Childrens services

  • Birmingham faces intervention on SEND

    27 July 2021

    Birmingham City Council faces a further intervention after a damning Ofsted report revealed it was not making progress.

  • Catching up with lost learning

    21 July 2021

    There is no national strategy to help children recover lost learning and promote emotional health and wellbeing, writes Charlotte Ramsden from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

  • How digital disruption can deliver better futures

    21 July 2021

    Disrupting youth crime and exploitation through technology provides a chance to find and support the vulnerable and achieve radical change, say Dr Carol Homden, Amanda Kelly and Tim Aldridge.

  • Capturing the Beveridge spirit

    21 July 2021

    Children’s Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza, has big plans to tackle the deep-rooted problems holding back our children – and she wants to work with local authorities to make them happen.

  • Supporting UASC: Relationships really matter

    19 July 2021

    In Norfolk, building a large dedicated team has been crucial in supporting and managing a substantial cohort of unaccompanied asylum seeing children, says Kate Dexter.

  • Probing the case for change

    19 July 2021

    The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care must name the causes of today’s child welfare inequalities if it is to hit the mark or it will risk repeating history rather than changing it, argues Kathy Evans.

  • Children's minister praises 'moral leadership' of Norfolk CC on asylum seeking children

    08 July 2021

    Children’s minister Vicky Ford has praised the ‘moral leadership’ of Norfolk CC in taking on significant numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).

  • Care review must be part of a long-term plan for children - ADCS

    08 July 2021

    The independent review of children's social care ‘must go further and be part of a coherent and strategic long-term plan for children,’ according to the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).

  • Slough’s services put children first

    07 July 2021

    In April, Slough’s independent children’s services trust became wholly owned by the council. Josie Wragg and Tony Hunter talk to Ann McGauran about their rapport and shared vision despite the local authority’s hugely challenging financial position.

  • Ofsted - Newham's quality of social work practice is improving

    01 July 2021

    The quality of social work practice in Newham is improving, but the pace of change has been affected by the pandemic, according to Ofsted inspectors.

  • We must stop the Treasury tail wagging the Government dog

    23 June 2021

    Graeme McDonald senses 'much of Whitehall has a greater understanding of our challenges than for many years, but is handcuffed by the inflexible, rigid approach imposed by a shortsighted Exchequer'.

  • Somerset CC to open up to 10 new children's homes

    22 June 2021

    Somerset CC is to open up to 10 new children’s homes by 2026, admitting it is too reliant on larger for-profit providers in children’s social care.

  • Tackling the social care talent deficit

    16 June 2021

    The development of the future leaders within councils, be that in children’s services or elsewhere, must start now, says Philip Emms.

  • Keeping children in sight

    16 June 2021

    Last week allegations of ill-treatment at a children’s home in Cardiff were in the spotlight. Dan Peters talks to sector experts about whether the system of inspection is failing.

  • Kent threatens Patel with legal action over asylum children

    07 June 2021

    Kent CC is threatening to launch legal action against the home secretary as it struggles with rising numbers of unaccompanied child migrants.

  • We must give better support to COVID's young carers

    12 May 2021

    The pandemic has led to more children and young people taking on new caring roles, and they need to be identified and offered assessment for support. Charlotte Ramsden explains.

  • Innovating for a fairer start

    12 May 2021

    Early years and education is one of Nesta’s three focus areas for the next decade. Tom Symons outlines how they are partnering with three councils for trial discovery projects to improve school readiness levels.

  • Can the CMA make us see our market folly?

    12 May 2021

    Kathy Evans outlines why the CMA’s investigation into the private provision of placements for looked-after children may ‘bring decisive insight to our care market folly’.

  • Somerset MP urges county to up SEN spend

    08 April 2021

    A Somerset MP has urged the county council to find £2.4m from existing coffers to settle a two-year dispute over SEN funding.

  • Seize the reins

    30 March 2021

    The County Councils Network's new business plan for recovery and renewal puts forward evidence-based practical proposals to influence the Government's key agendas across six clear priorities, says Simon Edwards.