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Councils should be given the choice whether to continue providing independent reviewing officers for children in care, the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has said.

Children's services trust set to cost £4.6m

By Joe Lepper |

04 April 2018

The creation of an independent trust as part of efforts to improve children's services in Worcestershire will cost around £4.6m, it has emerged.

Around 1,000 children's centres have closed since 2009, twice as many as officially acknowledged, an education charity has claimed.

Councils are spending the equivalent of nearly £1bn less on children's services than they were in 2012, Labour has warned.

Multi-agency work to address child protection concerns at two London boroughs have been praised by inspectors.

The proportion of young people who remain in foster care after turning 18 has fallen to its lowest level since the introduction of the Staying Put duty, new figures show.

The vast majority of children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) have been transferred onto new education, health and care (EHC) plans ahead of this weekend's deadline, although thousands are still waiting, government figures show.

Around 40 per cent of councils across England have not signed up to a voluntary scheme to take child refugees from other areas, amid concerns that central government is not providing enough funding to cover the true cost, a report has revealed.

The 2018 Children & Young People Now Awards are open for entries to organisations, individuals and teams from across the UK.

The government's 30 hours free childcare initiative should be extended to all children as part of efforts to tackle social and economic inequalities, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.