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Social workers as researchers: seven key principles to success

By Kelsey Beninger and Ben Collins |

26 July 2017

Kantar Public, a research and evaluation agency, explores the benefits, challenges and opportunities of using social workers as embedded research practitioners to help monitor and evaluate children's social care services

The death in 2007 of Peter Connelly resulted in a media furore over failures in his care. Child protection expert Ray Jones charts how a decade on the impact of the case can still be seen in safeguarding services

Goodwill unfazed by big brief

By Neil Puffett |

26 July 2017

Children's minister offers councils more improvement support, but warns doing more with less will continue

The loss of its overall majority has been politically costly for the government, but it has also caused policy upheaval and ministerial changes affecting children's services. Sector leaders consider the implications.

Adoption agencies go regional

By Derren Hayes |

29 June 2017

The first regional adoption agencies are set to launch, but it is still unclear how benefits will be delivered.

The key to improving EHC plans

By Derren Hayes |

27 June 2017

Education health and care plans for SEND children need reforming not scrapping, say three sector experts.

Views sought on state of foster care

By Derren Hayes |

31 May 2017

The government has launched a review of foster care in England to build a comprehensive picture of what the fostering system looks like and how it can be improved.

Your guide to the Children and Social Work Act

By Derren Hayes |

31 May 2017

What the act means for everyday practice across the children's workforce.

Academic whose research underpins new government drive to resolve parental conflict explains how policy can help councils develop support programmes that mitigate the damage it causes to children's wellbeing.

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.