Surrey CC director dies suddenly
Surrey CC director of children’s services, Dave Hill, died suddenly last night, the council has announced.
Children should not carry the cost of this crisis
Emergency funding for the pandemic is welcome, but it is not enough to cover costs. Children should not bear the brunt of the cuts, says Jenny Coles.
Charity threatens legal action on changes to safeguarding laws
A charity has threatened legal action against the Department for Education (DfE) if it does not withdraw a statutory instrument that makes changes to safeguards for children in care in England.
Working through the pandemic to protect children and families
A new report has identified the groups of children most likely to be at risk under lockdown. How are councils responding to need and have they got the resources to deliver?
Pandemic is making ‘inadequate funding baseline’ worse, says new ADCS president
The incoming president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) says she wants ‘unprecedented levels of investment in our children’s futures, please’, in response to the pandemic.
An opportunity amidst the gloom
As social workers battle the coronavirus, Jenny Coles calls for children’s interests to be centre stage, now and after recovery.
Critical decisions loom in the children’s care homes sector
Monica Macheng examines the key challenges facing local authorities looking for suitable places for children with increasingly complex needs.
Aspire towards achievement
Rachel Dickinson argues the review of children’s care in England must challenge the stereotype that care is a bad place to end up and be more ambitious about what children can achieve.
Making the case for a bigger cake
Darryl Eyers explains why four local professional associations have come together alongside the LGA to make a collective case to Government for the right long-term resources
Demand led, resource constrained: SEND is broken
Outraged at the Government's call for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities financial recovery plans, Ian Thomas explains why it is the funding that is flawed, not the execution.
The sound of silence
Local agencies are often ‘woefully ill-equipped’ to stop child sexual abuse in the family environment, says a new joint report from four inspectorates including Ofsted. Why is multi-agency performance still so poor – and what needs to happen next? Chris Mahony reports.
Examining the boarding school effect
Councils appear to be reluctant to explore the option of placing the children they support at boarding schools, but Paul Marinko finds that the evidence points to improvements in outcomes.
Securing our future, today
Rachel Dickinson warns of the dangers of not making significant long-term investment in children’s services, and says there needs to be a step change in the process of Government funding for essential services.
Clear leadership from the government is needed on public health
Wellbeing should be built into the fabric of Government decision-making when it comes to both policy-making and funding allocation - and it is time for a multi-year funding settlement for public health, says Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy.
Councils defend out of area placements
The children’s commissioner has called for a national review of the care system as four in 10 children in care are living away from their home towns.
Fair redistribution must play a continuing part in council funding
SIGOMA chair Sir Stephen Houghton trusts ministers will ‘recognise the key role that councils must play in their ambition for a united and equal nation’ - and Government should commit to supporting the same level of service across the country.
Reflecting on the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004
The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) president, vice president and past presidents reflect on the successes of the Children Acts of 1989 and 2004, and what has changed since they became law.
We are forced to 'eke out too little to too many people' says social care chief
Too many social workers, managers and councillors 'are having to make invidious decisions to eke out too little to too many people whose needs are increasing' says social care chief Julie Ogley.
Level of private equity profits 'turns my stomach' says children's chief
The level of profits made by private equity companies from the care of vulnerable children 'turns my stomach', the president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has said.
Government departments: ‘adopt a national health and wellbeing board approach’
Poverty and inequality should be understood and tackled as a public health issue, says a new paper from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. Ann McGauran reports