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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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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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Care system shifts following explosion of teenagers entering care


The care system is shifting from predominantly babies and younger children being in care to an "explosion" in the number of older children and teenagers becoming looked after, the children's commissioner has warned.

As she published the 2019 Stability Index, Anne Longfield said the profile and needs of children in care has changed over the last [...]

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Progress made at Worcestershire


Progress has been made in many areas of children’s services in Worcestershire since the last inspection, when the local authority was judged to be inadequate in all key areas of practice in 2016.

Effective work by senior management and staff, together with commitment and investment by political leaders, has led to improved responses to the needs [...]

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Quality of services at Wirral improves


The quality of services for children has improved in all areas in Wirral since the last inspection in 2016, when services were judged to be inadequate overall.

The appointment of a new leadership team, including the Director of Children’s Services (DCS), led to an accurate understanding of the deficits, as well as effective implementation of plans [...]

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