Children in care being placed too far from home

April 8, 2014 4 comments

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Twelve per cent of children in residential care are housed more than 20 miles from their home  communities, Ofsted has announced. Inspectors visited nine local authority areas and studied 92 individual cases.  Eight thousand children were found to have been moved outside their homes areas. In a newly published report entitled From A Distance, the…

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Birmingham City Council pledges millions for children’s services

December 13, 2013 0 comments

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Birmingham City Council has pledged millions in extra investment for its embattled children’s services department. The UK’s largest local authority will invest an additional £9 million in child protection, with an annual £6 million in additional funding set to follow in subsequent years. The council has also promised to introduce new systems designed to increase…

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What are family lawyers talking about this week? By John Bolch

October 25, 2013 1 comment

The news that an unrepresented husband involved in a dispute over children assaulted his wife in court and had to be restrained by the judge has heightened concerns about court security as more litigants appear without legal representation. Now, I’m not saying that having a lawyer would have ‘restrained’ the husband (I have been saying…

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Ofsted head: Birmingham is “a national disgrace”

October 20, 2013 4 comments

Child protection failures in Birmingham are a “national disgrace”, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted has claimed. Social services in the West Midlands metropolis have failed inspections seven times over the last few years, said Sir Michael Wilshaw, the organisation’s Chief Inspector. There have also been 23 serious case reviews in the city in the last…

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Conservative politician: child protection is “everyone’s responsibility”

October 17, 2013 2 comments

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Society must recognise that the protection of vulnerable children is everyone’s responsibility, a Conservative councillor has claimed. Sir Merrick Cockell is leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Chairman of the Local Government Association. Speaking at the National Children and Adult Services Conference in Harrogate this week, he told delegates: “We especially need to…

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Government to tighten inspection of children’s services

October 14, 2013 1 comment

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Government inspectorate Ofsted is to combine its procedures for local authority children’s services and introduce stricter inspection criteria from November. The new ‘Single Inspection Framework’ will combine inspection procedures for care services, care leaver services and adoption and fostering services, with effect from November. In addition, gradings will be stricter. The currently applied ‘adequate’ rating…

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OFSTED: Medway children’s services are ‘inadquate’

August 27, 2013 0 comments

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Services for children in care in the Medway region of Kent are “inadequate”, inspectors Ofsted have declared. There were “deficits” in services within the unitary authority, said the report, and outcomes for children were “poor”. Following a previous inspection in January, Medway Council  had begun changes to ensure the safety of vulnerable children. “However, many…

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Walsall sets up children’s services watchdog

March 29, 2013 0 comments

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A group of local councillors will examine children’s services in Walsall, following a highly critical Ofsted report. The report, entitled Inspection of safeguarding and looked after children services, outlined the findings of an inspection that took place in June 2012. It found children’s services in the Midlands town to be inadequate in a number of…

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Ofsted to work with Police and local authorities to improve child protection

December 1, 2012 0 comments

Ofsted has announced plans to share the details of children’s homes with the Police and other bodies in order to improve child protection. Children’s Minister Edward Timpson has published consultation proposals which would allow Ofsted to share details of children’s homes with the Police, the Department for Education and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner….

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