• Putting it right

    05 October 2021

    What does the future hold for children’s social care and what are the priorities for reform? Ann McGauran reports from a Westminster Education Forum conference.

  • Families under pressure

    27 September 2021

    As energy and food costs soar and pandemic financial support comes to an end, Chris Mahony asks what impact the pressures on low income families will have on stretched local authorities.

  • Back to school?

    14 September 2021

    Since schools returned to full capacity there has been focus on attendance, mental health and emotional wellbeing. But, argues Charlotte Ramsden, post-pandemic, the main concern must also be education recovery for all our children.

  • Unravelling the knot of education, health and care plans

    26 July 2021

    Leo Jones lays out the deeper challenges that need to be recognised and addressed if the SEND review is going to tackle the complex problems behind rising numbers of education, health and care plans.

  • Catching up with lost learning

    21 July 2021

    There is no national strategy to help children recover lost learning and promote emotional health and wellbeing, writes Charlotte Ramsden from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

  • Getting back in the groove

    13 July 2021

    As the country prepares to open up to gatherings again, Heather Jameson rounds up last week’s major annual virtual conferences – and finds an air of optimism within the sector despite the challenges ahead.

  • Ofsted chief rubbishes ‘inspection tsunami’ claim

    09 July 2021

    Amanda Spielman has sought to ease concerns about a deluge of inspections as the watchdog resumes normal activity in September.

  • Having children's services leads at ICS partnership talks is 'critical'

    09 July 2021

    It is ‘absolutely critically important’ that children’s services are at the table in discussions about partnership working within integrated care systems (ICS), says an NHS policy expert.

  • Children's services funding row

    08 July 2021

    An investigation into children’s social care has been urged to look at funding by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

  • Children's minister praises 'moral leadership' of Norfolk CC on asylum seeking children

    08 July 2021

    Children’s minister Vicky Ford has praised the ‘moral leadership’ of Norfolk CC in taking on significant numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).

  • Care review must be part of a long-term plan for children - ADCS

    08 July 2021

    The independent review of children's social care ‘must go further and be part of a coherent and strategic long-term plan for children,’ according to the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

  • A step in the right direction

    22 June 2021

    In the wake of Kent CC’s move to encourage a fairer share of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children among other councils, Ann McGauran talks to key figures about what needs to be done and whether the voluntary national transfer scheme can help in its new form.

  • Tackling the social care talent deficit

    16 June 2021

    The development of the future leaders within councils, be that in children’s services or elsewhere, must start now, says Philip Emms.

  • We must give better support to COVID's young carers

    12 May 2021

    The pandemic has led to more children and young people taking on new caring roles, and they need to be identified and offered assessment for support. Charlotte Ramsden explains.

  • EXCLUSIVE: High needs spending could 'bankrupt councils'

    11 May 2021

    A senior finance director has warned that spending on high needs threatens to ‘bankrupt councils’ as local authorities queue up for a bail out.

  • Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president

    22 April 2021

    The growing number of children and families who need support 'to thrive, not just survive in the wake of the pandemic' will need investment of around £12.5bn over three years, says England's new children’s services chief.

  • A sense of hope for the future

    20 April 2021

    The new president of the ADCS Charlotte Ramsden talks to Ann McGauran about her aim of making this the ‘year of resetting our ambition for children and young people in this country’.

  • Getting to the root of youth violence

    17 March 2021

    Jenny Coles urges all parts of the public sector, including Government, to work in a co-ordinated way with the voluntary sector for a holistic public health strategy to combat violence among our youth.

  • Children’s services face £824m budget gap

    24 February 2021

    The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said the amount was required just to enable their work to ‘stay still’ amid increasing demand.

  • Filling in the gaps

    26 January 2021

    The Government has launched an independent inquiry into children’s social care in England, amid calls for a cross-Government commission into the impact of COVID-19 on the young. What do sector experts hope could be achieved? Ann McGauran reports.