In Depth

A public health approach to youth violence

With violent crime on the increase in England, Tom de Castella asks what children's services can learn from the public health model that originated in the US and has reduced youth violence in Glasgow.

Special Report: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Amid increasing funding pressures and demand, councils are working to deliver comprehensive health, care and education support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Mythbuster guide: helpful advice or confusing and unnecessary?

Government document offers advice on working around statutory guidance that is a barrier to good practice. Some leaders say it helps identify unnecessary duties, while others warn it dilutes protections for vulnerable children.

Focus on 30 hours limits places for disadvantaged two-year-olds

Research shows take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds lags far behind that of three- and four-year-olds. Providers say insufficient funding makes it uneconomical to create two-year-old places.

Are children's home arrests a problem?

The Howard League for Penal Reform is concerned that children in residential care are being criminalised unfairly, despite a report showing a fall in arrests. Experts debate if enough is being done to tackle the issue.

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