Opinion

Let practitioners solve today's challenges

By Andrew Webb |

26 February 2019

In 1939, George Orwell wrote: "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Orwell was reflecting on the nature of power at the end of a decade that had witnessed widespread human misery.

Good record keeping is vital social work skill

By Alison O'Sullivan |

26 February 2019

When my husband had a heart attack last summer, I found myself reflecting on the importance of written records.

Relationship training key to custody reform

By Derren Hayes |

26 February 2019

The chief inspector of prisons' most recent annual report paints a worrying picture of relationships between young people in custody and officers.

CAMHS needs waiting time target honoured

By Derren Hayes |

29 January 2019

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out ambitious pledges to improve children and young people's mental health services over the next decade.

Let's adapt our language to 'tell it like it is'

By Kathy Evans |

29 January 2019

At a recent United Nations meeting, 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg said: "We have to speak clearly no matter how uncomfortable it may be…You are not mature enough to tell it like it is - even that burden you leave to us children."

Time for an end to 'children at risk' headlines

By John Freeman |

29 January 2019

Have I Got News for You has a game based on guessing missing words in headlines. Perusing the papers recently, I noticed a headline: "X is putting children at risk, Xs say". Over the next few days, I read several other articles which this headline would have suited. Before I fill in the gaps, spend a few seconds thinking of a few words that might fit - it won't be hard.

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.