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.
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?