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Ofsted to shift children's centre inspections from providers to councils

Ofsted to shift children's centre inspections from providers to councils

Ofsted will scrap individual inspections of children’s centres in favour of local authority-wide assessments, childcare minister Elizabeth Truss has said.

Truss told the education select committee today that the inspectorate will judge local authorities on the effectiveness and reach of children’s centres, providing an overall rating for each council...

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Referrals down by 20% during latest lockdown

08/03/2021

Referrals to children’s social care fell by more than 20% in January during the latest national lockdown, official Department for Education statistics has shown.

The Ofsted chief inspector warned before Christmas that child abuse could be going undetected https://www.willispalmer.com/ofsted-child-abuse-could-be-going-undetected/ and the latest DfE figures show that referrals between 25 and 31 January 2021 was 23% lower [...]

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NSPCC raises concerns for mental health of new parents

08/03/2021

The NSPCC has raised concerns for new parents of babies born during the pandemic, saying their mental health problems may have been missed.

The children’s charity warns that there could be a long-lasting impact on babies born during the COVID-19 pandemic with parents experiencing increased stress, social isolation and mental health problems.

One adult who called the [...]

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Government expands mental health services for children and young people

08/03/2021

The government has announced plans to support the mental health of children and young people after the impact of the pandemic and lockdown.

The number of mental health support teams will increase, access to community mental health services will improve and more young people will be able to access eating disorder services.

Health and Social Care Secretary [...]

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