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Practice improvements evident at Plymouth

9th Jan 2019

Significant practice improvements are evident in a number of areas in Plymouth children’s services that were previously identified as weak, Ofsted has said. Since the single inspection framework (SIF) inspection…

Ofsted rates Isle of Wight ‘good’

8th Jan 2019

Isle of Wight children’s services have been rated as good by Ofsted. The report said services for children in the Isle of Wight have improved since the single inspection in…

Significant progress made at Kirklees

7th Jan 2019

Kirklees children’s services has made “significant progress” in improving its initial response to children and young people who need help and protection, according to Ofsted. The latest monitoring visit since…

Reduced caseloads at Bedford improves outcomes

4th Jan 2019

Leaders at Bedford children’s services have improved the stability of the social care workforce and reduced social work caseloads, Ofsted has said. In a focused visit to Bedford Borough Council…

Parents concerned by cuts to children’s services

3rd Jan 2019

Parents are concerned about the impact of financial cuts to children’s services, according to a survey by Barnardo’s. Almost a third of parents fear the impact of cuts to children’s…

Continued progress at Barnet

22nd Dec 2018

The London Borough of Barnet is continuing to consolidate progress, in conjunction with its improvement partner, Ofsted has found. Senior managers are fully aware and have clearly identified within their…

Tameside makes progress

21st Dec 2018

Ofsted has found that Tameside children’s services has continued to make some progress in the improvement of its services for children in need of help and protection. In the seventh…

First mental health support teams to begin training

21st Dec 2018

The first mental health support teams, announced in the children and young people’s mental health green paper, will begin their training in January 2019. The new mental health support teams…