Opinion

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.

Benefits of funded childcare need selling

By Derren Hayes |

25 September 2018

When searching for reasons for the low take-up of funded childcare for disadvantaged two-year-olds in England, debate has focused on whether providers are being adequately remunerated to create sufficient places.