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Government dismisses '20-mile rule' for children's home placements

Government dismisses '20-mile rule' for children's home placements

Nearly half of children in residential care are placed outside their home authority. Picture: Morguefile

The government has rejected calls for it to consider prohibiting local authorities from placing children in residential care more than 20 miles from home. Responding to a report by the education [...]

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BAAF chief executive departs after less than six months

BAAF chief executive departs after less than six months Srabani Sen has left her post as chief executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) it has emerged.

Sen, former chief executive of Contact a Family and, before that, Alcohol Concern, joined BAAF in December 2013, but was replaced at the helm by Barbara Hutchinson, [...]

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Call for councils to lead youth employment schemes

Call for councils to lead youth employment schemes. The government should hand over responsibility for youth employment schemes to local authorities in order to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (Neet), council leaders have said.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has claimed that almost all young people would be in [...]

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Cornwall children's services rated as outstanding


Children in Cornwall benefit from good and outstanding services, Ofsted has said following an inspection of children's services.
The long-standing and committed senior leadership team has decisively and persistently focused on improving services for children. Services for children in need of help and protection have improved further and are now good. Children in care and [...]

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Detention of children with learning disabilities slammed


Detaining children and young people with learning disabilities and/or autism in mental health hospitals is often inappropriate, causing suffering and long-term damage, a committee has warned.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights condemned the “horrific reality” of conditions and treatment under which many young people with learning disabilities and autism are detained in mental health [...]

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Norfolk transforms 'front door' arrangements


The 'front door' of Norfolk children's services has been completely transformed since the last Ofsted inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers in November 2017.
A focused visit of Norfolk children's services found that thresholds have been revised and re-launched, and a new operating model [...]

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