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By David Harris
| August 06, 2019
Children's services in Kirklees, rated "inadequate" in 2016, is on the path to improvement, according to a new Ofsted inspection.
| August 01, 2019
The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) has urged councils to review a range of safeguarding systems, after it found abuse by care staff took place in Nottinghamshire over decades.
By Nina Jacobs
| July 30, 2019
A council has launched an awareness campaign to tackle myths around fostering to encourage more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people to consider becoming foster parents.
By Craig Clark, registered manager, Orange Grove Fostercare
Young people steering group helps shape agency's future fostering services and gives fostered children a voice.
Stable workforce and good leadership help East Midlands council achieve 'outstanding' rating, but challenges are growing.
| July 17, 2019
An inquiry into children's social work will examine what the workforce needs in order to provide the best help and protection for families, the parliamentary education committee has announced.
| July 03, 2019
The quality of children's social care is improving, according to new official figures from Ofsted, which has judged 46 per cent of departments as "good" or "outstanding".
| June 25, 2019
Derren Hayes talks to Ann Coffey, Independent Group for Change MP for Stockport.
By Jo Stephenson
Consistent standards and expectations are key to ensuring social work supervision helps improve outcomes for children and is recognised by inspectors, Ofsted's Yvette Stanley tells Jo Stephenson.
By Catherine Pestano
Independent visitors provide vital support to children in care. Catherine Pestano, who helps co-ordinate a network of nearly 80 volunteers in Croydon, south London, describes a typical week for the service.
By Annette Rawstrone
| June 14, 2019
Suffering the trauma of abuse, loss or rejection severely impacts on a child's ability to develop both socially and emotionally and therefore achieve their full potential.
| June 10, 2019
Claims by the children's minister that vulnerable children are not losing out following the closure of the statutory adoption register have been rejected by the charity that ran it.
| May 29, 2019
How children's services are commissioned has been the subject of intense scrutiny by policymakers in recent years. Sector experts analyse the forces driving changes in commissioning policies and practice.
By Toni Badnall-Neill
| May 28, 2019
Only radical redesign and collaboration can fix the crisis in children's social care commissioning, says Toni Badnall-Neill.
Following Edward Timpson's review of exclusions, the government has vowed to make schools accountable for excluded pupils and close loopholes used to off-roll. But sector leaders call for action to tackle high-stakes culture.
In 2017/18, councils spent £8.844bn on children's services compared with £8.476bn in 2016/17 - a rise of 4.3 per cent, according to statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Creation of not-for-profit company to run children's services aims to rebuild profession's reputation in Berkshire town.
The manager of a residential setting for children with disabilities tells Jo Stephenson how it has built a culture of continuous improvement while achieving a decade of "outstanding" Ofsted ratings.
| May 23, 2019
Concerns over the suspension of the Adoption Register for England have been raised by a cross-party committee of Lords, after they were left in doubt over provision for hard-to-place children.
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