Social workers are among the most important people in the lives of vulnerable children, so a number of initiatives are aimed at re-energising a profession dogged by high caseloads and recruitment difficulties.

Youth courts: a problem-solving approach

By Jo Stephenson |

04 May 2017

Blackburn Magistrates' Court is one of the first to try a problem-solving approach to work with young offenders in an effort to improve their wellbeing and cut reoffending rates. Jo Stephenson investigates.

Will 30-hour childcare succeed?

By Neil Leitch and James Hempsall |

04 May 2017

Lack of funding for 30-hour free childcare is prompting leaders to question if scheme is deliverable.

Guide to tackling CSA in schools

By Derren Hayes |

04 May 2017

Schools are vital in educating about child sexual abuse, but too many do not discuss it, research shows.

Tri-borough collapse: the fallout

By Neil Puffett |

04 May 2017

End of pioneering arrangement raises questions over future of councils pooling children's services.