In Depth


Leadership: Staff motivation and retention

All children’s services teams face the challenge of keeping staff turnover low against a landscape of tight budgets, so it is essential employers master the skills to retain, motivate and reward employees.


Trafford sets agenda for integration of children’s care and health services

Having outsourced day-to-day management of its children’s services to an NHS trust, Trafford Council plans to become the first area to fully integrate social care and community health services for children and adults.


Big-picture inspection: guide to the new JTAI

New Joint Targeted Area Inspections to assess how different agencies are working together to support vulnerable children have just been launched. Joe Lepper explores how they work.


Mission to unify social work: Ruth Allen, BASW chief executive

Adam Offord talks to Ruth Allen, chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers.


Police and schools connect to help Gateshead tackle domestic abuse

At a time when government has highlighted the need to improve local domestic violence services, the support provided by Gateshead Council has been praised – with good information sharing between agencies at its heart.