In Depth

Birmingham enters trust era

Getting out of "inadequate" by end of the year is the first target for Birmingham's new children's trust.

Review triggers debate over the role of contact in adoption cases

Review finds poor contact with birth families can cause identity problems, with report author calling for a culture change among practitioners. However, social work leaders say legislation should be revised to make contact easier.

Special Report: Technology in Children's Services

Children's services are increasingly using technology to boost information sharing among professionals and across agency and geographical boundaries to get help to vulnerable children and families earlier.

Learning from Troubled Families

How can commissioners use the Troubled Families programme to lead local transformation, asks Richard Selwyn.

Legal Update: Education of looked-after children

Richard Oldershaw, team leader with the Child Law Advice Service, examines the new guidance and funding to promote educational attainment for looked-after children and those who have left care.