In-Depth

Visualising a child's care journey

By Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent |

26 February 2019

Data visualisation tool could boost efficiency and stop vulnerable children from slipping through the net.

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.

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.

School mental health pilots

By Derren Hayes |

26 February 2019

New school-based teams and practitioners aim to provide mental health support to pupils earlier.

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.

Social prescribers for children

By Nina Jacobs |

26 February 2019

StreetGames' project could be the first initiative to "prescribe" social support for struggling young people.

New inspections reveal progress

By Derren Hayes |

29 January 2019

Half of children's services inspected in their first year of the Ilacs system have improved their rating.

UK silent on UN youth strategy

By Ally Dunhill and Emina Osmandzikovic |

29 January 2019

Appointing a dedicated youth minister would help the UK implement the UN's strategy, say experts.

Factors behind rise in remand

By Nina Jacobs |

29 January 2019

Lack of magistrates and secure children's homes to blame for increase in children in custody on remand.

Early years policy: key questions

By Derren Hayes |

29 January 2019

Andrea Leadsom outlines work being undertaken by a ministerial group to assess gaps in family support.