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Better commissioner relations

A Lloyds Bank Foundation report says the current commissioning processes threaten the survival of small charities. Here, a commissioner says they must work to forge partnerships with councils.

Improving children's health together

A national partnership of organisations charged with improving children and young people's health and wellbeing launched last week. Andrew Christie, chair of the Association of Directors of Children's Services committee on health, care and additional needs, explains how it will go about it.

PM's plan 'overstretched and underfunded'

In the coming weeks, local authorities are faced with the daunting task of calculating the number of "troubled families" in their area, identifying where they live and what their needs are.

Early intervention grant raises questions over fairness and bias

Against a backdrop of continued austerity, the announcement last month that the early intervention grant is set to rise by six per cent from April appeared to offer some hope that services tackling deep-seated issues among the most disadvantaged children and families would be boosted.