The impact of nearly a decade of government austerity measures, combined with increasing demand, has left local authority children's services short of money and with "no fat left to trim", the president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has warned.

Directors of children's services are calling for more powers to send home-educated children back to school.

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

Alan Wood to chair £20m social care evidence centre

By Tristan Donovan |

05 July 2018

Sir Alan Wood, architect of recent reforms to local safeguarding arrangements in England, has been appointed the founding chair of the What Works Centre for Children's Social Care.

Government plans to introduce a baseline test for reception age children to measure their progress throughout primary school are "flawed, unjustified and wholly unfit for purpose", a study by a group of leading education experts has concluded.

Councils have until September 2019 to replace outgoing local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) with new arrangements, the government has announced.

Around one in six of all children in England - a total of 2.1 million - are at "serious risk" due to complex family problems, with the majority of them "invisible" to the state and "let down" by the system, a study by the children's commissioner for England has found.

Two disability campaigners who conducted reviews of special educational needs (SEN) provision have criticised the progress of government efforts to improve the system.

A council has been rated "outstanding" for the support it provides children in care, with children's services overall receiving a "good" rating.

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".