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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.

Joining youth and family courts

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Experts assess the barriers to integrated youth and family courts system following Munby intervention.

Keeping asylum seekers safe

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Shortfalls in funding and recruitment seen as key barriers to delivering asylum safeguarding strategy.

Derren Hayes speaks to Polly Neate, chief executive of homelessness charity Shelter.

Leaders back calls from an expert working group for the creation of virtual mental health leads for children in care, but warn they must be sufficiently funded and have the power to ensure provision is put in place.

A DfE consultation reveals local agencies will have 15 months to implement new safeguarding arrangements to replace local safeguarding children boards, but some areas are already forging ahead with preparations.

Local focus on SEND in schools

By Derren Hayes |

28 November 2017

Review shows how councils can improve provision to reduce need for out-of-area residential schools.