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A system for matching hard-to-place children with adopters has been shelved after 18 years. Those running the National Adoption Register fear the change will limit options, but others say online systems can fill the void.

Two-thirds of social workers are white, but in some areas that figure is much higher. Leaders say work needs to be done to encourage more ethnic minorities into the sector in frontline and leadership roles.

Youth charity supports government strategy's focus on community partnerships to tackle knife crime, but wants longer-term funding.

A perfect storm of stagnant funding rates and rising overheads are threatening providers' future, warn experts.

Guide to measure loneliness

| March 26, 2019

Feeling lonely can harm children's wellbeing, so a new guide aims to help charities identify the problem.

Statutory RSE: 5 key questions

By Jonathan Baggaley, chief executive, PSHE Association

| March 26, 2019

Expert outlines issues for school leaders when implementing relationships and sex education reforms.

Social Work England, the new regulator, is holding a consultation into draft professional standards, registration rules and fitness to practice rules that all social workers will be expected to meet.

Councils took part in a pilot to reduce parental conflict because of the damage it does to children. As the initiative is to be extended, leaders came together to explain how they engaged agencies and practitioners in the programme.

Whistleblower who alerted authorities to abuse at Medway secure training centre says the review into the case shows there needs to be major changes to how staff work with young people before the issues will be resolved.

Audit Office report highlights the recent growth in demand and spending on children's services, and the lack of understanding on what is driving this. Andrew Rome says councils and providers can work together to solve it.