It has taken four years to transfer most children with special educational needs and disabilities to a new support system. While parents appear satisfied with the process, campaigners have criticised the quality of some care plans.
Review finds poor contact with birth families can cause identity problems, with report author calling for a culture change among practitioners. However, social work leaders say legislation should be revised to make contact easier.
The review of foster care by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers recommends fundamental changes to the way services are commissioned and delivered, but experts have questioned the rationale for some of the proposals.
FoI data shows a rise in adoptions breaking down over the past five years and inconsistent data collection by councils. Experts say findings show the need for better data and improved post-adoption support services.
Under Ofsted's single inspection framework, the number of children's services rated "inadequate" has doubled, prompting criticism it raised the bar too high. Leaders assess its legacy and what it will mean for the future.