In-Depth

Factors for SEND funding crisis

By Derren Hayes |

02 January 2019

Research findings support local government calls for a 'reboot' of how SEND services are commissioned.

Evaluation of regional adoption agencies highlights mixed progress, with some starting to improve various aspects of the adoption process, while others are struggling to attract staff and develop shared IT functions.

Turning ACE into positive change

By Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green and Dr Jason Pandya-Wood |

02 January 2019

Knowledge of adverse childhood experiences should be used to build children's resilience, say experts.

Draft standards miss the mark

By Derren Hayes |

02 January 2019

Experts warn revised youth justice standards may reduce children's rights and lead to inconsistent practice.

Better support for care leavers

By Mark Riddell |

02 January 2019

Councils must focus more on their corporate parenting role for care leavers in 2019, says DfE expert.

Scouts turn focus on pre-schoolers

By Nina Jacobs |

02 January 2019

Youth organisation launches programme supporting four- and five-year-olds in disadvantaged areas.

Nearly three times as many youth charity leaders expect annual income to rise in 2019 compared to those who think it will fall, but most say they want more support to develop partnerships with local businesses.

Tackling parental alcohol risk

By Derren Hayes |

27 November 2018

Health visitors are vital for engaging parents about alcohol use and the risks to children, says expert.

How to help siblings maintain contact

By Professor Daniel Monk and Dr Jan Macvarish |

27 November 2018

Experts outline five key messages for legal and social work professionals to emerge from latest research on sibling relationships in the care system.

Three projects aimed at preventing children coming into care and helping those already in the system to leave are to be expanded to 20 councils. Experts call for greater emphasis on supporting families to stay together.