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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“Disappointing” growth in children placed outside home areas

September 20, 2017 1 comment

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A continuing rise in the number of children being sent to residential homes outside their home areas is “bitterly disappointing”, MPs have claimed. Recently published government statistics reveal that more than 4,000 youngsters had been placed in residential homes outside their local authority areas by the end of March last year: nearly 80 per cent…

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Mental health support ‘urgently needed’ for care leavers

September 18, 2017 1 comment

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As many as two thirds of care leavers with mental health issues are not receiving any help, a charity has claimed. Research from Barnardo’s suggests that out of the 26,340 care leavers in England, nearly half may be suffering from mental health problems. In a recently published report, the charity also claims that as many…

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Migrant children suffering after years of spending cuts

August 21, 2017 2 comments

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Unaccompanied migrant children in the UK are struggling after years of harsh spending cuts the Children’s Society has warned. In a new report, the charity highlights the decision of the then-government to exclude migrant children from legal aid – only refugees who have applied for asylum are eligible. This has meant that children who enter…

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