Alfie Evans, court statistics, Cafcass and more

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April 6, 2018 0 comments

family law

A short week in family law The parents of Alfie Evans, the 23 month-old boy who has been on ventilation in hospital after becoming seriously ill with a catastrophic and untreatable neurodegenerative condition, have had their application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared inadmissible. Alfie’s parents were seeking to overturn a decision…

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Cafcass rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

April 3, 2018 4 comments

family law

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – Cafcass – has been rated ‘outstanding’ by government inspectorate Ofsted. Ofsted praised the service, which intervenes in court cases concerning children, for “listening to children, understanding their world and acting on their views” and for its “exceptional [and] aspirational” leadership. At its previous inspection in…

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‘Find another way’ DoE tells failing council

September 22, 2017 0 comments

children in care

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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Ofsted calls for relationship education

September 20, 2017 7 comments

family life

Lessons in what constitutes healthy relationships should be a greater priority for schools, Ofsted has concluded. Working with the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Ofsted examines the damaging experiences of children who have suffered domestic abuse in a new report. Amongst other examples, it cites the disruption caused…

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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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Social workers at West Yorkshire council plan more strikes

August 17, 2017 0 comments

child protection

Social workers at a troubled council in West Yorkshire may begin a further series of strikes  next month reports suggest. Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council is currently rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted – but social workers claim staffing shortages and heavy workloads lie behind many of the problems. Following months of unrest, 240 members of trade union…

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Council praised for speedy improvements

July 12, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

West Berkshire Council in Newbury has been praised by Ofsted after achieving a ‘good’ rating just two years on from an ‘inadequate’ one. Back in 2015 the Council’s children’s services department received  a thumbs down from Ofsted over concerns that it was placing children at risk due to lengthy delays and a high staff turnover….

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West Midlands Council praised by Ofsted

July 10, 2017 4 comments

child protection

A local authority in the West Midlands has been praised by government inspectorate Ofsted for a range of improvements to its child protection services. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council was in danger of losing responsibility for child protection altogether after inspectors dubbed its performance ‘inadequate’ last spring. But now they believe “positive progress” has been made….

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Reading Council ‘not improving quickly enough’

July 3, 2017 1 comment

child protection

The Children’s Services Department of Reading Council has not improved adequately since failing an inspection last year Ofsted has declared. In August 2016 inspectors gave the Berkshire authority an ‘inadequate’ rating, saying they too frequently left vulnerable children in situations of “unknown and acute risk”. Ofsted remained concerned after a follow up visit to the…

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Family Division President: judges can talk to Ofsted

June 28, 2017 1 comment

Ofsted

Judges are allowed to talk to Ofsted inspectors the President of the Family Division has declared. In newly published guidance, Sir James Munby noted that “some confusion had arisen over the propriety” of judges talking to Ofsted staff while the latter conduct inspections of children’s services departments and similar organisations. “For the avoidance of doubt”…

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