• To dismiss or not?

    20 October 2021

    Louise Carr examines the fairness of dismissing employees facing criminal, safeguarding and other investigations, and says there is no easy approach other than looking carefully at the facts.

  • Overprotected? – powers of attorney and deputyship

    29 September 2021

    Britney Spears’ conservatorship has thrown the spotlight on the powers of the court to impose restrictions on vulnerable people. Saara Idelbi argues that councils are likely to have the best view of the safeguarding actions needed.

  • Keeping the safety net

    06 September 2021

    Local authority leadership is invaluable to Transitional Safeguarding and councils are ideally placed to enable complexity-attuned commissioning, says Dez Holmes.

  • School transport contractor axed over safeguarding concerns

    18 August 2021

    Birmingham City Council said the contract had been terminated following a breach of terms.

  • Review finds safeguarding 'gaps' at Wirral

    04 August 2021

    A serious case review identified ‘gaps’ in Wirral MBC’s protection of children in foster care.

  • The Lambeth report is a warning to us all

    04 August 2021

    The historic abuse of looked-after children in Lambeth LBC is about the worst example of what happens when a toxic political culture poisons the entire authority, says Michael Burton.

  • We’re in this for the long haul

    02 August 2021

    Six years on from the Jay report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, council leader Cllr Chris Read says Government must support local authorities in the fight against abuse. But his organisation is ‘not waiting for national improvements’.

  • 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.

  • The value of licensing tools for councils

    27 July 2021

    Nicola Ray offers advice to councils on the best way of collaborating with an external tech supplier to improve digital systems’ standards and safety as they move from legacy to cloud.

  • Children abused for decades under care of Lambeth LBC, inquiry finds

    27 July 2021

    Hundreds of children were subjected to decades of cruelty and sexual abuse while in the care of Lambeth LBC, a damning inquiry has found.

  • Councillors to bring supported housing closer to home

    28 June 2021

    Senior Haringey LBC councillors have moved to develop supported housing for young people with complex learning disabilities and autism within their own borough.

  • Call for 'radical system change' after children's home claims

    09 June 2021

    A charity chief has called for ‘radical system change’ after whistleblowers claimed youngsters with autism were ‘abused’ and mistreated at a Cardiff children’s home.

  • Call to tackle children's services 'postcode lottery'

    27 May 2021

    National standards are needed to tackle variation in the quality of children’s services, the House of Lords' Public Services Committee has heard.

  • Support when and where it’s needed

    17 March 2021

    An animation about a young woman on the edge of care gives staff and families an easy explanation of how the No Wrong Door approach works, says Sally Britton.

  • Domestic abuse victim funding fails to meet demands

    16 November 2020

    New funding to support victims of domestic abuse does not go far enough, campaigners have argued.

  • Advocacy services remain crucial despite COVID pressures

    21 October 2020

    Councils must ensure social care providers understand that the legal obligations to refer to advocacy services remain fully in place during COVID, says Jonathan Senker.

  • A very blunt instrument

    06 October 2020

    Carolyne Willow says it is to this Government’s shame that it found time to carry out a ‘massive deregulation project during COVID-19, yet failed to introduce any legal protections for over 6,000 looked-after children in unregulated accommodation’.

  • Rising to the back-to-school challenge

    14 September 2020

    Newham is anticipating an increase in demand for services as schools return, says Tim Aldridge, and COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on existing inequalities.

  • Responding to the rise in parental conflict during lockdown

    08 September 2020

    Despite a divergence in referral rates during COVID, research has found that councils are responding dynamically to deliver services, says Virginia Ghiara of the Early Intervention Foundation.

  • We must find a way to invest in our future

    19 August 2020

    The ‘hidden harms’ to children over the past six months will be uncovered when schools fully open in September. We need an urgent and transparent discussion about funding, says Jenny Coles.