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Debbie Jones to be national social care lead from September following John Goldup's surprise exit, as new looked-after children and multi-agency child protection inspections are about to come into force

The Association of Directors of Children's Services and Ofsted set out their views on whether new checks will be able to assess the effectiveness of local authority support for schools

YOTs set to work together to reflect on and review local youth justice provision and practice under new inspection arrangements

Ofsted has given a clear indication of how children's services inspections will work in the future in its consultation on the child protection system.

Two years after her sacking, Sharon Shoesmith tells Ravi Chandiramani about the immense pressures in children's services and the fight to clear her name over Peter Connelly's murder.

The Baby P case raised serious questions about the way Ofsted conducts its inspections of safeguarding practice. Lauren Higgs examines the areas where the watchdog needs to improve.