In Depth

Duration of care proceedings off target

The time it takes care proceedings to be completed is rising and Cafcass chief Anthony Douglas says it is likely to continue.

Restructuring children's services on early intervention approach

EIF blueprint for the future of early help recommends better co-ordination of support for vulnerable families including long-term funding, a cross-government taskforce and commitment to evidence-based practice.

Frontline funds: social workers to get budgets to support families

Councils are to trial giving social workers money to spend on practical help for families, such as a new fridge, short break or childcare. Experts say the funding will be targeted at children most at risk of care proceedings.

Mythbuster guide: helpful advice or confusing and unnecessary?

Government document offers advice on working around statutory guidance that is a barrier to good practice. Some leaders say it helps identify unnecessary duties, while others warn it dilutes protections for vulnerable children.

Special Report: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Amid increasing funding pressures and demand, councils are working to deliver comprehensive health, care and education support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

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