More free childcare places available

June 16, 2017 0 comments

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Parents of young children in areas piloting the forthcoming increase in free childcare hours may benefit from a jump in the number of places available. Despite concerns over funding and availability, seven of the eight regions trialling the 30 hour provision due to be launched later this year have increased the total number of places…

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London: UK’s ‘worst city’ for raising a family

May 16, 2017 1 comment

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London is the worst city in the UK to raise a family in, according to new research. The online study ranked 35 major British cities based on a number of criteria which affect day-today family life. These included average salaries, house prices, the quality of local schools, access to parks, and how common burglary is…

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Bradford praised for domestic violence efforts

April 24, 2017 3 comments

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Authorities in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford have been praised for their efforts to tackle domestic violence. Inspectorate Ofsted worked with the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of (HMI) Constabulary and HMI Probation. They conducted a joint inspection of ‘multi-agency responses’ to domestic violence and abuse, amongst the Police, social workers and doctors…

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Tower Hamlets children’s services ‘inadequate’

April 11, 2017 1 comment

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Child protection services in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets are “inadequte”, Osted has declared. Vulnerable chldren are often left in families prone to abusive behaviour for unacceptable lengths of time instead of being taken straight into care, inspectors concluded, and management hasfailed to properly oversee the efforts of social workers. Osted said the council…

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‘Good’ ratings for three local councils

April 5, 2017 1 comment

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Ofsted has given postive ratings to the children’s services departments of three different councils following recent inspections. Wigan in Greater Manchester, Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, and Harrow in North London were all granted a rating of ‘good’ for their child protection work. Inspectors assessed the authorities in January and February of this year. The…

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More children staying on with fewer foster carers

March 3, 2017 0 comments

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The majority of children living with foster carers now ‘stay put’ past their 18th birthdays, new figures reveal. The option for ‘looked after’ children to stay on with foster carers up to the age of 21 was introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014, to help such children better prepare for adult life. Local…

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York children services rated good

February 10, 2017 0 comments

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The children services department of York City Council has been rated good by the inspectorate Ofsted. Following an inspection at the end of last year, Ofsted praised a restructuring of the department which was  designed to reduce the caseloads of individual social workers and free up their time for frontline work with vulnerable children.. An…

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Hampshire agencies praised for domestic violence work

February 3, 2017 0 comments

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Frontline agencies involved in work with victims of domestic abuse across Hampshire have been praised by inspectors. A joint inspection conducted by the Police, the Probation service, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission found “strong” work in the field, particularly in the protection of children, by social workers and other professionals involved in related work….

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Worcestershire Council under fire from Ofsted

January 26, 2017 1 comment

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Worcestershire County Council has been criticised for “widespread and serious” child protection failures by the inspectorate Ofsted. The problems encompassed both children in residential care and those placed with guardians and adopted families. The council had not recruited enough “good quality, permanent social workers” Ofsted found, and had applied inconsistent standards when making decisions across…

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