In Depth

Make more time for direct work

Effective social work relies on face-to-face contact with children and families, but bureaucratic processes can often get in the way. Implement strategies that will free up practitioners' time for more direct work.

How to Beat Burnout: Advice for Employers

Children's professionals across social care, health and education are increasingly leaving their jobs due to "burnout". Joe Lepper explores successful strategies to beat burnout and boost staff wellbeing.

Commissioning: Rethinking SEND support

Now the SEND transfer deadline has passed, councils must embed a joint approach to commissioning, says Toni Badnall-Neill.

Commissioning: Children's centres and resilience

When revising children's centres provision, councils must consider ways to build people's resilience, says Toni Badnall-Neill.

Special Report: Recruitment and Retention in Social Care

As the social care workforce expands, the number of vacant posts remains high, prompting councils and policymakers to develop new ways to support practitioners to boost staff recruitment and retention.