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Disability services are struggling to cope with a dramatic increase in the number of young people with complex needs, a report has warned.

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.

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

Ofsted has praised action taken by a children's services department to improve services for care leavers in the two years since it was rated "inadequate".

A London borough has been praised by inspectors for its work to promote personal budgets and improve academic performance among children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Reduced caseloads net council 'good' Ofsted rating

By Joe Lepper |

07 February 2017

Ofsted has praised a council's children's services for reducing social worker caseloads and focusing on placing children locally, handing services a "good" rating overall.

Ofsted praises domestic abuse response in Hampshire

By Joe Lepper |

01 February 2017

Social care, justice and health professionals across Hampshire have been praised by inspectors for their efforts in tackling domestic abuse and supporting victims.

Ofsted finds improvement at 'inadequate' council

By Neil Puffett |

30 January 2017

Efforts to improve the quality of provision at a children's services department rated "inadequate" by Ofsted in May 2015 are progressing well, inspectors have concluded.

Four more councils to join free childcare pilot

By Joe Lepper |

27 January 2017

The government has announced that four more local authority areas will offer 30 hours a week of free childcare, ahead of the national roll-out later this year.