In-Depth

Birmingham enters trust era

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

Getting out of "inadequate" by end of the year is the first target for Birmingham's new children's trust.

Boosting YOI classroom time

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

Experts call for changes to education provision in youth custody amid fall in classroom time in 2017.

Childcare feels the Brexit effect

By Purnima Tanuku |

27 March 2018

Childcare's reliance on staff from the EU means Brexit could exacerbate early years workforce crisis.

Training youth sector leaders

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

Graduate of first youth leadership programme explains how taking part boosted her practice and skills.

Checks for looked-after children

By Alison O’Sullivan |

27 March 2018

Characteristics of mental health assessments for children in care are analysed as pilots set for launch.

Review finds poor contact with birth families can cause identity problems, with report author calling for a culture change among practitioners. However, social work leaders say legislation should be revised to make contact easier.

Research suggests economic and geographical factors play a major part in how much councils spend on children's services. Council leaders hope the findings can be used to convince ministers of the need for additional funding.

Recent research carried out by Isos Partnerships has assessed the changing nature of the local authority role in supporting and leading school improvement.

Post-adoption support boost

By Derren Hayes |

27 February 2018

Freedom of Information data reveals extent of council "match funding" under Adoption Support Fund.

Is new youth legislation needed?

By Jan Cosgrove and Adam Muirhead |

27 February 2018

The IYW plans to get youth work on to a "statutory footing" to create a more "equitable" relationship with the government, but is that necessary when legislation already requires councils to secure provision?