In-Depth

Asylum support: six key asks

By Amanda Shah, policy officer, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit |

30 July 2019

A group of young people in care and affected by asylum have devised advice on how best to support them.

Review of statutory guidance for youth services will, says the youth minister, "provide greater clarity" on what government expects councils to deliver, but leaders say this must come with extra funding and other changes.

Teaching about sexual consent

By Jennifer Cassarly, PhD candidate, Teesside University |

30 July 2019

Early adolescents should be taught about sexual consent to tackle stereotypical views, says expert.

Recent guidance aims to help youth justice practitioners to improve how they support young offenders to deal with grief and bereavement.

Duty of care: key questions

By Peter Garsden |

25 June 2019

Child abuse lawyer Peter Garsden explains the implications for councils of recent Supreme Court ruling.

Closer working between children's health and social care services can be achieved through five key changes.

Making the case for intervening earlier

By Derren Hayes |

25 June 2019

Building on the impact of the Troubled Families programme can be vital for securing the future of early help in upcoming spending review.

With funds lacking to meet families' expectations of special educational needs and disability services, parents and practitioners have pursued education, health and care plans to obtain support, worsening the cash crisis.

Analysis reveals the largest falls in the use of children's centres is in the poorest council areas leading experts to question the government's commitment to social mobility and call for a new funding and policy direction.

Merits of Labour youth plans

By Bren Cook, senior lecturer in youth and community work, University of Bolton |

25 June 2019

Youth work academic assesses if Labour's Youth Strategy could regenerate the sector following deep cuts.