In-Depth

Implications of smacking ban

By Derren Hayes and Dr Louise Hill |

25 September 2018

Expert assesses whether a smacking ban will raise demand on children's services if adopted by the UK.

Government document offers advice on working around statutory guidance that is a barrier to good practice. Some leaders say it helps identify unnecessary duties, while others warn it dilutes protections for vulnerable children.

Are children's home arrests a problem?

By Andrew Neilson and Jonathan Stanley |

25 September 2018

The Howard League for Penal Reform is concerned that children in residential care are being criminalised unfairly, despite a report showing a fall in arrests. Experts debate if enough is being done to tackle the issue.

Enterprise fund: how it works

By Anna Smee |

25 September 2018

UK Youth outlines how youth groups can access new funding scheme to become more sustainable.

Supporting Traveller children

By Joe Lepper |

25 September 2018

Experts warn on the impact of cuts to specialist school support for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children.

Research shows take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds lags far behind that of three- and four-year-olds. Providers say insufficient funding makes it uneconomical to create two-year-old places.

Health visitors: five key changes

By Dr Robert Nettleton |

25 September 2018

Blueprint for the future of health visiting sets out how practitioners can best support young families.

'Sleep-in' case: the implications

By Derren Hayes |

28 August 2018

Legal ruling highlights need for employment conditions for children's home staff to be reviewed, says LGA.

Ensuring care leaver provisions deliver

By Mark Riddell |

28 August 2018

Leaving care adviser Mark Riddell explains how local authorities can strengthen their local offers by engaging with key partner agencies.

Tougher inspections for STCs

By Joe Lepper |

28 August 2018

Youth justice experts back plans for increased monitoring by inspectorates of secure training centres.