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Insights • children's services

Variation in children’s social care: let’s learn from the best councils

Our response to the NAO's report exploring pressures on children’s social care

January 23, 2019

Central government failure for SEND

Nobody would argue against the additional £250 million granted to councils this week to relieve budget pressures in High Needs funding….

December 19, 2018

NCASC by numbers: cause for optimism

Highlights of the National Children’s and Adults Services Conference 2018

November 16, 2018

Early help services work – councils and local partners must fight for their future

In response to continued financial pressures, a growing number of councils are being forced to reduce investment in early help…

November 14, 2018

More money for SEND isn’t the only answer

Cultural issues across the SEND system, and a lack of focus on early intervention are also fundamental problems

November 12, 2018

Budget 2018: the two game-changers for social care

While the amount of new funding is disappointing, there are two aspects of its delivery that are significant

October 30, 2018

Needs and strengths, not risks and problems – improving life chances for children in care

The sector needs to capture and respond to the specific needs and strengths of children in order to improve outcomes

October 19, 2018

What was missing from the LGA’s ‘Making Sense’ report on children’s services

The Local Government Association (LGA) recently published a research report on children’s services. While the report – ‘Making Sense: Understanding…

June 27, 2018

Demystifying the right level of funding for vulnerable children

Another day, another news story depicting the breadth and depth of the challenge facing children’s services departments across the country. …

June 14, 2018

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