London borough rejects insourcing children’s services
Kingston LBC had considered returning services from a wholly-owned company when their contract ends in 2021.
The importance of an early start
With concerns of underfunding remaining in the childcare sector, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president Rachel Dickinson outlines what she would like to see from future early years policies.
Let's ensure the sector gets heard above the post-election hubbub
To get its voice heard by an incoming government, the sector should unite around the main themes - including funding, national policies for both adults and children's services, place-making, infrastructure and more, says Anthony May.
Level of private equity profits 'turns my stomach' says children's chief
The level of profits made by private equity companies from the care of vulnerable children 'turns my stomach', the president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has said.
Government departments: ‘adopt a national health and wellbeing board approach’
Poverty and inequality should be understood and tackled as a public health issue, says a new paper from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. Ann McGauran reports
‘We need to myth-bust here’
As the sector heads to Bournemouth for the National Children and Adult Services (NCAS) conference this week, Ann McGauran talks to Rachel Dickinson about how the country’s young are faring 30 years after the seminal 1989 Children Act.
Lessons learned from two years of the State of Transformation
Benjamin Taylor reviews the landscape of local government transformation over two years of case studies, conferences and academies. The picture that emerges is both a depressing and inspiring one.
A triple-track approach to tackling knife crime
Rebecca Bryant says that effectively tackling the scourge of knife crime calls for a multi-agency approach including early intervention, with local authorities and children and young people’s services having a vital role to play
One door to a brighter future
North Yorkshire is working with other councils to share its No Wrong Door model to address young people’s needs. Stuart Carlton explains the approach, and says that developing NWD in a new place is not a simple process of ‘lift and shift’
We will all pay the price for not spending on care
Heather Jameson says the Government is tinkering on the edges of the welfare reforms in an effort to ease the pressure, but it is not enough. The cost of care is phenomenal – both in terms of the cash and the long-term damage.
St Helens still failing on children's services, says Ofsted
Cultural barriers and significant change at the corporate level have slowed the response of St Helens MBC to serious failures in its children’s services, according to a follow-up Ofsted report published this week.
Poverty driving up children's care costs
Councils have seen an 85% increase in child protection plans over the decade, with poverty and poor housing among the key factor behind the rise.
More victims of gangs, trafficking and asylum seekers reported
There has been a dramatic increase in the number of children who are unaccompanied asylum seekers or affected by gangs or trafficking, according to new Government figures.
Stoke-on-Trent given three months to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services
Education secretary Gavin Williamson has given Stoke-on-Trent City Council three months to establish a partnership with another council to deliver children’s social care.
Shaping a 21st century Jersey
Charlie Parker arrived in the top job at the States of Jersey determined to bring in a programme of change. Heather Jameson talks to him about the scale of the task he faced and what he’s achieving.
Ofsted continues to raise concerns over Torbay's children's services
Torbay Council has been criticised for being ‘too slow’ in turning around its inadequate children’s services.
Reaping the benefits of a whole-service approach
Leigh Zywek describes how a programme of long-term support for a young mother is making a vital difference.
All-round safety for our children
Dez Holmes explains the role of the recently-launched programme to support children’s services to tackle child exploitation in all its forms.
Providing purpose and hope
On the eve of the Solace Summit, Mark Rogers sets out how the Care Leaver Covenant is working with local authorities to help young people live independently, while also providing a ‘universal family’.
High Court rejects call for judicial review on SEND spending
The High Court has dismissed a legal challenge from families seeking a judicial review to the Government’s funding of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).