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Ofsted has praised the quality of support for care leavers at a London borough that acrimoniously split from children's services partnership arrangements with two other councils earlier this year.

A drug dealer has been jailed for 14 years in the first successful prosecution under legislation to tackle "county lines" crime, in which gangs exploit vulnerable children to establish drug networks.

Inspectors have raised concerns about the lack of progress at a children's services department that was rated "inadequate" by Ofsted earlier this year, warning that support for vulnerable children is being removed too quickly.

A trust that took over the running of a council's "inadequate" children's services is still struggling to reduce caseloads, attract social workers and tackle delays, according to Ofsted.

Care proceedings duration rises to 30 weeks

By Joe Lepper |

02 October 2018

The average time it takes for children in care proceedings to be completed in family courts is at its highest level for four years, government figures have revealed.

Fall in missing children incidents linked to 'county lines'

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

01 October 2018

The number of children going missing as a result of their involvement in so-called "county lines" drug networks has fallen dramatically thanks to specialist support offered by a youth charity, an evaluation shows.

CYP Now top 10 stories September 2018

By Neil Puffett |

28 September 2018

With MPs returning from their summer break and local authorities beginning preparations for next year's budgets, it has been a busy month in the sector. Here is a run-down of the most-read stories published on the CYP Now website in September.

Negative views of looked-after children are commonplace among teachers, with many labelling them "problem children", a survey has found.

Spending on children in care exceeds £4bn for first time

By Neil Puffett |

27 September 2018

The amount spent by councils supporting children who have been taken into care is set to rise by more than £370m this year, breaking the £4bn barrier for the first time.

Councils will be able to use government money to send struggling families on holiday as part of efforts to reduce record numbers of children going into care, it has emerged.