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Ofsted closes six more unregistered schools

By Joe Lepper |

17 April 2018

A further six suspected illegal schools have been closed down by Ofsted in the space of a month.

Early intervention initiative set to expand

By Tristan Donovan |

16 April 2018

A national task force is to expand its efforts to help local authorities, charities and funders intervene early to avoid children and young people experiencing a range of social problems.

Government welfare reforms, including the introduction of Universal Credit and the capping of housing benefit, are contributing to a rise in youth homelessness, a report has concluded.

Care application levels plateau after years of rises

By Tristan Donovan |

12 April 2018

The number of applications being made to the courts for children to be taken into care has fallen slightly following years of rises, according to data released by Cafcass.

Ofsted has criticised a council for the "unacceptable" use of screening visits by social workers to families prior to making a referral decision.

Cuts to special education needs and disabilities (SEND) support in schools are worsening, leaving children at greater risk of being permanently excluded, a teaching union has warned.

Effective use of children's centres to offer early support to vulnerable families is helping an "inadequate" council turn around its performance, Ofsted has found.

A shortage of children's social workers is leading to "unacceptably high caseloads" in some parts of Cambridgeshire and undermining efforts to protect children.

Former DfE minister to become Cafcass chair

By Neil Puffett |

06 April 2018

Former children's minister Edward Timpson has been appointed chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), it has been announced.

Children in care are receiving less support and do not feel as safe as in previous years, a study by Ofsted has found.