In Depth

Review triggers debate over the role of contact in adoption cases

Review finds poor contact with birth families can cause identity problems, with report author calling for a culture change among practitioners. However, social work leaders say legislation should be revised to make contact easier.

The factors driving variation in children's services spending

Research suggests economic and geographical factors play a major part in how much councils spend on children's services. Council leaders hope the findings can be used to convince ministers of the need for additional funding.

Training youth sector leaders

Graduate of first youth leadership programme explains how taking part boosted her practice and skills.

Checks for looked-after children

Characteristics of mental health assessments for children in care are analysed as pilots set for launch.

Childcare feels the Brexit effect

Childcare's reliance on staff from the EU means Brexit could exacerbate early years workforce crisis.