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Transition from care to college

By Louise Gazeley and Tamsin Hinton-Smith |

14 March 2017

Mentor support can help looked-after children move successfully to university, project evaluation finds.

The way local authority children's services are inspected is set to undergo major change from January 2018, with Ofsted planning to move to a more proportionate system that focuses on councils that are already struggling.

Relationships in the early years

By Kirsten Asmussen |

28 February 2017

EIF gives advice on how to commission evidence-based parenting interventions in early years services.

Social work employment trends

By Derren Hayes |

28 February 2017

ADCS's Rachael Wardell responds to five key developments in the children's social work workforce.

Much has already been said about the new National Schools Funding Formula, but one aspect of the reform has not had quite so much attention - the new central school services block.

How to deliver better EHC plans

By Derren Hayes |

14 February 2017

Guide offers councils advice on producing education, health and care plans for children with SEN.

The struggles of two councils given freedoms from safeguarding duties has boosted opposition to the government's exemption clause plans. But social work leaders are split on whether freedoms increase safeguarding risks.

Birmingham's social care transfer

By Neil Puffett |

31 January 2017

England's largest authority outlines plans to transfer children's social care services to an independent trust.

Inquiry shines light on fostering

By Neil Carmichael |

31 January 2017

Education committee chair outlines issues to be debated by Commons' inquiry into state of foster care.

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report highlights data showing children and young people from poorer backgrounds do worse across a range of health outcomes. Experts blame cuts to public health and welfare support.