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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.

Children's services in the London Borough of Wandsworth have been elevated from "inadequate" to "requires improvement" with inspectors praising the council's leadership for working "diligently" to turn around performance.

Failing secure training centres (STCs) will be subject to greater scrutiny amid concerns around levels of violence and the safety of children.

Older children who are suffering neglect are going "unseen" by services that should be supporting them, inspectors have warned.

Ofsted has praised improvements to the quality of "front door" social work in Liverpool, following an inspection of children's services, although provision overall has been rated as "requires improvement".