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Majority of family courts miss 26-week target

Majority of family courts miss 26-week target. More than two-thirds of court areas in England have failed to meet a target for care proceedings to be completed within six months.

Statistics released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that across England the average time care applications that were completed between [...]

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DBS Update Service

For all new DBS applications you can now register for the DBS update service.The update service allows the disclosure to be checked by employers online. This means that your DBS Certificate can be used across multiple work roles with children and/or vulnerable adults avoiding the expense and time taken of applying for individual certificates for [...]

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HCPC re-registration for social workers

The window of time to sort HCPC re-registration opens on 1 September.

This will be the first time social workers have renewed in the new system since the registration and regulation of social workers in England changed on 1 August 2012, when the Health and Care Professions Council took over responsibility for the social care register.

This [...]

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Councils 'unaware' of how many children 'neglected'

Councils 'unaware' of how many children 'neglected'

Research by Action for Children has found that most local authorities have no system for counting the number of neglected children

Most English local authorities do not have systems in place to identify how many children are being neglected, according to research by Action for Children.

Freedom of Information requests carried [...]

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Councils 'unaware' of how many children 'neglected'

Councils 'unaware' of how many children 'neglected'
Research by Action for Children has found that most local authorities have no system for counting the number of neglected children
Most English local authorities do not have systems in place to identify how many children are being neglected, according to research by Action for Children.
Freedom of [...]

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Half of councils fail to secure sufficient free childcare places

Half of councils fail to secure sufficient free childcare places

More than half of local authorities will be unable to provide all disadvantaged two-year-olds with access to free childcare when the government’s flagship scheme expands next month, CYP Now can reveal.

On 1 September, the number of two-year-olds eligible for 15 hours of free childcare a week [...]

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Experts Corner: Interview with Helen Johnson

ISW Helen Johnson talks to Clare Jerrom about sibling assessments

Siblings should always be placed together wherever possible and where it is in all the children’s best interests, an expert in sibling assessments has stated.

Helen Johnson, who has been carrying out sibling assessments for the past 10 years, said placing siblings together should be the “default [...]

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Core social work practice at Herefordshire needs improvement

The majority of core social work practice at Herefordshire children’s services requires improvement, Ofsted has warned.

The pace of planning and action to remedy some long-standing deficits has been too slow which has led to drift and delay for children before, during and after care proceedings, and means that outcomes have not improved for children in [...]

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Havering children’s services ‘significantly improved’

Services for children in Havering have “significantly improved” since the previous inspection in 2016, according to Ofsted.

An inspection of children’s social care services found that leaders have demonstrated a determination to improve outcomes for children and this has been supported by purposeful corporate investment and commitment.

“Substantive improvements have been made in the provision of services [...]

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