In-Depth

Challenge to protect personal data

By David Harris and Derren Hayes |

27 August 2019

The fallout between the National Citizen Service (NCS) Trust and one of its regional delivery partners, The Challenge, has highlighted the importance IT systems play in protecting young people's details.

Five years after the introduction of 15 hours of government-funded childcare for the 40 per cent most deprived families, take-up has started to fall. Childcare experts explain what can be done to reinvigorate the market.

Social inequality and wellbeing

By Jo Bibby, director of health, the Health Foundation |

27 August 2019

The "allostatic load" on children caused by chronic stress is a major health problem that needs addressing.

Restorative justice use in school

By Nicola Preston |

27 August 2019

A school's use of "restorative justice" to address a pupil's behaviour missed the mark, explains expert.

The good and the bad of SEND reforms

By Dame Christine Lenehan |

27 August 2019

September marks five years since the Children and Families Act 2014 became law, heralding the biggest reforms to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in a generation.

By 2024/25, councils face an estimated funding gap - the difference between how much money councils receive and how much they need to deliver services - of £8bn, according to analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA).

'Invest in the childcare workforce to get best outcomes for children'

By Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green, former children’s commissioner for England |

30 July 2019

"What a mess! Despite investment to give more infants nursery care, there are huge problems with recruitment and retention, and so much unwillingness to gain any further qualification."

Making the case for health visiting

By Derren Hayes |

30 July 2019

Councils should recognise vital preventative role played by health visitors and protect services, says expert.

Easing disproportionality in youth custody

By Joanne Parkes |

30 July 2019

For the first time, most young people in custody are of black and minority ethnic heritage, so what action is being taken to tackle the issue?

How to address the childminder decline

By Dan Parton |

30 July 2019

Inquiry aims to reinvent childminding as experts call for less council red tape and more support from government to stem falling numbers.