Trio of councils rated 'outstanding'

By Nina Jacobs |

12 June 2019

Children's services in Redbridge are led by "exemplary" management who demonstrate "relentless drive and ambition for children", inspectors have found.

Ofsted's social care chief has admitted that inadequate funding is affecting the quality of council child protection services, but has ruled out taking this into account when issuing inspection judgments.

Newham Council is investing £1.4m to expand its youth service in a bid to reverse budget cuts that left its spending in this area among the lowest in London.

Vulnerable children are recruited to spy on criminals including sex offenders without the necessary safeguards to protect them from harm, the High Court has heard.

Nearly one in five nurseries in deprived areas of England are facing closure within the next 12 months due to the early years funding shortfall.

Funding for speech and language support for children under the age of five varies widely across England, with a quarter of areas spending just 58p or less per child, according to new research.

Claims by the children's minister that vulnerable children are not losing out following the closure of the statutory adoption register have been rejected by the charity that ran it.

Lincolnshire County Council has rejected claims that it has devalued health visitor responsibilities - ahead of the result a union ballot on strike action.

Secure children's home placements plummet

By Nina Jacobs |

07 June 2019

The number of children placed in secure children's homes has fallen to its lowest ever level, thanks to a significant reduction in youth justice placements, new figures show.

Social action projects targeting disadvantaged children and young people will be funded through a new £1m partnership.