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WillisPalmer have launched a Remote Assessment Service to deliver social work assessments safely during COVID pandemic.

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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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Education secretary acted unlawfully by failing to consult over care legislation during COVID

24/11/2020

Education secretary Gavin Williamson acted unlawfully by failing to consult with children’s rights organisations ahead of introducing changes to legal protections for children in care, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Gavin Williamson acted lawfully by in failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before making “substantial and wide-ranging” changes [...]

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COVID has devastating impact on children’s rights

24/11/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on children’s rights, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has warned.

In its latest report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the commission has expressed significant concerns about how the pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities with key concerns including more children being [...]

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Leap in children being home educated

24/11/2020

There has been a rise of almost 40 per cent in the number of children being electively home educated, The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has revealed.

The annual survey of local authorities to look rates of children being home schooled found that the most common reason cited by parents or carers for electing to [...]

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