In Depth

Special Report: Residential Care

Standards of residential child care have never been higher, but a shortage of provision and rising demand due to more traumatised children coming into the system is stretching local authority budgets to the limit.

Debate over care boarders

Two new schemes aim to encourage councils to place more looked-after children at boarding schools.

The future of early intervention: roundtable debate

Children's services leaders discussed how local authorities can provide effective early intervention against a backdrop of rising social need and continued financial constraint at a debate hosted by CYP Now in partnership with Capita One.

Managing risk in children's homes

Risk management is an important element of practice in children's homes. Here Ofsted's national director of social care Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson about what the regulator is looking for from settings.

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.