Opinion

Lessons for commissioners from Carillion

By Kathy Evans |

31 July 2018

Between the spectacle of President Trump's visit and the drama of Brexit, it would have been easy to miss the report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) on the lessons for politicians and public service commissioners following the collapse of Carillion.

Right culture is key to good social work

By Yvette Stanley |

26 June 2018

The media spotlight often turns to social care, and the last few weeks are no exception.

Time to rethink funding of children's services

By Derren Hayes |

26 June 2018

Time to debate new generational contract

By Howard Williamson |

26 June 2018

We need a broad definition of children in need

By Anna Feuchtwang |

29 May 2018

When the government announced its review of children in need, a legal definition of children supported by social care who have safeguarding and welfare needs, we hoped it would have a wide remit and seek to understand how well these children's needs are being met.

More services could be commissioned regionally

By Paul Ennals |

29 May 2018

Who wants to talk about public sector restructuring? What, nobody?

Grenfell must bequeath legacy of collaboration

By Derren Hayes |

29 May 2018

Looking for silver linings to come out of a disaster such as Grenfell Tower would be churlish. However, the way community groups and charities have responded to the tragedy, which claimed 71 lives, 19 of them children, on 14 June last year, is an example of what can be achieved when organisations work in collaboration.

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.