In Depth

Independent visitors: Volunteers help children in care

Independent visitors provide vital support to children in care. Catherine Pestano, who helps co-ordinate a network of nearly 80 volunteers in Croydon, south London, describes a typical week for the service.

Duty of care: key questions

Child abuse lawyer Peter Garsden explains the implications for councils of recent Supreme Court ruling.

Agent of change: Ann Coffey, Independent Group for Change MP for Stockport

Derren Hayes talks to Ann Coffey, Independent Group for Change MP for Stockport.

Making the case for intervening earlier

Building on the impact of the Troubled Families programme can be vital for securing the future of early help in upcoming spending review.

Inspecting social work supervision

Consistent standards and expectations are key to ensuring social work supervision helps improve outcomes for children and is recognised by inspectors, Ofsted's Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson.