In Depth

Predictive analytics

Commissioners are grasping the potential of data analytics to predict demand for children's services, says Richard Selwyn.

Rethinking children's services

Local authorities are starting to test new ways to meet children and families' needs that focus on forging compassionate relationships between state and citizen amid rising demand for services, says Richard Selwyn.

Developing cultural competence in children's services organisations

Paper from former director of children's services highlights lack of progress in developing leadership skills of black, Asian and minority ethnic professionals, and provides tools to help create culturally competent organisations.

Beating burnout

Former social worker Mike Bush, now a consultant and trainer on mental health in the workplace, advises managers on strategies to help their staff avoid "burning out" and leaving the profession.

Commissioning: New Year resolutions

Richard Selwyn considers six resolutions to improve how children's services could be commissioned and delivered in 2018.