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Ofsted’s inspections of children’s services during September

Here is a summary of the Ofsted inspections of children's services published in September

Ofsted finds steady progress in Somerset’s care leavers and disabled children’s services

Steady progress has been made in services for care leavers and disabled children in Somerset children’s services. However, the fourth monitoring visit since the local authority was judged inadequate in February 2015, stated that practice is not yet reliably good in all teams.

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Recruitment and retention of social workers addressed at Cumbria

The long-standing difficulties of recruiting and retaining sufficient staff and managers at Cumbria children’s services have been “vigorously addressed”. A monitoring visit to the authority in August found that an improved offer for new and existing staff, combined with upskilling staff and managers, has led to a gradual reduction in the reliance on agency staff at the authority.

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Bromley’s approach to CSE improves

The London Borough of Bromley is making substantive progress in improving services for children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation. The inspectorate also identified some progress for those who go missing in a fourth monitoring report of the local authority’s children’s services since it was rated inadequate.

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Workforce stability needed at Leicester Council

Workforce stability and the recruitment of permanent social workers continue to be challenges at Leicester. While the council has made some progress in reducing changes in social workers for some children, such changes are still too common, which reduces children’s opportunity to build trust.

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‘Exceptional’ CSE services highlighted in North Lincs Council

North Lincolnshire Council has been praised for its “exceptional” services protecting children from Child Sexual Exploitation. Ofsted said that children at risk of sexual exploitation and children who go missing receive excellent support through coordinated multi-agency arrangements.

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Manageable caseloads contributes to improvements at Walsall

Smaller social work teams with manageable caseloads is making a difference to children’s services in Walsall. Senior leaders have worked intensely to improve the quality of children’s social care services and to ensure that children receive the help and protection that they need.

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Ofsted rates Croydon child protection services inadequate in damning inspection report

The government has taken control of Croydon children’s services after Ofsted slammed the authority in a damning inspection report. Ofsted inspectors highlighted the “widespread and serious failures in the services provided to children and their families in Croydon that leave some children at risk of significant harm”.

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Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Practice guidelines to accompany legislative changes on siblings in care

18/04/2021

CELCIS is seeking views to feed into practice guidelines which will accompany some legislative changes to uphold the rights and meet the needs of brothers and sisters with care experience.

Changes are being made to Section 13 of the Children (Scotland) 2020 Act, and the Looked After Children (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 and most of these [...]

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Working households no guarantee for lifting families out of poverty

18/04/2021

Having an adult in the household in paid work is not sufficient to raise some families out of child poverty in Scotland, official statistics have shown.

While the risk of poverty is much lower for children where someone in the household is in paid work compared to those in workless households, not all work pays enough [...]

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£280 million boost for SEND provision

15/04/2021

The government has announced £280 million funding for special educational needs and disabilities provision.

The funding will be allocated to local authorities to enable them to create new places in early years settings, schools, academies and colleges. The funding can be used to contribute to the cost of creating a whole new special school, or by [...]

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