Children's services in a London borough are facing a major challenge due to an alarming increase in violent knife crime, but are starting to deal with the problem more effectively, Ofsted has said.
Campaigners back inspection report that shows funding and capacity concerns are delaying transfers of unaccompanied children.
Study highlights challenges faced by children with seriously ill parents and the extra support needed.
Residential special school Mulberry Bush is opening a new year-round unit to care for children who do not have families to return to during school holidays. Tom de Castella visits the specialist facility.
It has taken four years to transfer most children with special educational needs and disabilities to a new support system. While parents appear satisfied with the process, campaigners have criticised the quality of some care plans.
As the social care workforce expands, the number of vacant posts remains high, prompting councils and policymakers to develop new ways to support practitioners to boost staff recruitment and retention.
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