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.
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.
Dame Christine Lenehan review of inpatient care for children and young adults with severe learning disabilities finds policies and services lack co-ordination and calls for health and social care to develop integrated provision.
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.