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Child sex offences hit all-time high

By Neil Puffett |

23 March 2017

The number of child sex offences recorded by police forces across the UK have hit a new high, figures obtained by the NSPCC have shown.

The quality of children's services in Doncaster is continuing to improve, with the independent trust in charge of provision earning praise for involving looked-after children in decision making.

Local authorities are too often failing to support children and families who need help because they are focusing all their resources on the most serious cases, a major year-long inquiry has found.

Two independent trusts designed to improve children's services at councils rated "inadequate" by Ofsted have been awarded funding from the Department for Education's innovation fund.

Adults who communicate with children using sexual language could face up to two years in prison and be automatically placed on the sex offenders register, according to a new law announced today.

A major independent fostering firm has offered to drop some elements of a £400m merger deal in order to push it through.

Child poverty level passes four million mark

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

16 March 2017

Four million children are now living in poverty according to official government statistics, prompting a call from charities for government to urgently rethink its policies.

Child protection arrangements and support for vulnerable pupils are at risk due to an overhaul of school funding, councils have warned.

Plans to introduce a new accreditation system for children's social workers in phases risk destabilising the workforce and do not provide value for money, children's services leaders have warned.

The woman who will take over as president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services next month has called for government to prioritise looking into the issue of profit-making in the fostering system.

 

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