In Depth

Communicating children's services

Communicating the day-to-day work of children's services can be a challenge but is also vital. Jo Stephenson speaks to communication experts to identify 10 key ways to do this effectively.

Commissioning: Systems thinking

Finding the right solution for complex children's services problems requires new tools and thinking, says Richard Selwyn.

Care and capability

Looked-after young people are some of the most vulnerable in society. Charlotte Goddard examines the skills required and challenges across the workforce in providing quality care across the system.

The optimum place

As the number of children in care continues to rise, Joe Lepper examines how commissioners are juggling the perennial challenge of placing children according to their needs at reasonable cost.

How to recruit and retain social workers

Recruitment and retention challenges in children's services mean councils are searching for new ways to attract and retain social workers. Joe Lepper looks at different approaches and investigates what actually works.

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