In Depth

Forging Lifelong Links for children in care

The Lifelong Links model being tested in England and Scotland aims to establish and rebuild key relationships for looked-after children. Jo Stephenson spoke to authorities trialling the approach.

Government turns to innovation programme to address care rise

Three projects aimed at preventing children coming into care and helping those already in the system to leave are to be expanded to 20 councils. Experts call for greater emphasis on supporting families to stay together.

Call for bold youth work vision

Chair of a parliamentary inquiry into youth work says decisive action is needed to reinvigorate profession.

Childcare funding in spotlight

Early years experts outline changes needed to ease financial pressures as parliamentary inquiry launched.

Secure schools: government looks to providers to deliver reforms

MoJ documents reveal details of how secure school will operate and what prospective providers must do to fulfil ministers' ambitions. But one expert fears that a lack of funding and too many children may harm its impact.