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Population boom

By 2020, there will be 21 per cent more primary-age children in England than in 2010, with certain places set for explosive growth. Charlotte Goddard looks at the implications for children's services.

Interview: Helen Dent, chief executive, Family Action

The main political parties all waxed lyrical about what they would do for families in the run-up to the general election. But Helen Dent, chief executive of charity Family Action since 1996, believes rhetoric must now give way to something more purposeful.

365

365 - National Theatre of Scotland, Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, LondonUntil 27 SeptemberTickets start from 10www.lyric.co.uk.

Stephen Leach, Team leader, Talk Don't Walk, Warrington.

Young people do not run away if they are happy. They often run away because they feel they cannot express themselves or they are not being heard. They act in desperation and think of the consequences later. My role is to help them think about the future.

The Social Care Academy

Vacancy rates and staff turnover have plummeted in Essex since the opening of its children's social work training academy. Charlotte Goddard asks those behind the initiative how it has been achieved.