Council in huge care data breach

January 16, 2018 3 comments

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A local authority accidentally disclosed the names of “hundreds” of children in care and vulnerable adults earlier this month. An unnamed person at Leicester City Council accidentally included a “large spreadsheet” as an attachment in emails sent to 27 different taxi firms inviting tenders to transport children living in residential homes, as well as adults…

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Children in foster care deserve better say MPs

December 29, 2017 2 comments

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The government should conduct a thorough review of the overstretched care system, the Commons Education Committee has claimed. In a new report, the MPs also call for children in foster placements to be given more information on their placement and for greater efforts to be made to keep siblings who have been taken into care…

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500 new child protection investigations a day

December 20, 2017 6 comments

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Councils launched more than 500 new child welfare investigations a day last year according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA). The organisation represents 370 English and Welsh councils. it contrasts the figure with the situation ten years ago, when an average of just 200 investigations  a day were launched. LGA Chair Richard…

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Number of child protection plans rocketing

November 7, 2017 1 comment

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More than 51,000 children have now been made the subject of child protection plans, meaning social workers believe their safety or welfare is at risk. The total figure of 51,080 youngsters at the end of March represented an increase of no less than 770 over the 2016 total (50,310). The number of active protection plans…

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Children’s services struggling due to funding shortage

November 1, 2017 2 comments

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Many local authorities do not have the resources to support children who need it, councillors have claimed. In a recently published survey from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), more than a third – 35 per cent – of councillors responsible for children’s services said this was the case where they worked.  Thirty per cent also…

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Social workers are ‘firefighting’ serious cases

October 16, 2017 0 comments

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Social workers are overwhelmed and struggling to meet demand for their services, a high profile academic has claimed. Professor Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University. Speaking at a social care conference in Bournemouth, he claimed: “What I am hearing from social workers is that they are having to spend most…

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Government finds £20 million for council cooperation on children’s services

October 14, 2017 1 comment

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The government is to make up to £20 million available to encourage different children’s services departments to cooperate with each other. Children’s Minister Robert Goodwill made the announcement at a social work conference in Bournemouth this week. A resulting series of “regional improvement alliances” between neighbouring authorities will be focused on sharing best practice and…

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‘Find another way’ DoE tells failing council

September 22, 2017 0 comments

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Worcestershire County Council has been told to find a fresh approach to child protection services by the Department for Education. The County Council received a bottom-of-the-class “inadequate” rating following an inspection by Ofsted in January. There were “widespread and serious” failings in the council’s approach to child protection the inspectorate insisted. Overall control of the…

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