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Kingston upon Thames is graded outstanding

Services for children and families in Kingston upon Thames have continued to improve strongly since being judged good overall at the previous inspection in 2015 and are now outstanding.
Senior managers and elected members demonstrate a relentless determination to provide the best possible services, based on a comprehensive understanding of practice and performance and of [...]

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Further improvements made at Isles of Scilly

Services for children and families on the Isles of Scilly have improved since the single inspection in 2016, Ofsted has said.
While services were graded as good in 2016, leaders have made further positive changes. Services are now stronger, with particularly noticeable improvements in early help and preventative services. These services are well embedded, reducing [...]

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Redcar improves some areas of child protection practice

Redcar and Cleveland has improved the quality of some areas of social work practice for children in need of help and protection since the last inspection in 2017, Ofsted has said.
The implementation of a widely recognised social work model is supporting practice consistency across the partnership. The quality of assessments is improving, plans use [...]

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Ealing children's services deteriorates, says Ofsted

Services for children and families in Ealing have deteriorated since the last inspection in 2016, and now require improvement to be good, Ofsted has said.
A new electronic recording system, a change to the way in which contacts and referrals were handled and insufficient checks and balances led to work building up at the integrated [...]

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Improvements for care leavers at Bath and North East Somerset

There has been some improvements for care leavers at Bath and North East Somerset although progress in some areas has been slow, Ofsted has said.
In a focused visit to the authority where inspectors looked at their arrangements for care leavers, Ofsted said that young people receive practical and emotional support from social workers and [...]

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Some children in Lancashire wait too long for permanence

Some children in Lancashire still wait too long to achieve permanence with their long-term carers, Ofsted has found.
A new permanence policy has been implemented and Lancashire has introduced new systems and tools to scrutinise the quality of work more closely in permanence planning for children in care which is leading to a more organised [...]

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Charity Article 39 takes DfE to High Court over secondary legislation


A children’s rights charity has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of changes made by the Department of Education around social workers’ statutory duties to children in care.

Article 39, represented by Oliver Studdert from Irwin Mitchell, Jenni Richards QC and Steve Broach from 39 Essex Chambers, and Khatija Hafesji from Monckton Chambers, [...]

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Views to self-help resources to prevent online child sexual abuse rises rapidly in lockdown


The number of views to self-help resources to stop online child sexual abuse in Scotland has increased by 200 per cent during lockdown.

There has been increased numbers of people accessing the Get Help section of the Stop it Now! Scotland website, which includes a peak in traffic after Police Scotland launched its recent online child [...]

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£7m funding for charities supporting children affected by COVID-19 and lockdown measures


Vulnerable children and families affected by COVID-19 and the measures put in place to stop its spread will benefit from support offered by a coalition of charities under a new ‘See, Hear, Respond’ Department for Education programme.

The government has provided £7m of funding to launch the service which will be led by the charity Barnardo’s [...]

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