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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.

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.

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 adopters set out the key features of children’s trusts

When it launched its children’s social care reform programme nearly five years ago, the Department for Education expressed an ambition that a third of councils should be in the process of handing responsibility for services to a children’s trust, or had completed the process, by 2020.