The government is to strip the Youth Justice Board of most of its youth custody duties. Former chief John Drew says while there is merit to the plan, it raises concerns over resettlement work and ensuring a child focus.
Study finds section 251 returns system to record education and children's services spending produces data that is often inaccurate and of little use. John Freeman says only an overhaul of the process will deliver improvements.
The way local authority children's services are inspected is set to undergo major change from January 2018, with Ofsted planning to move to a more proportionate system that focuses on councils that are already struggling.