Local authorities must regularly check how money handed to private children's homes providers is spent, in order to ensure they are prioritising the welfare of vulnerable children over profit.
Proposals over size, location and mixed gender populations of secure schools raise campaigners' concerns.
The new social care inspection system has been billed as "light touch" for "good" authorities, but children's services leaders still need to be fully prepared for when Ofsted calls, writes Jo Stephenson.
An 'outstanding' Ofsted judgment can take years of hard work. With nearly one in five early years settings having achieved this, what can leaders do to maintain the momentum, asks Jo Stephenson.
Inspectors increasingly expect providers to consult children and families over the services they receive, with leaders playing a crucial role in ensuring their views are listened to, writes Jo Stephenson.
Amid a rise in knife crime, new Serious Violence Strategy is to fund projects working with young people at risk of involvement with gangs. But experts say work with children needs to be in universal settings and start earlier.
Justice Secretary Liz Truss has, in recent weeks, made a sweeping range...
Authors: Katie Buston, Alison Parkes and Danny Wight, University of Glasgow....