In Depth

Delays undermine asylum transfer scheme

Campaigners back inspection report that shows funding and capacity concerns are delaying transfers of unaccompanied children.

More support for young carers

Study highlights challenges faced by children with seriously ill parents and the extra support needed.

Mulberry Bush: Building the Burrow

Residential special school Mulberry Bush is opening a new year-round unit to care for children who do not have families to return to during school holidays. Tom de Castella visits the specialist facility.

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.

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.