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Ofsted brands council 'inadequate' over CSE failures

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  • Thursday, June 4, 2015
Surrey has become the fourth authority in the space of a month to have its children's services rated "inadequate" by Ofsted after inspectors flagged up serious concerns about how it deals with child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Casey savages Rotherham CSE response: the key failings

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  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Nearly six months since professor Alexis Jay's report revealed the extent of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, the government's troubled families tsar Louise Casey's has pulled no punches in her assessment of how the authority has fared since.

Future ADCS president warns of challenge to save DCS role

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  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Directors of children's services (DCSs) face a fight to protect their role, with more than half now responsible for other directorates or services, the vice president-elect of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has warned.

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.

Somerset DCS sacking: Peter Lewis speaks out

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  • Friday, October 24, 2014
A lack of authority-wide support for change and an "arcane" IT system were key reasons for slow progress in improving children's services in Somerset, the council's former director of children's services (DCS) has claimed.

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