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Social workers should consider home visits for at least six months if there are suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, new guidance has suggested.

'Inadequate' council to close one in five children's centres

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

20 February 2017

The number of children's centres at a council rated "inadequate" by Ofsted will be cut by more than a fifth, with those remaining being run by schools in the future, as part of plans to save more than £1.6m by 2020.

The government is to press ahead with plans to cut the frequency of Ofsted inspections for good and outstanding children's homes, it has been announced.

Ofsted praises SEN funding approach in Leeds

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

17 February 2017

The way young people with special educational needs are funded in Leeds is among a number of areas of practice to be praised following an inspection of provision.

Average social work caseloads vary by in excess of 20 cases in different parts of England, new statistics published for the first time today show.

A £40m package of measures to help tackle sexual abuse and child trafficking has been announced by the Home Office.

ADCS announces 2018/19 president

By Neil Puffett |

14 February 2017

The head of children's services in East Sussex will be the 2018/19 president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, it has been announced.

Government plans to allow councils to apply for exemptions from children's social care legislation will help councils to better support young people, the president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services has said.

The Brexit process risks taking up so much parliamentary time that unless legislation to make sex and relationships education (SRE) compulsory is pushed through now, it could be years before another opportunity emerges, Labour MP Stella Creasy has warned.

A council's children's services provision has been rated "inadequate" after inspectors found that children with disabilities are being left unprotected.

 

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