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Councils involved in a Home Office scheme to take in unaccompanied asylum seeking children from other areas are facing an average £25,000 shortfall in funding for every child they support, research suggests.

'Unlawful' family court agreement axed

By Joe Lepper |

15 August 2017

A joint agreement aimed at tackling delays in care proceedings has been ditched amid concerns it is unlawful and could lead to collusion between social workers and family court guardians.

Children's social workers at a council rated "inadequate" are considering a second round of strikes, due to continuing concerns about heavy workloads and unfilled vacancies.

Vulnerable families 'missing out on early help'

By Nina Jacobs |

14 August 2017

Around 140,000 vulnerable families referred to children's services for concerns including abuse and neglect are not getting help because their needs fall short of the criteria for support, a charity has warned.

Ofsted's proposed overhaul of the inspection of voluntary adoption agencies (VAAs) will give a misleading picture of their performance to potential adopters, a leading agency has warned.

Analysis projects rise in 'homeless' families

By Nina Jacobs |

11 August 2017

There are 50,000 children living in 'homeless' households, with numbers projected to rise by a quarter over the next decade unless the government tackles the problem, analysis reveals.

A multi-agency hub bringing together social workers, police and health professionals has helped convict 18 members of a child sex abuse ring.

Care applications fall five per cent in July

By Tristan Donovan |

10 August 2017

The number of new care applications fell five per cent in July compared with last year, latest figures show.

A children's charity has spoken out against proposed cuts to services for deaf children in a local authority area that was recently criticised for the quality of support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Children's services overspend tops £600m

By Joe Lepper |

09 August 2017

Councils are overspending on their children's social care budgets by more than £600m a year as they look to protect vulnerable groups amid cuts in central government funding, council leaders are warning.