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Association of Directors of Children's Services president Alison Michalska says agencies must work together to convince government to invest more in services, while councils must get greater powers to influence education.

Delivering the workforce strategy

By Mark Dawe |

14 March 2017

Government's early years workforce strategy proposes raft of measures to tackle recruitment crisis.

Playwork qualification reforms

By Adrian Voce |

14 March 2017

Withdrawal of playwork qualifications is the latest episode in the dismantling of a sector, says expert.

Sharing risk in youth work

By Brendan O’Keefe |

14 March 2017

Youth mutual boss identifies four principles for providers and commissioners to deliver effective services.

New youth work income streams

By Rosemary Watt-Wyness |

14 February 2017

With council funding falling, charities must develop fresh ways of boosting revenue, says London Youth.

Guide to the Life Chances Fund

By Jonathan Flory |

31 January 2017

Advice on how to bid for slice of £80m of social finance to fund projects tackling youth unemployment.

The government has set out its plans for how a proposed national assessment and accreditation system for children's social workers intended to boost the quality of practice in the profession will be implemented.

Better commissioner relations

By Richard Selwyn |

03 January 2017

A Lloyds Bank Foundation report says the current commissioning processes threaten the survival of small charities. Here, a commissioner says they must work to forge partnerships with councils.

How to bid for Tampon Tax Fund

By Adam Offord |

03 January 2017

Charities supporting women and girls can now get a share of £15m fund derived from tax on sanitary products.

Preparing for 30-hour childcare

By James Hempsall |

22 November 2016

Following the government response to the consultation, issues remain over how the policy will work.