The secret of success
Dave Hill outlines Surrey CC’s transformation plans, including a restructure of 2,500 staff from April and a new model based on relationship-based practice and family resilience.
Taking stock of fostering
Amid news of a national fostering stocktake, Dave Hill explains there are a host of challenges to placement that need to be examined.
Responding to the needs of child asylum seekers
Local authorities are working hard to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children but swift action from government is needed to tackle unsustainable pressures, says Dave Hill
Joining forces to tackle sexual exploitation
Child sexual exploitation cannot be tackled by local government alone and councils are undertaking innovative partnership work to address this serious problem. But Government plans could detract focus from the issue, writes Dave Hill
Determined to improve life chances
Dave Hill reflects on the ADCS annual conference and discusses how best to support the country's social work system, the serious issues facing foster care and the impressive determination shown by the sector
Bad marks for ministers
Dave Hill explains his concerns about the impact academisation could have on child safeguarding
A safe way forward
As he takes on the role of president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Dave Hill addresses the serious challenges facing councils and why sector- led improvement might just represent a way out