• Social work development programme 'pulled' by Department for Education

    16 April 2024

    A Government decision to end a training and development programme for social work managers has been branded a ‘kick in the teeth’ for the sector.

  • Regional working is here to stay

    11 December 2023

    John Copps says regional working in children’s services can no longer be something that can be seen as a side show and local authorities need to engage now or risk getting left behind.

  • Stepping up post-adoption support

    26 August 2023

    Properly resourced and funded therapeutic services post-adoption need to be the norm and not simply the aspiration, says Baljinder Bath.

  • Fixing a very broken market

    17 August 2022

    Laura Power-Wharton looks at the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care recommendations to create Regional Care Cooperatives and argues that we must think differently as well as build on existing successes.

  • Digital help at hand for adopters in Bucks

    15 March 2022

    Buckinghamshire Council has developed a simple, innovative and interactive digital tool to help would-be adopters. Cllr Anita Cranmer explains the aims of the Adoption Readiness Checker.

  • Keeping Calderdale’s children closer to home

    02 March 2021

    Calderdale is committed to developing more local and personalised provision for children and young people in care, says Julie Jenkins. She explains how their needs are being prioritised.

  • Doncaster brought in to review Herefordshire children's services

    21 January 2019

    Doncaster MBC will review Herefordshire Council’s children’s services following heavy criticism from a High Court judge.