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Monthly care applications reach three-year low

By Joe Lepper |

15 January 2019

The number of monthly children's care applications made by councils to family courts has dipped below the 1,000 mark for the first time in more than three years.

Fees hike 'threatens children's homes'

By Joe Lepper |

10 January 2019

Children's home providers are warning that some residential care settings may be forced to close if a proposed 10 per cent fees rise is imposed.

Spending on Sure Start children's centres and services for under fives plummeted by £110m last year, according to latest government data.

The Department for Education could face legal action for publishing guidance that might lead local authorities to break laws protecting vulnerable children, a charity has claimed.

Ofsted has praised improvements in children's services at a London borough over the past two years, lifting its rating from "inadequate" to "good".

'Inspirational' DCS secures top Ofsted rating

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

07 January 2019

Ofsted has awarded a local authority children's services department an outstanding judgment in recognition of its unrelenting "pursuit of excellence for children".

Former Rotherham children's chief awarded CBE

By Joanne Parkes |

04 January 2019

A council chief who was credited with turning around Rotherham children's services following the borough's child sexual exploitation scandal, has been awarded a CBE.

New approaches to reducing parental conflict within disadvantaged families are to be tested with £2.7m of government funding.

Ofsted has praised improvements made by a mutual to a children's services department it took over last year, but warns that concerns remain over high caseloads for social workers.

Children's minister Nadhim Zahawi has rejected campaigners' calls to introduce a national minimum allowance for foster carers looking after young people under Staying Put arrangements.