Number of child protection plans rocketing

November 7, 2017 1 comment

children in care

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

family law

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

family law

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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Councils to advise struggling London Borough

September 19, 2017 0 comments

London, Family Law

The London Borough of Islington and Lincolnshire County Council have agreed to become “intervention advisors” at the troubled London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Earlier this year the children’s services department at Tower Hamlets was declared ‘inadequate’ by the inspectorate Ofsted. Its strongly-worded criticisms included the suggestion that child protection had “significantly deteriorated” since the previous…

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Government takes over Croydon children’s services

September 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

The government has assumed control of the children’s services at the London Borough of Croydon after inspections revealed “widespread and serious” failures. The council’s social workers had not adequately followed the guidelines for dealing with children at risk of abuse and those who had run away from home, according to Ofsted. Inspectors also reported that…

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North Lincolnshire Council is ‘outstanding’ says Ofsted

September 5, 2017 1 comment

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North Lincolnshire Council in Scunthorpe has been judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – one of only three authorities to receive the inspectorate’s highest accolade. Every aspect of the work undertaken by children’s services department received the top rating except its work with youngsters “who need help and protection”, which was only deemed “good”. Ofsted inspectors were…

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140,000 children face abuse or neglect risk

August 14, 2017 4 comments

family law

As many as 140,000 children could miss out on support after being abused or neglected as a result of cuts to local authorities. Many councils now do not have the financial resources to intervene every time they receive reports of vulnerable children from teachers, police or doctors, according to recently published figures. Charity Action for…

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Children’s services at ‘breaking point’

August 10, 2017 9 comments

family law

Council-run children’s services are at “breaking point”, having overspent their budgets by more than £600 million. A newly published report from the Local Government Association (LGA) suggests this could the result of a significant increase in the number of children in need of protection over the last decade. In 2015/16, more than 170,000 children were…

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