Category Archives: Social Work Services

Special report: SEND system letting children down

30th Oct 2019

Failures of implementation of the 2014 Children and Families Bill has resulted in confusion for families of children with special education needs and disabilities, unlawful practice, bureaucratic nightmares, buck-passing, a…

Ofsted reports

29th Oct 2019

A summary of the Ofsted reports of children’s services inspections published in October. Senior leaders focused on improving children’s services at Newcastle Senior leaders at Newcastle have been resolute in…

Families of SEND children face bureaucracy and confusion

28th Oct 2019

Families of children with special educational needs and disabilities are facing a “nightmare of bureaucracy, buck-passing and confusion”, due to poorly implemented legislation, according to a report. An 18-month inquiry…

Migrant children to access legal aid more easily

25th Oct 2019

Migrant children who have been separated from their parents will have easier access to legal aid, the government has announced. New legislation – The Legal Aid for Separated Children Order…

Torbay takes too long to address weaknesses

25th Oct 2019

Torbay children’s services is taking too long to address critical weaknesses, Ofsted has warned. Previous monitoring visits have revealed that the quality of help and protection for vulnerable children continues…

£19m package of measures for care leavers

25th Oct 2019

The government has announced new cross-government support available to young care leavers backed with £19 million of investment into programmes that directly benefit those leaving care. The investment is to…

Pace of change at Dorset improves

24th Oct 2019

Changes in the senior leadership team at Dorset and local government re-organisation have significantly impacted on the pace of improvement in children’s services, Ofsted has said. Many areas of improvement…