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Outcomes improving at South Gloucestershire

Senior leaders at South Gloucestershire have made some gains in improving the majority of services for children and young people, following a slow start, Ofsted has said.

The local authority was judged to be inadequate when it was inspected in 2016 but recently accelerated progress against the improvement plan has ensured that outcomes for most children [...]

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Torbay continues to struggle recruiting social workers

Torbay children's services continues to struggle recruiting sufficient social workers in the safeguarding and family support service, Ofsted has warned.

Due to the serious and widespread child protection concerns identified in the January 2019 monitoring visit, inspectors revisited and evaluated the quality of help and protection provided to vulnerable children and their families in safeguarding assessment [...]

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Children as young as 9 talk about suicide in schools

Children as young as 9 talk about suicide in schools: more than 80 per cent of teachers have seen children's mental health issues increase, a survey by the National Education Union.

The survey of more than 8,000 teachers, support staff and school leaders in the UK found that 83 per cent confirmed that they had seen [...]

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Vulnerable adolescents receive good service in Kingston-upon-Thames

Most vulnerable adolescents in Kingston-upon-Thames receive a good service from skilled and enthusiastic social workers, Ofsted has reported.

Social workers and other professionals have a comprehensive understanding of the range of risks that young people encounter from outside the family, and take appropriate action to reduce those risks, Ofsted said.

"Links between children and young people’s experiences [...]

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Government announces funding to reduce children in care

The government has announced funding of £84 million to help benefit children in and on the edge of care.

The funding, which marks the 30th anniversary of the Children Act by reaffirming its core principle that, where possible, children are best brought up with their parents, will help up to 20 councils to support families to [...]

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Newham issued with improvement notice and fined following data breach

An improvement notice has been issued to Newham Council after Ofsted rated the local authority's children's services as inadequate in an inspection report published in March.

The Secretary of State has appointed advisers to provide advice to the council, to chair the improvement board and provide improvement support to the council. The council will work with [...]

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Children’s services were struggling financially before Covid, warns leading charities

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Local authorities had to spend an additional £136 million on children’s social care between March and July, it has emerged.

New analysis from five leading children’s charities, Action for Children, Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, NCB and the NSPCC, submitted to the Treasury, reveals that even before the pandemic hit these services were facing [...]

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Health, education and welfare systems ‘failing vulnerable young people’


The national welfare, health, education and housing systems are failing the most vulnerable young people, said the founder of the organisation tasked with running the first secure school.

The Sentencing Bill White Paper from the Ministry of Justice commits the government to opening the first secure school, which will replace a youth jail, in Kent in [...]

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YoungMinds calls for funding to provide wellbeing and mental health support in schools


More than 60 per cent of young people with mental health have found their mental health worsening since they have returned to school, according to a survey by YoungMinds.

A survey of 2,011 11-18 year olds with a history of mental health needs for the children and young people’s mental health charity found that only 27% [...]

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