There are contributions from six frontline practitioners across different parts of the children's sector reflecting on how they make ends meet.
The main analysis assesses the progress made in the development of regional adoption agencies, with evidence emerging that some areas are improving the process while others are struggling to attract staff and develop IT systems.
The 12-page special report takes an in-depth look at the government's progress to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, many for disadvantaged young people. Practice examples include: Sheffield City Council developing ties with local employers; the apprenticeship store in Stockport; pre-apprenticeship support in Kent; and the Drive Forward Foundation's work programme for London care leavers.
Also in the January edition:
- Youth work - What a survey of charity chiefs reveals about the health of small youth voluntary organisations
- Youth justice - Experts warn revised standards could lead to inconsistent practice and a reduction in rights
- Education - Research supports local government calls for a "reboot" of how SEND services are commissioned
- Early years - How the Scouts are developing a new programme to support pre-schoolers in disadvantaged areas
- Health - Emma Thomas, new chief executive of YoungMinds, outlines her plans for the youth mental health charity
- Children's services - Leading experts on why knowledge of adverse childhood experiences can help build resilience