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Despite the Local Government Finance Bill failing to materialise, ministers are expected to resurrect plans for councils to generate all their income locally, with potentially dire results for children's services in some areas.

Radicalisation response needs a revamp

By Andy Elvin |

29 August 2017

Research highlights the child protection system's challenges in tackling radicalisation, with agencies needing to reassess how to address them.

The UK government has set out proposals for those who currently have European Union rights to live, work and study in the UK to be able to apply for a form of settled status on or after withdrawal from the EU.

Social workers as researchers: seven key principles to success

By Kelsey Beninger and Ben Collins |

26 July 2017

Kantar Public, a research and evaluation agency, explores the benefits, challenges and opportunities of using social workers as embedded research practitioners to help monitor and evaluate children's social care services

The death in 2007 of Peter Connelly resulted in a media furore over failures in his care. Child protection expert Ray Jones charts how a decade on the impact of the case can still be seen in safeguarding services

Goodwill unfazed by big brief

By Neil Puffett |

26 July 2017

Children's minister offers councils more improvement support, but warns doing more with less will continue

The loss of its overall majority has been politically costly for the government, but it has also caused policy upheaval and ministerial changes affecting children's services. Sector leaders consider the implications.

Adoption agencies go regional

By Derren Hayes |

29 June 2017

The first regional adoption agencies are set to launch, but it is still unclear how benefits will be delivered.

The key to improving EHC plans

By Derren Hayes |

27 June 2017

Education health and care plans for SEND children need reforming not scrapping, say three sector experts.

Views sought on state of foster care

By Derren Hayes |

31 May 2017

The government has launched a review of foster care in England to build a comprehensive picture of what the fostering system looks like and how it can be improved.