In Depth

Mythbuster guide: helpful advice or confusing and unnecessary?

Government document offers advice on working around statutory guidance that is a barrier to good practice. Some leaders say it helps identify unnecessary duties, while others warn it dilutes protections for vulnerable children.

Special Report: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Amid increasing funding pressures and demand, councils are working to deliver comprehensive health, care and education support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Special Report: Exploitation and Vulnerability

Amid rising concerns about child criminal and sexual exploitation, policymakers and service providers are developing intelligence-led approaches to protecting vulnerable groups and supporting abuse victims.

'Sleep-in' case: the implications

Legal ruling highlights need for employment conditions for children's home staff to be reviewed, says LGA.

Ensuring care leaver provisions deliver

Leaving care adviser Mark Riddell explains how local authorities can strengthen their local offers by engaging with key partner agencies.