Committing to youth wellbeing
Councils are being ‘forced to divert the limited funding they have left away from preventative work. But with levels of knife crime rising, will the Government put more money into targeted youth services responses? Ann McGauran reports
Directors' commitment after culture shift call
Children’s services directors have insisted they are ‘committed’ to protecting face-to-face work after social workers suggested too much time was being spent doing paperwork.
A system ‘that’s failing children and young people’
What lies behind the upward trend in the number of youngsters being moved to live a long way from home, and what can be done to keep more of them in their own communities? Ann McGauran reports.
Sector unites in call for Troubled Families funding
The local government sector has urged the Treasury to continue funding the Troubled Families programme following a glowing report on its impact.
It’s time to act on child poverty
We are one of the richest countries in the world, yet poverty levels are rising. Councils must act now, says Stuart Gallimore - or we will look back in shame.
Charities find children's 'cuts hotspots'
Per capita funding for children’s services has fallen by more than 30% since 2010, with London boroughs suffering the most savage cuts, children’s charities have warned.
Chiefs defend councils' role in SEND provision
Chief executives have defended councils’ roles in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision.
Auditors bid to explain real cause of difference in councils' spend on kids
A nine-fold variation in spending on children’s social care could largely be down to ‘differences in characteristics’ between councils, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) study.
Warnings of 'bun fights' and help offered to Hancock at conference
Funding woes dominated the opening speeches of the National Children and Adults Services conference in Manchester.
Troubled Families funding could be extended beyond 2020
Funding for the Troubled Families programme could continue beyond 2020 after it was found three-quarters of councils are poised to make early intervention cuts.
Kid’s care on a cliff edge
Following a report by ADCS that initial contacts made to children’s social care have increased by 78% over 10 years, Martin Ford finds out how council specialists are addressing the pressures to keep delivering as budgets dwindle
Three quarters of English councils to cut early help for children
Early help services for children will be cut or reduced by almost three quarters of English councils when Troubled Families funding ends in 2020.
SENDing a message to government
With two councils awaiting the outcomes of judicial reviews into their plans to cut back spending on SEND services and a possible legal challenge for central government, Ann McGauran asks if more cash will be found to deal with 'a sense of crisis'
Rachel Dickinson reacts to recent Government activity reviewing fostering activity across the country and says there is more to be done if local authorities are going to break the systemic issues plaguing the care sector.
Funding call to end 'postcode lottery'
MPs today called for more funds to help end a so-called postcode lottery for children’s services.
Ofsted to evaluate inspection framework, ADCS conference told
The way children’s services are inspected is itself to come under scrutiny, senior officers have heard.
Education secretary appears at ADCS conference for first time in a decade
Provision for care leavers and children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) dominated a speech by education secretary Damian Hinds.
Getting children back into mainstream education
Little is known about just how many children are missing from mainstream education. Debbie Barnes argues for stronger legislation and national guidance to help local authorities identify and support these children.
EXCLUSIVE: Funding red flags raised
One in 10 council bosses fear their local authority will not have enough funding to fulfil their statutory duties in 2018/19, an exclusive survey has found today.
Social care directors in honours list
Social services directors featured prominently in the New Year’s Honours List.