• Nine out of ten councils blow the budget on children's care

    09 January 2019

    Nearly ninety percent of councils overspent on children’s social care last year, according to figures released by the Local Government Association.

  • Ofsted boost for Calderdale children

    19 December 2018

    Calderdale Council’s children’s services has been rated as good with outstanding features in its latest Ofsted inspection.

  • Pressure piled on children's secretary over funding

    15 November 2018

    Councils have increased pressure on children and families secretary Nadhim Zahawi to secure more funding from the Government’s spending review.

  • The trouble with troubled families

    13 November 2018

    In the melee of the adult social care cash crisis, rising children’s services pressures and pothole funding chasms, Troubled Families budgets have been low down the list of priorities, writes Heather Jameson

  • The risk from cuts

    13 November 2018

    Children’s social care has become more efficient since 2010, but Graham Atkins argues this will be difficult to push further and cuts to wider services risk increasing demand

  • Ofsted success driven by a team approach

    13 November 2018

    A cross-directorate approach to supporting children’s services has been crucial to North Yorkshire CC achieving an outstanding rating by Ofsted across all the outcome judgements, says Stuart Carlton

  • Kid’s care on a cliff edge

    13 November 2018

    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

  • More than 1,000 children referred to social services every day

    09 November 2018

    Nearly 400,000 children in England were referred and assessed as in need of social services support in 2017/18, according to the latest figures.

  • Outcome-focused alliances should be the only show in town

    06 November 2018

    Steve Kay says the challenges we face are never simply down to money alone - and in North East Lincolnshire Council 'where we are successful it is because we have put outcomes for children and families at the very heart of what we are doing'.

  • Councils await outcomes of SEND judicial reviews

    05 November 2018

    Councils are awaiting the outcomes of judicial reviews into plans to reduce spending on children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Children's services under pressure at embattled council

    11 October 2018

    Powys CC’s children’s services remain ‘under considerable pressure’ as the council attempts to improve from a damning inspection verdict.

  • Britain’s betrayal of childhood

    03 October 2018

    Is childhood across Britain in crisis? The answer in a new book by Sir Al Aynsley-Green is ‘yes’ .The former children's commissioner for England says it's time politicians and the public woke up to reality

  • Adopting strengths-based approaches

    03 October 2018

    To deliver improved children’s social care, we need to focus on people’s strengths, and not just their difficulties, says Ewan King

  • Unions in Brexit funding plea

    11 September 2018

    Councils should not bear the financial burden of registering 120,000 children who qualify for UK citizenship after Brexit, Britain’s trade union movement has warned.

  • Brum vows to improve SEND after critical report

    11 September 2018

    Birmingham City Council has vowed to take urgent action to make ‘significant improvements’ after a special educational needs and disabilities inspection (SEND).

  • 'Radical approach' to improve Surrey's children's services

    05 September 2018

    Surrey CC will take a ‘radical approach’ to improving its inadequate children’s services in a bid to avoid a Department for Education (DfE) takeover, councillors will be told.

  • Bristol SEND ruling 'could have wider implications'

    06 August 2018

    A court ruling that ordered a council to reverse cuts to provisions for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) could have wider repercussions, the Local Government Association has warned.

  • Children's services risk management strategy is a leap of faith

    30 July 2018

    Blair McPherson believes some councils are adopting a dangerous risk management strategy when it comes to children's services.

  • Powys CC chief executive to leave

    13 July 2018

    Powys CC chief executive Jeremy Patterson is to leave the authority after almost 10 years in the role, the council has announced.

  • Understanding children’s social care

    04 July 2018

    The post of director of children’s services is arguably the most highly-scrutinised in local government and is invariably among the most challenging to recruit to, says Tim Hills and Philip Emms.