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.
The struggles of two councils given freedoms from safeguarding duties has boosted opposition to the government's exemption clause plans. But social work leaders are split on whether freedoms increase safeguarding risks.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report highlights data showing children and young people from poorer backgrounds do worse across a range of health outcomes. Experts blame cuts to public health and welfare support.