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Early adopters set out the key features of children’s trusts

When it launched its children’s social care reform programme nearly five years ago, the Department for Education expressed an ambition that a third of councils should be in the process of handing responsibility for services to a children’s trust, or had completed the process, by 2020.

Regional approach to staff recruitment

Latest Department for Education workforce data shows that while the number of children's social workers rose three per cent last year, staff turnover, vacant posts and use of agency practitioners remained stubbornly high.