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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.

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.