• Call for national service for children in care

    22 September 2021

    Responsibilities for children in care should be removed from local authorities, a charity has said.

  • Starfish Talent 20 – People

    19 September 2021

    In the second installment of the Starfish Talent 20, we put a spotlight on 20 leaders of the future, this time focusing on children’s and adult social care, education, communities and public health.

  • Three priorities for the new education secretary  

    17 September 2021

    Donna Molloy of the Early Intervention Foundation outlines three priorities for the new secretary of state for education Nadhim Zahawi and says there’s a ‘window of opportunity’ for positive change.

  • Put education at the heart of levelling up, say CPP and NRG

    16 September 2021

    Education should be at the heart of the levelling up agenda, according to the influential Northern Research Group (NRG) and think tank the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP).

  • HMJ: Disabled children’s conditions have worsened during COVID

    14 September 2021

    Many services for disabled children and their families have been ‘slow to return’ since lockdown restrictions were lifted, according to the results of a new report.

  • Making the leap

    14 September 2021

    Patrick Melia explains Sunderland City Council’s drive and determination in taking its children’s services from inadequate to outstanding.

  • Voyage for improvement

    14 September 2021

    Blackpool Council’s new model of practice is shifting service culture away from a focus on process to one that works with families to achieve optimum impact and outcomes for their children, writes Victoria Gent.

  • Helping care leavers thrive

    10 September 2021

    Jon Rouse highlights Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s progress in supporting care leavers. Getting things right ‘starts with the basics’, he says.

  • Avoiding another Lambeth

    31 August 2021

    Richard Scorer says the obvious question hanging over the report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse on the experiences of children in Lambeth’s care is are children safe in local authority care today?

  • Integrated early years services – the benefits are clear

    31 August 2021

    The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report on the long-term benefits of Sure Start offers a rare opportunity to build on a strong evidence base to design the new Family Hubs programme, say Sarah Cattan and Christine Farquharson.

  • Children outside cities being overlooked

    27 August 2021

    Young people in rural areas are at risk of being left behind, a new report has warned.

  • Third of most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund, research finds

    25 August 2021

    More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

  • Let’s bring a bold policy moment to life

    25 August 2021

    It’s time to seize the opportunity of the Spending Review to level up support for children and families, says chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation, Dr Jo Casebourne.

  • Calls for more funding as child abuse increases

    20 August 2021

    Incidents involving death or serious harm to a child have risen in the past year, leading to calls for further funding.

  • Campaigners head to court over care placements

    12 August 2021

    Five local authorities are facing legal action over out-of-area accommodation for children in care.

  • Peers call for joined up funding for children and families

    10 August 2021

    Peers have urged Cabinet ministers to produce a cross-Whitehall bid for funding for vulnerable children and their families in the next Spending Review.

  • Facing down a perfect storm of violence

    10 August 2021

    This summer will be one of the most challenging local councils have faced when it comes to bearing down on violent crime and its devastating consequences says Cllr Jas Athwal. He looks at how London boroughs are tackling the issue.

  • ‘Off-grid’ children at risk from county lines

    09 August 2021

    Former children’s commissioner Anne Longfield has warned exclusions are likely to rise next month when schools reopen, which could lead to more children being exploited by county lines gangs.

  • The Lambeth report is a warning to us all

    04 August 2021

    The historic abuse of looked-after children in Lambeth LBC is about the worst example of what happens when a toxic political culture poisons the entire authority, says Michael Burton.

  • We’re in this for the long haul

    02 August 2021

    Six years on from the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, council leader Cllr Chris Read says Government must support local authorities in the fight against abuse. But his organisation is ‘not waiting for national improvements’.