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Martin Narey among new recruits to advise children’s commissioner

Children’s commissioner Ann Longfield has appointed a number of high-profile figures in social care, the government and the media to provide her office with strategic advice.

Government advisor Martin Narey, former Association of Directors of Children’s Services president, Alison O'Sullivan, Behaviour and Insight leader, David Halpern and BBC Children's Chief, Alice Webb are the new [...]

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DfE announces commissioner for Reading

Education secretary announces children’s commissioner at Reading Council following ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating

The secretary of state for education has appointed a commissioner at reading Council after its children’s services were rated inadequate by Ofsted.

The inspection of Reading Council was carried out in May-June this year and the final report published in August slammed the “serious, persistent [...]

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Two councils outline deep cuts to children's centres

Two local authorities have outlined plans to cut millions of pounds from their children's centres budgets.

Leicester City Council has proposed cuts to the range of services delivered in its 23 children's centres in a bid to save £4m. There will also be "significant" cuts to staff numbers.

Kirklees Council has also published plans to cut its [...]

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Two councils outline deep cuts to children's centres

Two local authorities have outlined plans to cut millions of pounds from their children's centres budgets.
Leicester City Council has proposed cuts to the range of services delivered in its 23 children's centres in a bid to save £4m. There will also be "significant" cuts to staff numbers.
Kirklees Council has also published plans to [...]

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No FGM prosecutions made in 30 years

No successful prosecutions against perpetrators of Female Genital Mutilation have been made in the 30 years since it has been made illegal, it has emerged.

The Home Affairs Select Committee slammed the “lamentable record” as “beyond belief” saying it said would deter those brave enough to step forward and report this horrendous crime.

Interim chair of [...]

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Why Jo Brand is making a comedy about social workers

A preview of Damned, the social work comedy from Jo Brand, which is set to air this month

Photo: Channel 4

It’s a new day in children’s services at Elm Heath Council – the fictional setting for Jo Brand’s new sitcom Damned.

For senior social worker Al (Alan Davies), the first challenge is to get [...]

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Deprivation of liberty orders triple for children in care

06/08/2020

Deprivation of liberty orders placed on children in care have tripled in the last two years, an investigation by BBC News has revealed.

The investigation showed that deprivation of liberty orders are increasingly being used to detain children in homes when suitable accommodation cannot be found.

Director of children’s rights charity Article 39 Carolyne Willow slammed the [...]

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Schools should be the last place to be locked down in any future outbreaks, says commissioner

05/08/2020

Schools should be the last places to be locked down if any local or national lockdown takes place, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield argues that if any lockdown takes place, schools should be the last places to be locked down, after pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops.

She says that given what it known [...]

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Majority of local authorities struggle to recruit experienced social workers

04/08/2020

Just two per cent of local authorities in England find it easy to recruit experienced social workers, Department for Education research has found.

The fifth wave of the DfE Children’s Services Omnibus Survey, which looks at senior local authority and Children’s Services Trust’s leaders’ perceptions on, and activities relating to, a range of policy areas, found [...]

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