500 new child protection investigations a day

December 20, 2017 5 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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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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Children’s services at ‘breaking point’

August 10, 2017 9 comments

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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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UK sees child homelessness rise 37%

July 25, 2017 3 comments

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The number of homeless children in the United Kingdom has risen by a staggering 37 per cent since 2014. There are now around 120,540 children being housed in temporary accommodation throughout the country, a number which has gone up by 32,650 since the second quarter of 2014. This increase is the equivalent to 906 children…

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Council leaders highlight “crisis” in social care for children

June 26, 2017 1 comment

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Social care services for children are in “crisis” campaigners and council leaders have claimed. Last week’s Queen’s Speech did not contain any commitment by the government to improve the quality of social work provision for children, they complained. Anna Feuchtwang is chief executive of charity the National Children’s Bureau. Speaking in conjunction with the Local…

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Vulnerable pupils threatened by funding cuts

March 20, 2017 0 comments

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The welfare of vulnerable school pupils is threatened by school funding cuts according to the Local Government Association (LGA). The government has insisted on a £600 million reduction in the annual education services grant, which is used to fund child protection measures in schools as well as special support for vulnerable pupils. As a result…

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Government responds to childcare exemption concerns

October 17, 2016 0 comments

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The government has announced plans to establish an expert panel to oversee the exemption of local authorities from child protection responsibilities. Under controversial provisions in the Children and Social Work Bill, councils could be freed from “requirements imposed by children’s social care legislation” for periods of three years or more. Campaign groups have already described…

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‘Give councils the power to monitor home schooling’

September 20, 2016 3 comments

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Local councils have called for additional powers to monitor families who home school their children. The Local Government Association (LGA) responded to a critical report issued by Ofsted in June, which had blamed “professional incompetence and insufficient resources” for the failure of councils across the country to close down around 150 illegal home schools. The…

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‘Golden hellos’ for foster carers ‘should be banned’

September 8, 2016 2 comments

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The financial incentives offered by some fostering agencies should be banned, the Local Government Agency has declared. So-called ‘golden hellos’ of up to £3,000 are used by some for-profit agencies to tempt foster carers onto their books after their local authorities have already spent thousands on their training. The practice is highly controversial, and was…

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Thousands of FGM cases in England

July 22, 2016 1 comment

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Thousands of women in England sought treatment for female genital mutilation (FGM) in the space of a year, new data reveals. In its first ever publication of annual statistics on the subject, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) said 5,702 cases of FGM were newly reported between last April and March 2016. As…

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