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The Department for Education has announced plans to improve children's services at a troubled council after Ofsted inspectors warned of rising caseloads for social workers have resulted in children being left unprotected.

The government is to look at incentivising schools to be more inclusive, in response to a critical report from MPs into the increasing number of children being excluded and placed in alternative provision.

A council has been praised by Ofsted for establishing resilient and sustainable services for vulnerable children despite the pressure of growing demand.

Ofsted has praised a supportive environment and high morale among children's social workers following a check on provision in Manchester.

Ofsted warns of lack of stability at 'inadequate' council

By Neil Puffett |

18 September 2018

Inspectors have raised concerns about the pace of improvement at a children's services department previously rated "inadequate" by Ofsted, warning that workforce instability is continuing to cause problems.

Councils where children's services standards are deemed to be "inadequate" are to receive shorter, less intense re-inspections, Ofsted has announced.

Ofsted calls for action on assessments at 'inadequate' council

By Gabriella Jozwiak |

13 September 2018

A London borough has failed to assess more than half of children in its care, some "for a number of years", Ofsted inspectors have warned.

A lack of co-ordinated leadership in Birmingham has been blamed for children with special educational needs and disabilities struggling in school.

Ofsted rates ADCS president's council 'outstanding'

By Neil Puffett |

05 September 2018

A children's services department led by the current president of the Association of Director's of Children's Services (ADCS) has become the latest to be rated "outstanding" by Ofsted.

A financially troubled council is considering cutting funding for young people and families in need of early help by £2.5m in a bid to balance its books.