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ADCS president accuses universities of turning out ‘crap social workers’...

ADCS president accuses universities of turning out ‘crap social workers’... Shocked academics and social workers call comments 'very disappointing'

Leading children’s director Alan Wood has launched a shock attack on social work educators, accusing prominent universities of turning out “crap social workers”.

In an interview with the Guardian about outsourcing child protection, the president of the [...]

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Home secretary announces wide-ranging inquiry...

Home secretary announces wide-ranging inquiry... Theresa May has announced a full scale inquiry into public bodies' handling of child sex abuse allegations.

A wide-reaching inquiry into institutional child sex abuse is being launched, home secretary Theresa May announced in a statement to Parliament yesterday.

The panel inquiry into historic claims of child sex abuse will [...]

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First 'innovation' funds handed to tri-borough councils...

First 'innovation' funds handed to tri-borough councils... London’s tri-borough children’s services are to receive £4m from the government’s innovation fund, the first award to be made under the initiative. The government wants to fund ideas to deliver social work in different ways. Picture: Tom Campbell Speaking at a Department for Education “innovation” networking event, children’s [...]

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Analysis links director of children's services retention to Ofsted rating...

Analysis links director of children's services retention to Ofsted rating... Local authorities that keep hold of their directors of children’s services (DCS) perform better in Ofsted inspections than those that change regularly, exclusive analysis by CYP Now has found.

 

Authorities with an 'outstanding' Ofsted rating had an average of 2.2 directors of children's [...]

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Quicker care proceedings do not distort court outcomes, pilot suggests...

Quicker care proceedings do not distort court outcomes, pilot suggests...

Tri-borough care proceedings pilot publishes final outcomes

An updated evaluation of the Tri-borough care proceedings pilot has found that there were no significant differences between the pattern of final orders made on the cases in the pilot year, compared to the year before.

The Tri-borough care proceedings [...]

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NSPCC Directors reaction to the Rolf Harris trial...

NSPCC Directors reaction to the Rolf Harris trial...

Peter Watt, Director of national services at the NSPCC, said: "Harris was opportunistic and brazen in targeting young girls and women. He took advantage of their trust in him and we heard through the evidence of his courageous victims just how profoundly damaging his abuse on them was for [...]

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Ofsted: Children's social care is improving

04/07/2019

Children's social care in England is improving overall, according to Ofsted.

The proportion of local authorities judged to be good or outstanding for overall effectiveness increased to 46% at 31 March 2019. After each authority's first Single
Inspection Framework (SIF) inspection it was 36%.

Furthermore, the proportion judged inadequate has dropped from 22% after each local authority's [...]

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Surrey transforms front door services

03/07/2019

An "ambitious service remodelling" including a total reconfiguration of the ‘front door’, has been introduced at Surrey,Ofsted has said.

New arrangements had been fully operational for only five weeks at the time of the monitoring visit following the the implementation of a new practice model, called ‘family resilience’, underpinning a widescale planned redesign and restructure of [...]

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Councils are struggling with 560 cases of children's mental health every day

02/07/2019

Children's services are dealing with more than 560 cases of children with mental health problems every day, council leaders have warned.

The Local Government Association is warning of the "children's mental health crisis" and said local authorities are struggling to cope with the demand for services.

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People [...]

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