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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".

Members of staff at Cafcass are being offered sessions on how to decrease stress and anxiety through meditation in order to promote mental wellbeing against a backdrop of increasing demand.

Inspectors have criticised support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Leicester, in particular the quality of education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Children's trust appoints new chief executive

By Neil Puffett |

20 June 2018

Slough Children's Services Trust has appointed the current director of children's services in Wokingham to become its new chief executive.

Services for care leavers in Southampton have improved significantly following the creation of a dedicated service within the authority, Ofsted inspectors have found.

Ofsted has praised the role of leaders and the quality of support for vulnerable children, for improvements in the overall standard of children's services at a council.

Ofsted has praised a continued commitment to sustain the quality of "front door" social work practice in Camden, following a visit to check on progress.