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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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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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SEN shake-up receives positive feedback

SEN shake-up receives positive feedback

Parents of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) are largely positive about changes being introduced by the government to give them more choice over the services they use, a report has found.

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, from 1 September, children and young people with SEN, and their [...]

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Social worker suspended after ‘flawed’ risk assessment of knife incident

Social worker suspended after ‘flawed’ risk assessment of knife incident

The HCPC suspends social worker who failed to call police when contacted by mother about knife-weilding daughter.

A social worker who made a “flawed” risk assessment of a situation where a daughter attacked her mother with a knife has been suspended from practice.

The decision by [...]

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New civil prevention orders could improve child safeguarding practice

New civil prevention orders could improve child safeguarding practice

Councils and Local Safeguarding Children Boards described as best places to enforce new and improved civil prevention orders.

Councils have been urged to establish new arrangements between family courts and police to better protect children from sexual harm.

In a research article published by respected journal Family [...]

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Gyimah handed role to strengthen children's mental health services

Gyimah handed role to strengthen children's mental health services

Childcare minister Sam Gyimah has been handed responsibility for strengthening Department for Education links with child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Liaising with CAMHS teams was previously an unofficial element of children's minister Edward Timpson’s role, as part of his remit covering special educational needs and adoption.

Former [...]

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Northamptonshire is rated inadequate again

29/07/2019

Northamptonshire’s children’s services are failing to keep children safe and have been rated inadequate again by Ofsted.

While some progress has been made since the Ofsted focused visit in October 2018, there remains a range of significant weaknesses in services whose effectiveness is central to protecting children.

"There are also highly vulnerable children in care who are [...]

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Ofsted reports - July 2019

25/07/2019

A summary of Ofsted reports of children's services published during July.

Wokingham requires improvement to be good, says Ofsted

Children’s services at Wokingham require improvement to be good, Ofsted has said.

The report outlines that last summer, Wokingham children’s social care services experienced a rapid rise in demand for services, which, combined with instability at the leadership level, [...]

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Wokingham requires improvement to be good, says Ofsted

25/07/2019

Children's services at Wokingham require improvement to be good, Ofsted has said.

The report outlines that last summer, Wokingham children’s social care services experienced a rapid rise in demand for services, which, combined with instability at the leadership level, and a high turnover of social care staff, led to a deterioration in the quality of services [...]

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