Childrens services

  • Reaping the benefits of a whole-service approach

    16 October 2019

    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

    15 October 2019

    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

    09 October 2019

    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

    08 October 2019

    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).

  • Louise Goldsmith quits as leader of West Sussex

    04 October 2019

    She said her nine-year term in office had been ‘a huge honour, privilege, responsibility and commitment’.

  • Nine in 10 complaints about SEND provision upheld by Ombudsman

    03 October 2019

    The Ombudsman is receiving more complaints about education, health and care plans (EHCP) than ever before – and the vast majority are being upheld.

  • West Sussex interims leave in wake of chief suspension

    03 October 2019

    Two interim director have left West Sussex CC in the wake of chief executive Nathan Elvery’s suspension, The MJ has learnt.

  • The war against County Lines

    01 October 2019

    Paul Marinko looks at how local authorities are tackling the scourge of County Lines – and finds that the dexterity of gangs in adapting to agencies’ responses makes a ‘monumental task’ even harder.

  • Croydon facing £9m asylum funding shortfall

    01 October 2019

    Croydon LBC is heading for another financial hit this year as a result of a funding shortfall to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC).

  • West Sussex chief suspended

    27 September 2019

    West Sussex CC chief executive Nathan Elvery has been suspended, following a problems at the council’s children’s services department.

  • Northants commissioner quits

    26 September 2019

    The commissioner appointed to oversee children’s services at Northamptonshire CC has resigned.

  • Radical change call amid lack of vision

    10 September 2019

    The think-tank NLGN has called for a radical change in approach to children’s services to end ‘decades of weak national vision’.

  • Putting young people at the centre of today’s and tomorrow’s care

    10 September 2019

    Richard Betts discusses how local authorities are transforming data and information flow through interoperability to deliver more joined-up care for children and families

  • Brexit guidance 'inadequate'

    03 September 2019

    Guidance provided by the Government in relation to the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on children’s services and education is ‘inadequate,’ a think-tank has claimed.

  • Children are this country’s future

    29 August 2019

    Ahead of the spending round, Rachel Dickinson is urging the Treasury to think of investment in children and their families not as a burden but as potentially life changing.

  • £800m overspend on children's social care

    27 August 2019

    Severe funding shortages and huge demand pressures mean councils were forced to overspend on their children’s social care budgets by nearly £800m last year.

  • Promising findings from social work pilots

    19 August 2019

    Devolving budgets to frontline workers to directly support families could reduce the likelihood of children going into care, pilots have found.

  • 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

  • Prevention is the key to ensuring our children’s future

    06 August 2019

    Rachel Dickinson encourages Boris Johnson to ensure children are central to the policy decisions of his new regime.

  • Rising care staff numbers fail to keep pace with demand

    06 August 2019

    Adult social care has the second largest percentage of job vacancies across the public sector after the NHS, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).