In Depth

Special Report: Commissioning Care

Commissioners play a pivotal role in ensuring vulnerable children receive the care they need. However, demand and funding pressures are driving the development of new systems and changes in practice.

Timpson is confident his 'unique experience' can help children

In an interview with CYP Now, former children's minister Edward Timpson outlines his approach to new roles at Cafcass, the children's commissioner for England, school exclusions review and safeguarding practice panel.

Help for children of alcoholics

Councils should create drop-in centres to support children whose parents misuse alcohol, says expert.

DCS turnover: beneath the data

High turnover in children's services directors in the past year masks signs of increased stability.

New Ofsted social care chief hails era of intelligence-led inspections

Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's new director of social care, says the latest children's services inspection framework focuses more on frontline social work practice and uses data analysis to identify emerging problems.