• What went wrong in Rotherham

    By Sam Clayden | September 12, 2017

    Sam Clayden analyses the findings of six independent investigations delving into alleged failures at Rotherham MBC at the height of the child sexual exploitation scandal.

  • A new hope for children’s services?

    By Dan Peters | September 13, 2017

    At a crucial and at times troubling period for children’s services, and with new Ofsted leadership in place, Dan Peters looks at the current state of play as councils continue to grapple with inspection, improvement and, in some cases, intervention.

  • Lamenting the loss of local news

    By Michael Burton and Sam Clayden | August 30, 2017

    Sam Clayden looks at last week’s London Assembly report on the decline of local media, and below Michael Burton speaks with Bob Kerslake about the effect it is having on scrutiny and local democracy.

  • A more volatile environment for senior managers

    By Sam Clayden | July 26, 2017

    Sam Clayden reports on the alarming rise in dismissals and suspensions of chief executives and the fallout it creates.


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