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Unannounced inspections introduced for Cafcass

By Lauren Higgs |

08 February 2011

Ofsted has introduced no-notice inspections for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), the chief inspector of the watchdog has confirmed.

Baroness Sally Morgan appointed as chair of Ofsted

By Janaki Mahadevan |

08 February 2011

Baroness Sally Morgan has been appointed as the new chair of Ofsted, Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced.

Cash saved under plans to halt Ofsted evaluations of serious case reviews would be reinvested in extra support for failing children's services teams, the chief inspector of the watchdog has revealed.

Ofsted should be stripped of its responsibility to evaluate serious case reviews, Eileen Munro's interim report on child protection has recommended.

Safety and welfare standards at a secure training centre run by private firm Serco have been rated as satisfactory by Ofsted inspectors.

Youth offending services in North Lincolnshire have been described as "extremely disappointing".

High praise for Wales's only juvenile prison

By Neil Puffett |

25 January 2011

A prison holding young people in Wales is among the best juvenile facilities in the system, inspectors have found.

Gloucestershire County Council has been rated inadequate for safeguarding children and young people, following a joint Ofsted and Care Quality Commission inspection.