In Depth

The good and bad of new draft standards for social workers

Social Work England, the new regulator, is holding a consultation into draft professional standards, registration rules and fitness to practice rules that all social workers will be expected to meet.

Adoption register suspension - will it make matching harder?

A system for matching hard-to-place children with adopters has been shelved after 18 years. Those running the National Adoption Register fear the change will limit options, but others say online systems can fill the void.

Bradford applied social studies course: lessons from the class of ′78

In 1978, graduates from the University of Bradford applied social studies course set out on their careers. They went on to be leaders in children's services, inspectorates, NHS services and in developing international welfare systems. Class of '78 alumni reflect...

Visualising a child's care journey

Data visualisation tool could boost efficiency and stop vulnerable children from slipping through the net.

Solving social care funding crisis: top 10 common-sense solutions

Audit Office report highlights the recent growth in demand and spending on children's services, and the lack of understanding on what is driving this. Andrew Rome says councils and providers can work together to solve it.