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Council and health chiefs in Hull have been criticised by inspectors for "weaknesses and inconsistencies" in their leadership of special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.

Ofsted has condemned the "unacceptable" treatment of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by mainstream schools.

Ofsted has criticised children's services' response to domestic abuse, saying social workers are too focused on victims and need to do more to tackle perpetrators and prevent abusive behaviour.

Spit hood use on children more than doubles

By Nina Jacobs |

13 December 2017

Instances of the controversial practice of police using spit hoods on children have risen dramatically this year, according to figures obtained by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (Crae).

Westminster City Council's children's services are facing an annual bill in excess of £420,000 to establish a partnership with Kensington and Chelsea following the collapse of the tri-borough arrangement.

Council leaders in England have urged the government to tackle the funding crisis in children's social care when deciding on a financial package for local government for the coming year.

Final councils receive single inspection rating from Ofsted

By Tristan Donovan |

11 December 2017

The final two councils to have their children's services assessed under Ofsted's single inspection framework have been rated "good".

A new relationship between local authorities and residential child care providers is needed to avert a potential legal battle over children's home commissioning, according to the Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA).

The government's flagship Troubled Families programme is successfully reducing the number of children deemed to be in need support from local authorities, according to emerging evidence.

Child refugee scheme set for UK-wide expansion

By Joe Lepper |

08 December 2017

A Home Office scheme that sees councils volunteer to take unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) from other areas is to be expanded across the UK.