Opinion

Education cuts undermine SEND reforms

By Anna Feuchtwang |

02 January 2019

An Ofsted report into the support (or lack of) for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)published in December was reported as a "national scandal". True. But who's to blame?

It was probably lonely this Christmas

By Howard Williamson |

02 January 2019

The festive season has come and gone and, I am sure, there were occasional moments when our eyes and thoughts turned - or were turned - to homeless people.

Time to invest in the children's workforce

By Derren Hayes |

02 January 2019

Ask children's services leaders - whether a director of children's services, head teacher or nursery manager - what motivates their staff, and most will say it's a passion to improve outcomes for children, not the wage that comes with it.

Focus on reunification could stem care rise

By Derren Hayes |

27 November 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, funding across the entire children's sector has never felt more precarious.

Right support vital to keep families together

By Jacky Tiotto |

27 November 2018

The Clear Blue Waterreport by England's chief social worker Isabelle Trowler and the University of Sheffield is a brave, compelling and defensible reminder of the care we have to take over life-changing decisions about whether and why we think a child should be permanently removed from their birth parents.

Early help must focus on the under-twos

By Paul Ennals |

27 November 2018

Every so often, a "landmark" report on early intervention is published.

Early help must prove it cuts care demand

By Derren Hayes |

30 October 2018

Graham Allen's 2011 report Early Intervention: The Next Steps makes clear that the real savings from early help lay in its ability to reduce the numbers coming into care to such an extent that fewer high-cost residential facilities would be needed.

Funding and fairness key to schools debate

By John Freeman |

30 October 2018

The speech by shadow education secretary Angela Rayner to the Labour party conference was strong on principle - whatever your view of academies, she has come out strongly in support of a particular vision of education.

Remake the welfare state for children

By Kathy Evans |

30 October 2018

By the time you read this column, Budget Day will have come and gone.

State and charities must pool resources

By Anna Feuchtwang |

25 September 2018

I was recently one of the judges for the CYP Now Awards 2018 and was, as ever, impressed by the range of work being delivered.