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Call for review of special guardianship orders

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  • Thursday, December 11, 2014
The British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has called for a review of special guardianship orders (SGOs) amid a sharp rise in numbers being granted and concerns about the way they are used.

Coalition fails to improve care placements

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  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
The coalition government has failed to make any progress in getting children into the right placement when they first enter care and ensuring it is close to their home, a damning report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.

Security concerns delay adoption video pilot

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  • Monday, November 17, 2014
A high-profile scheme intended to increase adoptions by allowing would-be adopters to search videos and photos of children has been delayed due to security issues, CYP Now has learned.

ADCS calls for Ofsted workforce shake-up

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  • Friday, October 31, 2014
Ofsted must recruit existing children's services professionals to inspect local authority social care arrangements if it is to boost confidence in its judgments, the head of the Association of Directors of children's Services (ADCS) has said.

Children's social workers face knowledge test

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  • Thursday, July 31, 2014
New children's social workers will have to pass a test of their knowledge in order to become an approved practitioner as part of government attempts to improve the quality of the profession, it has been announced.

Timpson moves to calm outsourcing fears

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  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Concerns about controversial plans to allow councils to outsource child protection services will get serious consideration, children's minister Edward Timpson has pledged.