In Depth

Regional adoption agencies: initial successes, emerging challenges

Evaluation of regional adoption agencies highlights mixed progress, with some starting to improve various aspects of the adoption process, while others are struggling to attract staff and develop shared IT functions.

Turning ACE into positive change

Knowledge of adverse childhood experiences should be used to build children's resilience, say experts.

Better support for care leavers

Councils must focus more on their corporate parenting role for care leavers in 2019, says DfE expert.

Commissioning: Care placements and sufficiency

A recent report warns of a crisis in care commissioning. Long-term planning is the only solution, says Toni Badnall-Neill.

How to help siblings maintain contact

Experts outline five key messages for legal and social work professionals to emerge from latest research on sibling relationships in the care system.