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Are social workers being dishonest about the realities of adopting a child?

Adopting a child is not about neat beginnings or endings, yet there is much pressure to pretend it is, writes adopter Sally Donovan.

The adjective most used to describe my work is ‘honest’. Sometimes it is prefaced with ‘searingly’ and expressed in a way that might indicate my honesty is not entirely welcome.

When the manuscript [...]

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Entering care is an opportunity to evaluate a child’s emotional well-being and improve their mental health

Entering care is an opportunity to evaluate a child’s emotional well-being and improve their mental health.

Concepts of prevention and early intervention can seem like an awkward fit with the care system. It’s sometimes viewed as the end of the road, when other interventions have failed. But a child’s entry to care can represent a new phase [...]

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One in five child deaths in England are preventable

A fifth of child deaths in England could be prevented, according to a study examining deaths between 2010 and 2011.

The study, published in the respected medial journal The Lancet, found the causes of these deaths included abuse, neglect, suicide and accidents.

The research series, which examined child deaths in high-income countries, also suggests health [...]

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DfE childminder guidance contradicts Ofsted inspection plans

DfE childminder guidance contradicts Ofsted inspection plans

Childminders who join an agency will not be able to register with Ofsted in order to retain their individual inspection rating, the Department for Education has confirmed.

The DfE’s step-by-step guide to childminder agencies states that individuals can “only be registered with one agency or Ofsted at any one time”.

The [...]

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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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Strong political support for children's services at Wandsworth

13/06/2019

There continues to be strong political and corporate support for children’s services at Wandsworth, Ofsted has reported.

This includes ongoing investment, including increased capacity at senior manager level, increased numbers of social workers in the referral and assessment service and plans for additional early help staff, a focused visit of the authority found.

"The recruitment of a [...]

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Ofsted rates Lincolnshire as outstanding

12/06/2019

Services for children and families in Lincolnshire are outstanding, Ofsted has said, demonstrating the progress that leaders have made since the previous inspection in 2014, when the service was judged good overall.

Leaders have responded well to the findings of a focused visit and have implemented a new quality assurance framework which has delivered improvements to [...]

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Redbridge children's services are 'outstanding'

12/06/2019

Children’s services in Redbridge have been judged to be outstanding after the appointment of the current director of children’s services in October 2016 led to the further strengthening of services following the previous inspection in 2016, when services were judged to be good.

The children's services inspection of the local authority found that the DCS is [...]

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