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Children's services budgets rise for 2019-20

Children's services budgets are set to rise by more than six per cent in 2019-20, figures suggest.

A statistical release from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government says that expenditure on children's services is £9.1 billion budgeted in 2019-20, up £535 million (6.2%) compared to the 2018-19 budget.

"Children’s social care [is] up overall by [...]

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Ofsted rates Gateshead 'good'

Children and families in Gateshead receive a good-quality service with good practice within most areas of the service, which has a demonstrably positive impact on improving children and family’s circumstances, according to Ofsted.

There are well-established multiagency partnerships, thresholds are well understood and applied, ensuring that families receive the right help in a timely way and [...]

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Strong political support for children's services at Wandsworth

There continues to be strong political and corporate support for children’s services at Wandsworth, Ofsted has reported.

This includes ongoing investment, including increased capacity at senior manager level, increased numbers of social workers in the referral and assessment service and plans for additional early help staff, a focused visit of the authority found.

"The recruitment of a [...]

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Redbridge children's services are 'outstanding'

Children’s services in Redbridge have been judged to be outstanding after the appointment of the current director of children’s services in October 2016 led to the further strengthening of services following the previous inspection in 2016, when services were judged to be good.

The children's services inspection of the local authority found that the DCS is [...]

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DfE consults on regulation of children's homes workforce

The Department for Education is consulting on whether to regulate the children's home workforce.

The DfE is making a call for evidence welcoming views on establishing professional registration for roles in children’s homes and existing approaches to regulating the children’s homes workforce.

The call for evidence comes in response to a recommendation made by the Independent Inquiry [...]

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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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Children’s commissioner tells ministers and unions to ‘stop squabbling’ over re-opening schools


The education secretary has said that the government’s plans to re-open schools on 1 June 2020 in a phased manner is based on science.

Gavin Williamson stood firm on schools in England reopening on June 1 and tried to reassurance parents saying that the government’s plans are based on the “best scientific advice with children at [...]

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Children’s charities warn that children’s services are ill-prepared to cope with challenges posed by COVID-19


Local authority children’s services are ill-prepared to deal with the challenges posed by the coronavirus lockdown, a group of children’s charities have warned.

Years of under-investment have resulted in children’s services fire-fighting and unprepared for the “torrent of extra challenges” posed by COVID-19, analysis by Barnardo’s. Action for Children, The Children’s Society, NSPCC and the National [...]

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Children’s commissioner: Thousands of vulnerable children at risk in lockdown


Hundreds of thousands of children in England are living with a cocktail of secondary risks that Covid-19 may exacerbate, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

Anne Longfield highlighted that thousands of children are experiencing a lack of food in the house, homelessness, sofa-surfing or living in cramped living conditions, neglect, domestic abuse, substance abuse and [...]

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