In Depth

Tackling teenage pregnancies

As national conception rates for girls under 18 fall, three councils' successful approaches are outlined.

Councils make SEND progress amid concerns over quality

It has taken four years to transfer most children with special educational needs and disabilities to a new support system. While parents appear satisfied with the process, campaigners have criticised the quality of some care plans.

Checks for looked-after children

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

Call to boost school counselling services

Council leaders and professional organisations say mental health green paper should prioritise counselling services based in schools

Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices: the outstanding play team making every day count

Play and playfulness is central to the work of Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices for children and young people. Charlotte Goddard went to meet their award-winning play team to find out more.