Childrens services

  • Youth service progress at risk of being undone

    15 October 2018

    Cuts to the youth services grant risk undoing the success of council teams, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

  • The car’s the star

    10 October 2018

    Buckinghamshire CC’s children’s services lead, Cllr Warren Whyte, might need a quick getaway.

  • 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

  • The worst is yet to come

    03 October 2018

    There’s still no pledge from Government to put more cash into services for children and families. This cannot be allowed to be the norm, writes Stuart Gallimore

  • 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

  • Councils 'failing disabled parents'

    21 September 2018

    Social care authorities are failing disabled parents by viewing their impairment as a risk to children, an academic report has warned.

  • Powys faces 'long improvement journey'

    18 September 2018

    Powys CC has ‘much more to do’ to improve its children’s services, senior councillors have been told.

  • Welsh councils call for ring-fenced preventative funding

    18 September 2018

    A new preventative fund should be created in Wales to help ease the strain on children’s services, councils have said.

  • Social work is a special case

    14 September 2018

    If the rubbish bins aren’t collected and pot holes aren’t filled, the public protests will be long and loud, but no protestors would say these should come at the expense of safeguarding children, writes Blair McPherson.

  • More for less? Residents will be getting less for more

    10 September 2018

    There are no more easy pickings when it comes to cuts and now the cracks in austerity plans are taking their toll, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Councils reveal emergency savings plans

    04 September 2018

    Two more councils have announced emergency savings plans as counties struggle to balance their books.

  • Councils overspend £800m on children's services

    23 August 2018

    Councils in England overspent £816m on children’s services in 2017/18, according to official figures.

  • Council has taken 'too long' to improve

    23 August 2018

    Reading Council has improved services for young people leaving care since an inadequate Ofsted inspection two years ago.

  • Merger set to create second biggest care provider

    17 August 2018

    A care firm would become the second largest provider in the country if it succeeds in taking over a rival.

  • Getting a grip on children’s services costs

    15 August 2018

    Although the focus of social services budgets is on adult care costs, it is children’s services that are rapidly becoming an even greater challenge for hard-pressed education authorities, especially when it comes to the bill for looked-after children. The MJ and Prospects recently hosted a round table debate with chief executives to discuss solutions, as Dan Peters reports.

  • Qualified opinion for Lancashire accounts

    09 August 2018

    Lancashire CC’s auditors have issued a qualified opinion on the county’s value for money work amid lingering concerns over children’s services and internal controls.

  • Children's services: the lives behind the numbers

    08 August 2018

    Behind talk of crisis and budget pressures are children, families and our workforce. It is time to speak loud about it, says Robin Tuddenham.

  • 30 hours make the difference

    08 August 2018

    Staffordshire CC is one of eight authorities piloting the Department for Education’s 30 hours scheme from September 2016. The scheme is proving successful in helping get back into work or take on more hours, writes Mark Sutton.

  • Fostering opinion

    08 August 2018

    Rachel Dickinson reacts to recent Government activity reviewing fostering activity across the country and says there is more to be done if local authorities are going to break the systemic issues plaguing the care sector.

  • Children's services progress 'satisfactory' at Worcestershire

    03 August 2018

    ‘Satisfactory progress’ is being made by Worcestershire children’s services, but ‘much work remains to be done,’ according to Ofsted.