• Delivering a recovery that works for children

    05 August 2020

    The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children hosted a virtual event looking at the action needed to support children, young people and families to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Ann McGauran reports

  • Build a country that works for all children - ADCS

    14 July 2020

    Children and young people’s experience of COVID-19 should be front and centre of national recovery planning, says a new paper from the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS).

  • ADCS president calls for welfare overhaul

    08 July 2020

    The impact of the pandemic on children’s futures must not be underestimated, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said.

  • Call for exercise boom to continue

    08 July 2020

    Paralympian champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a rallying call for the exercise boom to continue after lockdown.

  • The right time for some strategic thinking

    17 June 2020

    The pandemic has presented an opportunity for the sector to re-think its recruitment strategies, particularly in the search for experienced social workers. Maggie Hennessy and Sonia Tanda explain.

  • Ofsted 'mindful' of councils' coronavirus pressures

    03 June 2020

    The watchdog has promised to be ‘extremely mindful’ of pressures faced by local authorities as it looks at resuming operations post-lockdown.

  • Mockingbird: Supporting foster families

    02 June 2020

    A Flintshire CC support system for foster families was awarded innovation funding last week. Angharad Dalton of Nesta looks at what it offers.

  • Time for some creative thinking on safeguarding

    02 June 2020

    With many key partners having closed their doors, local authorities need to think differently about safeguarding children to make sure they don’t fall through the net, warns Anne Longfield.

  • Tower Hamlets hires new director

    07 April 2020

    Tower Hamlets Council has appointed James Thomas as its new corporate director for children and culture.

  • Local agencies 'woefully ill-equipped' to stop child abuse

    04 February 2020

    Children are being left at risk because local agencies – including social care – are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse in families, four inspectorates have warned.

  • Bristol accused of 'abject failure' over SEND care plans

    26 November 2019

    An overhaul of services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is under way at Bristol City Council, after it failed to meet deadlines for families applying for support.

  • Spielman in fresh illegal schools warning

    22 October 2019

    Ofsted’s chief inspector has made a fresh call for the Department for Education (DfE) to crack down on unregistered or illegal schools.

  • COSLA conference: Ex-PM Brown says Scottish Government must do more on child poverty

    10 October 2019

    Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has launched a scathing attack on the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the ‘nationwide epidemic’ of child poverty.

  • Star pupils

    14 August 2019

    The lyrics to Swinging on a Star were reportedly penned after crooner Bing Crosby made a quip to one of his children.

  • Working with you, for you

    06 August 2019

    By engaging with and seeking the guidance of its young people, Blackpool Council has been able to secure both funds and a new co-production ethic to improve the lives of its residents. Diane Booth explains

  • Working with you, for you

    06 August 2019

    Diane Booth explains that by engaging with and seeking the guidance of its young people, Blackpool Council has been able to secure both funds and a new co-production ethic to improve the lives of its residents.

  • Improvements for Worcestershire children's services

    29 July 2019

    Worcestershire CC’s children’s services have improved since they were rated inadequate three years ago, with families better cared for now, Ofsted has said.

  • Court ruling defends council but warns others

    10 June 2019

    A crucial Supreme Court judgment has dismissed a family’s claim against a council for housing them next to an abusive household, but stressed authorities may still have a duty of care in other circumstances.

  • Spending Review should put aside £3bn for children's services - MPs

    30 April 2019

    The Government needs to release at least £3bn of non-ring-fenced funding to local authorities to save children’s services from the ‘crisis’ they are in, MPs have said.

  • A system ‘that’s failing children and young people’

    02 April 2019

    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.