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Children who have suffered neglect and abuse during lockdown need identifying and providing with support as a matter of urgency as they return to school.

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Ofsted reports published during June

A summary of the Ofsted inspections of children's services published during June, including three 'outstanding' ratings.

Improvement required at Luton children’s services says Ofsted

Improvement is needed at Luton children’s services, a focused visit of the authority by Ofsted has found.

The quality of social work practice and performance is too variable, and improving consistency remains a challenge, [...]

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If Family Support Workers are the answer, what is the question?

By Adrian Williams, Head of Service Development at WillisPalmer

Sally is a recently retired Family Support Worker (FSW). She had been doing the job for over 30 years and saw a lot of changes. Her first job title was Home Maker, a name that, by the end of her career, unfortunately tended to describe almost [...]

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Steady progress at Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire children's services has made steady progress in improving the quality of intervention when children are first referred to the multi-agency safeguarding hub, Ofsted has said.

Most children are receiving helpful support when they are first referred to children’s social care, but variable practice remains evident within both the multi-agency safeguarding hub and assessment teams, said [...]

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Wakefield strengthens front door activity

Wakefield children's services has undertaken significant activity to strengthen the front door and build a sustainable framework to support social work practice, Ofsted has said.

In the second monitoring visit since the local authority was judged inadequate in all areas in the SIF in July 2018, inspectors found that despite this, the impact of planned actions [...]

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Interview with Cathy Ashley, chief executive of Family Rights Group

With the 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989 looming, Cathy Ashley discusses Family Rights Group (FRG); set to mark the occasion with a summer event to commemorate the principles and values behind the momentous legislation.

With the 30th anniversary of The Children Act 1989 looming, Family Rights Group (FRG) is set to mark the [...]

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Ofsted reports published during May

A summary of the Ofsted reports of children's services inspections published during May.

Social workers supported well at Richmond

Social workers are supported and supervised regularly at Richmond upon Thames children’s services, Ofsted said.

In a focused visit of the authority which looked at the local authority’s arrangements for children who need help and protection, inspectors found [...]

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Government should be shocked into action over rise in mental ill health among young people

26/10/2020

The government should be shocked into immediate action to tackle a growing epidemic of mental health problems in children and young people, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield’s warnings come as NHS figures show that the proportion of children experiencing a probable mental disorder has increased over the past three years, from one [...]

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Chancellor reveals one year Spending Review to focus on response to Covid

22/10/2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak

The chancellor has announced that he will conduct a one-year Spending Review in order to concentrate on the government’s response to COVID-19.

The chancellor and the prime minister have decided to conduct a one-year Spending Review, setting department’s resource and capital budgets for 2021-22, and Devolved Administration’s block grants for the same period. The [...]

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Spending Review needs to restore lost £1.7 billion in early help funding for councils

21/10/2020

Local authorities are preparing for a surge in demand for children’s services after many children ‘disappeared’ from view during the lockdown restrictions introduced in a bid to try and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

The Local Government Association said councils are bracing themselves for a rise in referrals for support that would have normally [...]

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