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WillisPalmer have launched a Remote Assessment Service to deliver social work assessments safely during COVID pandemic.

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First 'innovation' funds handed to tri-borough councils...

First 'innovation' funds handed to tri-borough councils... London’s tri-borough children’s services are to receive £4m from the government’s innovation fund, the first award to be made under the initiative. The government wants to fund ideas to deliver social work in different ways. Picture: Tom Campbell Speaking at a Department for Education “innovation” networking event, children’s minister Edward Timpson, said the combined children’s services of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster, have been handed the cash in order to “completely redesign their entire children’s social care system from within”.

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More court days for family cases this year despite restrictions

26/11/2020

There have been more court sitting days taking place on family cases this year than in any previous year, despite the lockdown, the president of the family courts division has said.

In his ‘View from the Chambers,’ Andrew McFarlane said this level of activity is necessary as it is not possible to conduct as many cases [...]

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Half of Youth Offending Services require improvement

25/11/2020

Improvements are required in more than half of the Youth Offending Services inspected this year, according to the HM Inspectorate of Probation.

Of the 16 Youth Offending Services inspected, eight required improvement while one, Cardiff, was rated inadequate.

Chief Inspector Justin Russell said: “It is disappointing that the overall quality of the youth offending services we have [...]

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Highest number of children’s homes registered could be in response to COVID

25/11/2020

The highest number of children’s homes were registered by Ofsted between April and August, potentially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ofsted registered 176 new children’s homes between 1 April and 31 August, the highest number recorded in that period. This follows a continued increase in registrations year on year since at least 2015 and a [...]

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