Older children who are suffering neglect are going "unseen" by services that should be supporting them, inspectors have warned.
The new social care inspection system has been billed as "light touch" for "good" authorities, but children's services leaders still need to be fully prepared for when Ofsted calls, writes Jo Stephenson.
An 'outstanding' Ofsted judgment can take years of hard work. With nearly one in five early years settings having achieved this, what can leaders do to maintain the momentum, asks Jo Stephenson.
Inspectors increasingly expect providers to consult children and families over the services they receive, with leaders playing a crucial role in ensuring their views are listened to, writes Jo Stephenson.
There will always be early years settings unhappy with the rating they receive from Ofsted. Jo Stephenson looks at the options for appealing the decision and the processes to follow.
Ofsted's new inspection framework for children's social care services places greater emphasis on councils' own approaches to self-evaluation and sector-led improvement, reports Jo Stephenson.
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