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Councils criticise government over 'real-terms funding cut'

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Concerns have been raised about the ability of local authority children's services to meet escalating demand, after the government announced that councils' spending power is to rise by only 1.5 per cent next year, around half the level of inflation - the equivalent of a real-terms funding cut.

DfE scales back social work accreditation introduction

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017
A new accreditation system for children's social workers will be initially tested in just five local authority areas after the Department for Education bowed to pressure from the sector by scaling back its planned introduction.

Munby calls for integration of youth and family courts

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017
The highest-ranking family judge in England and Wales has called for a major shake-up of courts that hear cases involving children by amalgamating them into a single court that considers both criminal and welfare issues.

Spielman rejects notion of Ofsted split

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Ofsted will not be split into separate inspectorates for children's social care and education, the organisation's chief inspector Amanda Spielmann has told MPs.

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