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Delays undermine asylum transfer scheme

By Derren Hayes |

24 April 2018

Campaigners back inspection report that shows funding and capacity concerns are delaying transfers of unaccompanied children.

More support for young carers

By Jane Payler and Dr Victoria Cooper |

24 April 2018

Study highlights challenges faced by children with seriously ill parents and the extra support needed.

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.

Birmingham enters trust era

By Derren Hayes |

27 March 2018

Getting out of "inadequate" by end of the year is the first target for Birmingham's new children's trust.

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.

Post-adoption support boost

By Derren Hayes |

27 February 2018

Freedom of Information data reveals extent of council "match funding" under Adoption Support Fund.

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.

How MST is helping children at risk

By David Derbyshire |

30 January 2018

Despite negative research, charity says therapy improves outcomes for vulnerable young people.

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.