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Children's services in Kirklees, rated "inadequate" in 2016, is on the path to improvement, according to a new Ofsted inspection.

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.

Campaign aims to tackle LGBT+ foster carer myths

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.

How foster agency builds co-production into its everyday procedures

By Craig Clark, registered manager, Orange Grove Fostercare

| July 30, 2019

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.

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.

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".

Derren Hayes talks to Ann Coffey, Independent Group for Change MP for Stockport.

Inspecting social work supervision

By Jo Stephenson

| June 25, 2019

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.

Independent visitors: Volunteers help children in care

By Catherine Pestano

| June 25, 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commissioning: Design and collaborative working

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.

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.