Opinion

Youth violence response needs local co-ordination

By Derren Hayes |

24 April 2018

The government is to invest £11m to develop new youth violence prevention projects as part of its £40m, two-year Serious Violence Strategy.

Councillors need to act now on child poverty

By Chloe Darlington |

24 April 2018

Child poverty was firmly on the agenda at the recent National Education Union conference.

Schools must prioritise children in need too

By John Freeman |

24 April 2018

The improvement of educational outcomes for children in care has been a major success story.

More adoption contact could improve outcomes

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

A review has concluded that current arrangements around adoption contact are not meeting the needs of birth families and adopted children.

Education system needs better alternatives

By Anna Feuchtwang |

27 March 2018

The education select committee's inquiry into alternative provision in education is part of its stated commitment to social justice. This is a social justice issue.

For NCS to prosper it must be compared

By Howard Williamson |

27 March 2018

The recurrent assertions by the government that the National Citizen Service (NCS) has not replaced "traditional" youth services have been, quite rightly, viewed as disingenuous.

Promoting stability has to be care system focus

By Derren Hayes |

27 February 2018

The headline findings from the Our Lives Our Care survey published in late February are encouraging for everyone working in children's social care.

Consign domestic abuse to the hall of shame

By Paul Ennals |

27 February 2018

Every now and again something in the world changes. After generations of people accepting one type of behaviour, something happens that moves the goal posts.

Self-evaluation - a story to fear or celebrate?

By Jacky Tiotto |

27 February 2018

Ofsted's new children's services inspection arrangements place far greater emphasis than the previous regime on leaders' self assessing what we do and why.

Improve opportunities to promote happiness

By Derren Hayes |

30 January 2018