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Torbay continues to struggle recruiting social workers

10th May 2019

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…

Local authorities funding for UASC increases

10th May 2019

More funding has been made available to local authorities to support unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Immigration minister Caroline Nokes announced that, following a review of existing funding arrangements, rates currently…

Staff turnover hinders improvement at Reading

9th May 2019

Frequent changes in senior managers at Reading and a high turnover of frontline staff continue to adversely impact on managers’ ability to bring about improvement, said Ofsted. The eighth monitoring…

Senior leaders ambitious for children in Rutland

8th May 2019

The director of children’s services at Rutland and his senior leadership team are ambitious for children in the borough, Ofsted has said. In a focused visit to Rutland, inspectors said…

Social workers supported well at Richmond

7th May 2019

Social workers are supported and supervised regularly at Richmond upon Thames children’s services, Ofsted said. In a focused visit of the authority which looked at the local authority’s arrangements for…

Missed opportunities to protect missing children

3rd May 2019

Councils are missing opportunities to safeguard children when they go missing from care or home, research by The Children’s Society has shown. Local authorities are only carrying out return home…

Children’s services reach ‘breaking point’

2nd May 2019

Growing evidence of the crisis facing the funding of children’s services emerged this week as a committee of MPs stated that children’s services are at ‘breaking point’. The Housing, Communities…

Fall in DCS new appointments

1st May 2019

There were just 17 new appointments of directors of children’s services in 2018-2019, a report by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services has found. The 17 new DCS appointments…

Ofsted Reports

30th Apr 2019

A summary of the Ofsted inspection reports of children’s services published during April. Barking and Dagenham requires improvement Services for children in Barking and Dagenham require improvement, as was the…

Special Report: Protecting vulnerable children online

30th Apr 2019

Clare Jerrom looks at what the government proposes in its White Paper ‘Online Harms’ to protect children. Measures to tackle online abuse such as inciting violence, encouraging suicide, cyber bullying,…