• SEND soars ahead in Herts

    05 February 2024

    Hertfordshire CC’s system-wide approach has made SEND everyone’s business, writes Hero Slinn.

  • Future Forum North: Questions over sector regulation

    08 December 2023

    Questions have been raised about the role of regulation in the local government sector at the MJ Future Forum North.

  • No quick fix as challenges grow

    04 December 2023

    Ann McGauran reflects on last week’s NCAS conference, where the general mood was of determination despite a morale-testing lack of financial backing for the sector from the recent Autumn Statement.

  • NCASC: Social care 'doing a good job' getting investment

    30 November 2023

    Those working in adult social care are ‘already doing a very good job at getting investment and commitments to reform’, according to government minister Helen Whately.

  • Using ‘assurance’ to aid recruitment

    29 November 2023

    Inspections can prove a troubling time for organisations, but preparation and support for your staff can reap benefits in the long term. Craig Clarke of GatenbySanderson explains.

  • CQC issues verdicts in pilot care assessments

    21 November 2023

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has completed assessments of adult social care at five councils under its pilot scheme.

  • Councils hit by improvement notices

    17 November 2023

    Oldham MBC and Oxfordshire CC have received improvement notices for their services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Lack of capacity hindering early help

    07 November 2023

    A lack of capacity is hindering early help services for children and families, a joint report by three watchdogs has found.

  • Statutory direction for Slough BC

    08 August 2023

    Slough BC has received a statutory direction from the Government after failing to improve its services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Putting citizens first: National Co-production Week 2023

    03 July 2023

    Kathryn Smith says the results of the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s survey on co-production in the UK present challenges, especially to councils who feel they’re ‘doing’ it well.

  • Whitehall lobbied to expand Oflog metrics

    22 May 2023

    Parts of the sector are pushing Whitehall officials to expand new watchdog Oflog’s metrics despite fears of future league tables, The MJ understands.

  • Priory concerns 'heart-breaking'

    22 May 2023

    Concerns that have emerged about the safety of patients and staff at a large mental health care provider have been described as ‘heart-breaking’.

  • ‘Surprise’ at lack of CQC inspection pilot volunteers

    12 May 2023

    An ex-president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has expressed ‘surprise’ at the lack of volunteers to pilot Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections.

  • Council director appointed CQC interim chief inspector

    28 April 2023

    James Bullion is to join the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as interim chief inspector of adult social care and integrated care.

  • Follow the road to health

    25 April 2023

    As an independent roadmap for reforming adult social care is published by social care leaders’ association ADASS, Richard Humphries explains how its practical action plan could help us transform care and support in England.

  • Social care assessments will not be 'scary'

    14 April 2023

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has told councils ‘we aren’t as scary as people thought we were’ as it begins local authority inspections.

  • Kent receives improvement notice for SEND failings

    06 April 2023

    An improvement notice has been issued to Kent CC after it failed to turn around its special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.

  • Perilous pressure

    20 March 2023

    Ann McGauran reports from this year’s Care England Conference, where key figures discussed how to thrive and not just survive.

  • Adult social care provision 'perilous'

    16 March 2023

    A third of adult social care providers are considering leaving the market, a conference has heard.

  • No extra social care funding for struggling councils

    13 March 2023

    A minister said councils would receive further support if they were found to be in need of improvement under new Care Quality Commission (CQC) assessments.