Repairing children’s services is an investment worth making
Spending more on services to stop the rising costs of taking children into care must be worth the investment, says Heather Jameson.
Council apologies for failing to spot signs of historic exploitation
Kirklees MBC has apologised for failing to protect two girls from abuse after an independent review found opportunities were lost to protect them from exploitation.
MPs launch missing children inquiry
MPs have today launched an inquiry into the increasing number of children being placed in homes out of their boroughs.
Rotherham scandal continues to hit council finances
The aftermath of Rotherham’s child exploitation scandal continues to hit council finances with an overspend of nearly £16m in its children and young people’s directorate.
Director recalls 'huge shock' of child abuse scandal
A council criticised for failings over a historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) ring has warned other authorities not to fall victim to complacency.
‘Lessons have been learned’ after child abuse case, council insists
Kirklees MBC has insisted ‘lessons have been learned’ in the wake of what has been described as a seven-year campaign of rape and abuse in Huddersfield.
Youth service progress at risk of being undone
Cuts to the youth services grant risk undoing the success of council teams, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Council has settled more than 180 abuse claims
Nottinghamshire CC has settled more than 180 civil claims linked to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), with 20 more settlements still under discussion.
Javid intensifies child sexual abuse response
Home secretary Sajid Javid has said he will not tolerate ‘no-go areas’ or ‘cultural sensitivities’ as he intensifies the UK’s response to child sexual abuse.
Home Office review fails to find Rotherham file
A review has failed to find a file allegedly indicating Whitehall was aware of widespread child abuse in Rotherham years before the scandal was exposed, home secretary Sajid Javid said today.
Telford CSE inquiry delayed to involve victims
An inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford has been delayed to give victims a greater say in its formation.
Affluent parents can 'undermine' abuse investigations
City of London Council will train social workers to deal with affluent parents after research showed they can use their status to undermine abuse investigations.
Victims call for document disclosure
CSA (child sexual abuse) victims want disclosure of communications between Devon CC, Home Office, insurance firms and police to ascertain whether they colluded in limiting past damages claims.
Rotherham apologises for misleading whistle-blower
Rotherham MBC has issued a formal apology to child sexual abuse whistle-blower Jayne Senior after officials misled her during an internal investigation.
Councils implored to tear down ‘wall of deniability’
Council leaders and senior politicians in Rochdale must stop ‘dumping’ on hard-pressed officers and take responsibility for tackling child abuse, a leading lawyer has told The MJ.
Child abuse: Rochdale was 'careless' and 'wholly inadequate', inquiry finds
Rochdale MBC’s response to reports of child sexual abuse was ‘careless’ and ‘wholly inadequate’ between the 1960s and 1990s, a damning review by an independent inquiry has found.
Telford to launch independent inquiry
Telford & Wrekin Council will launch an independent inquiry into historic and current child sexual exploitation, after the proposals received unanimous support in an emergency full council meeting last night.
Support for independent Telford inquiry grows
Telford & Wrekin Council is poised to approve an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in the area after the two main political parties backed a fresh proposal.
Councillors approve CSE measures
Senior Telford & Wrekin councillors have approved a number of measures to help further tackle and prevent child sexual exploitation in the borough.
Don't scrap IROs, shadow minister warns
Scrapping independent reviewing officers could open the floodgates to child abuse, the shadow children's minister has warned.