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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.

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.

Schools should only be rated "outstanding" by Ofsted if they can prove they are committed to tackling mental health problems and improving the emotional wellbeing of pupils, leading mental health experts have told MPs.

Ofsted has praised action taken by a children's services department to improve its child protection work since being rated "inadequate" two years ago.

A review will take place into whether a council should be stripped of responsibility for children's services after inspectors found that vulnerable children were being left at risk of harm.

A council where children's services are to be taken over by a mutual next month has been praised for improvements to the way it protects vulnerable children.

Work to improve provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in East Sussex is starting to bear fruit, inspectors have said.

Inspectors praise YOT's work to reduce offending

By Joe Lepper |

22 February 2017

A youth offending team has been praised by a joint team of probation, health, and social care inspectors for its work to prevent reoffending.

A children's services department has been criticised for a raft of failures in their handling of the case of an 18-month-old girl, who was murdered after being placed with a family member through a special guardianship order (SGO).

Ofsted is considering ditching overall ratings for the quality of children's services when it introduces its new inspection framework next year, it has emerged.