In-Depth

Girlguiding UK was forced to defend its policy of admitting transgender people after expelling two volunteers who publicly objected to the stance.

Resolving childcare apprenticeship

By Derren Hayes |

30 October 2018

Providers' groups say more must be done to ensure childcare apprenticeship works for employers.

Changing teacher views on care

By Amy Woodworth |

30 October 2018

Expert gives five key steps on how to overcome some teachers' negative perceptions of children in care.

Duration of care proceedings off target

By Derren Hayes |

30 October 2018

The time it takes care proceedings to be completed is rising and Cafcass chief Anthony Douglas says it is likely to continue.

Social media and mental health

By Derren Hayes |

30 October 2018

Experts say review of children's social media use must include technical issues and access to education.

EIF blueprint for the future of early help recommends better co-ordination of support for vulnerable families including long-term funding, a cross-government taskforce and commitment to evidence-based practice.

Councils are to trial giving social workers money to spend on practical help for families, such as a new fridge, short break or childcare. Experts say the funding will be targeted at children most at risk of care proceedings.

Implications of smacking ban

By Derren Hayes and Dr Louise Hill |

25 September 2018

Expert assesses whether a smacking ban will raise demand on children's services if adopted by the UK.

Government document offers advice on working around statutory guidance that is a barrier to good practice. Some leaders say it helps identify unnecessary duties, while others warn it dilutes protections for vulnerable children.

Are children's home arrests a problem?

By Andrew Neilson and Jonathan Stanley |

25 September 2018

The Howard League for Penal Reform is concerned that children in residential care are being criminalised unfairly, despite a report showing a fall in arrests. Experts debate if enough is being done to tackle the issue.