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Joining youth and family courts

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Experts assess the barriers to integrated youth and family courts system following Munby intervention.

Keeping asylum seekers safe

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Shortfalls in funding and recruitment seen as key barriers to delivering asylum safeguarding strategy.

Derren Hayes speaks to Polly Neate, chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter.

Leaders back calls from an expert working group for the creation of virtual mental health leads for children in care, but warn they must be sufficiently funded and have the power to ensure provision is put in place.

A DfE consultation reveals local agencies will have 15 months to implement new safeguarding arrangements to replace local safeguarding children boards, but some areas are already forging ahead with preparations.

Local focus on SEND in schools

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Review shows how councils can improve provision to reduce need for out-of-area residential schools.

Resettling Syrian child refugees

By Pip Tyler |

31 October 2017

New guide offers advice on how councils can help Syrian refugee families successfully adjust to UK life.

Understanding £2bn funding gap

By Derren Hayes |

31 October 2017

Council leaders plan to analyse social care spending to show the funding shortfall in children's services

Ofsted's new inspection focus

By Helen Riley |

26 September 2017

One of the first councils to undergo the new social care inspection framework shares its experience.

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.