In Depth


Councils struggle to meet rise in demand for child protection

Freedom of Information Act data shows there has been a rise over the past year in the number of children in care and on child protection plans, with children's services leaders warning of major consequences for how councils work.


Councils and charities absorb the impact of Whitehall spending cuts

Recent cuts to government department budgets look set to be the start of a new round of austerity in public sector spending. Three experts outline the impact these cuts will have and offer ideas on how the effect can be minimised.


Legal Update: Poverty as immigration control

Kamena Dorling, policy and programmes manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the situation of vulnerable families with "no recourse to public funds", due to their immigration status.


Prioritising permanence: Kevin Williams, chief executive, The Fostering Network

Derren Hayes meets Kevin Williams, chief executive of The Fostering Network.


Troubled Families: how effective has it been?

A government taskforce is to review the Troubled Families programme, but questions remain over its effectiveness, says a leading academic.