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Ofsted praises domestic abuse response in Bradford

By Neil Puffett |

21 April 2017

Social care, justice and health professionals across Bradford have been praised by inspectors for their efforts in responding to child protection issues in domestic abuse situations.

A council has agreed to pay £750,000 to become the third member of a social enterprise established to run children's services in two London boroughs.

A council has been rated "inadequate" by Ofsted after inspectors found that children had been left in abusive situations for too long, with failures in leadership being blamed for the quality of services.

Ofsted finds 'solid progress' at inadequate council

By Neil Puffett |

06 April 2017

A council where children's services were rated "inadequate" by Ofsted last year is making steady progress in improving the quality of services, Ofsted has said.

Children's services at three councils have been rated as "good" following inspections by Ofsted.

A major government drive to improve mental health services for children and young people is yet to lead to satisfactory improvements, children's minister Edward Timpson has said.

Council and health chiefs in an area where there has been found to be a "legacy of poor practice" in supporting disabled children have been ordered by inspectors to explain how they plan to improve services.

The overall pace and scale of improvements at a council where children's services were rated as inadequate last year is "far too slow", inspectors have warned.

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.