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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.

A council is struggling to cope with a high turnover of social workers and rising caseloads, two years after inspectors rated its children's services as "inadequate", Ofsted has found.

Standards at two London councils have been praised by Ofsted inspectors in the wake of an acrimonious split from partnership arrangements with a third council.

A "lack of grip and direction" from children's social care leaders in Herefordshire is resulting in drift and delay in casework, Ofsted inspectors have warned.

Rotherham set to regain control of children's services

By Tristan Donovan |

23 July 2018

Rotherham Council is set to regain control of its children's social care services, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has announced.