In Depth

Gangs and Criminal Exploitation: Special Report

A rise in gang violence and youth crime has prompted policymakers to develop legislation to tackle the threats and boost funding for statutory and voluntary agencies to support child criminal exploitation victims.

Leaders call for a clearer vision of council youth work duties

Review of statutory guidance for youth services will, says the youth minister, "provide greater clarity" on what government expects councils to deliver, but leaders say this must come with extra funding and other changes.

Making the case for health visiting

Councils should recognise vital preventative role played by health visitors and protect services, says expert.

How to address the childminder decline

Inquiry aims to reinvent childminding as experts call for less council red tape and more support from government to stem falling numbers.

'Invest in the childcare workforce to get best outcomes for children'

"What a mess! Despite investment to give more infants nursery care, there are huge problems with recruitment and retention, and so much unwillingness to gain any further qualification."