In Depth


Refugee support sparks dispute

Kent is calling for a compulsory scheme to disperse refugee children, but some warn such plans will fail.


Breaking autism’s work barrier: Jolanta Lasota, chief executive, Ambitious about Autism

Jess Brown meets Jolanta Lasota, chief executive of Ambitious about Autism.


Failing mental health provision for children in care under review

An inquiry by MPs has found mental health services for children in care are inadequate. Experts give their views on how to improve access to services, assessment of needs and quality of provision for this vulnerable group.


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.