine how to deliver quality provision and improved outcomes for looked-after children while achieving value for money.


How to make an FGM report

Children's professionals have a legal duty to report known cases of FGM, so what are the key steps to take?