• A transformative approach to fostering

    20 May 2024

    To coincide with Foster Care Fortnight Hillingdon LBC has launched an unrivalled payment and benefits package for foster carers, says Julie Kelly.

  • Social work development programme 'pulled' by Department for Education

    16 April 2024

    A Government decision to end a training and development programme for social work managers has been branded a ‘kick in the teeth’ for the sector.

  • Valuing Care – supporting children to achieve their full potential

    29 March 2023

    Executive Director of Children’s Services at Norfolk County Council Sara Tough discusses a partnership between Norfolk CC and IMPOWER with children and young people at its heart.

  • Councils urged to check information sharing agreements

    26 January 2023

    Councils are being urged to check they have adequate information sharing agreements with their providers after one council struggled to access essential data.

  • Grabbing the baton for children

    02 November 2022

    Josh MacAlister says he is still expecting the Government to respond to his independent report on children’s social care by the end of the year.

  • Fear and intimidation in a local authority

    13 September 2022

    The relationship between officers and members is one of trust and confidence, but it can break down in many ways, says Blair Mcpherson.

  • Forced co-operation?

    29 August 2022

    Kathy Evans questions the merit of proposals to create regional care cooperatives in the wake of the care review and the Competition and Markets Authority’s study of the marketplace for children’s care provision.

  • Fixing a very broken market

    17 August 2022

    Laura Power-Wharton looks at the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care recommendations to create Regional Care Cooperatives and argues that we must think differently as well as build on existing successes.

  • Fostering a foundation for the future

    10 May 2022

    As Foster Care Fortnight begins, Miranda Gittos explains how Hertfordshire CC’s pioneering and successful Mockingbird Programme is providing a life-changing support system.

  • Putting purpose before profit for our children

    20 April 2022

    Dominic Campbell says it’s time to build ventures that can put purpose ahead of profiteering – and fostering is just one of the areas being tackled by a new not-for-profit co-conceived with local authority partners.

  • Putting young people on the right path

    30 March 2022

    How can councils help divert teenagers away from crime and exploitation? Anne Longfield CBE looks at a once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle this problem and help vulnerable children.

  • Family matters

    15 March 2022

    With the findings of the independent review of children’s social care expected soon, Ann McGauran looks at what sector experts want to emerge from this once in a generation chance for transformation.

  • Digital help at hand for adopters in Bucks

    15 March 2022

    Buckinghamshire Council has developed a simple, innovative and interactive digital tool to help would-be adopters. Cllr Anita Cranmer explains the aims of the Adoption Readiness Checker.

  • Tens of thousands fewer children could avoid going into council care

    09 March 2022

    Tens of thousands of young people could avoid going into council care if services are reshaped under a new ‘optimised delivery model’ based on a family-focused way of delivering support, says a report.

  • Hammersmith & Fulham’s ‘exemplary’ work supporting refugees

    07 March 2022

    Lord Alf Dubs says the job of welcoming refugees ‘is much greater than just a roof over their heads’ and he reflects on the support given by Hammersmith & Fulham LBC to those traumatised by war.

  • 'Crumbling' fostering system failing vulnerable children

    06 December 2021

    Urgent action is needed to fix the 'crumbling and failing' fostering system, a charity has warned.

  • Call for national service for children in care

    22 September 2021

    Responsibilities for children in care should be removed from local authorities, a charity has said.

  • Everybody has failed

    02 August 2021

    Children were ‘pawns in a toxic power game’, according to the report of the Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) in Lambeth. Ann McGauran asks if the council has learned all the lessons from its horrific past.

  • 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.

  • A change of direction

    08 June 2021

    Léonie Cowen says there is a better model for the procurement of placements for looked after children, and she outlines how to achieve this using a collaborative Department for Education-funded approach she believes is unique.