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He said he loved me

A hard-hitting new play is touring schools and youth clubs to raise awareness of the grooming and sexual exploitation of young people. Eileen Fursland explores its impact in tackling this complex problem.

Early intervention leaders' debate

Children's services leaders from councils across England discussed the current challenges of resourcing effective early help services at a debate hosted by CYP Now in partnership with Capita One.

Learning Through Play, USA

Experiencing abuse or neglect can hinder the development of executive function skills, which children need in order to filter distractions, prioritise tasks, and control impulses.

Care and capability

Looked-after young people are some of the most vulnerable in society. Charlotte Goddard examines the skills required and challenges across the workforce in providing quality care across the system.

Interview: John Freeman, Raising Expectations Action Programme - Councils' learning mentor

"The biggest single set of challenges that local authorities have faced for 30 years." That's how John Freeman describes the 7bn transfer of funding from the Learning and Skills Council to local authorities in 2010. It will see local authorities take responsibility for commissioning learning for 16 to 19 year olds and sets the scene for raising the school leaving age to 18 by 2015.

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