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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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BASW raises concerns over age assessments for UASC

27/10/2021

Age assessments of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children must be carried out by social workers and draw on a multi-agency approach, the professional association for social workers has warned.

The Nationality and Borders Bill, which lays out a raft of legislative measures to change the processes for migrants and asylum seekers in the UK, is currently in [...]

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Specialist assessments of parents with a learning disability

21/10/2021

PAMS assessments have been synonymous with specialist parent assessments for adults with learning disabilities since shortly after the assessment framework was established in 1998.

PAMS stands for ‘Parent Assessment Manual Software’ and since its introduction it has been used by social workers and independent experts to assess parents when there are child protection concerns. The [...]

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Soaring cases in family courts following lockdowns

20/10/2021

There has been a rise in the number of cases starting in the family courts as there were 66,357 new cases in April to June 2021, up 14% on the same quarter in 2020, according to Ministry of Justice figures.

The increase was due to rises in most case types: financial remedy (76%), private law [...]

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