Deputy promoted to chief at borough
Bill Cullen has been named chief executive of Hinckley & Bosworth BC.
Learning the lessons from an 'inadequate' judgement
As part of iMPOWER’s children’s services essay collection Shining a Light, Sean Harriss offers advice on moving beyond an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating.
Taking stock of fostering
Amid news of a national fostering stocktake, Dave Hill explains there are a host of challenges to placement that need to be examined.
Whitehall review of kids’ services paused
A Whitehall review looking at the role of local authorities in relation to children has been shelved, The MJ understands.
Specialist needs migrant children ‘can leave councils with £90k gap’
Councils can face a funding gap of up to £90,000 for unaccompanied child migrants with specialist needs, town halls have warned.
Rethinking children’s social care in Bradford
Having received Government funding for its Rethinking Social Care project, Bradford City Council is seeking to transform the way it cares for children with complex needs. Michael Jameson explains.
£40m for CSE not enough - councils
Councils have warned a £40m package of Government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, is not enough.
Reading’s finance plans ‘fragile’
Reading Council’s financial position has been described as fragile with ‘some very significant risks’ surrounding its delivery plan.
Breaking barriers in Ealing
Sam Clayden explores how Ealing LBC's award-winning transformation programme improves outcomes for children and saves the authority millions.
Fostering agencies accused of profiteering
Children’s services directors have accused fostering agencies of ‘direct profiteering’ from the humanitarian crisis over unaccompanied asylum seekers.
West Berkshire kids’ services ‘can do better’
Inspectors have found positive improvements are being made to West Berkshire Council’s children’s services department – but still found some areas lacking.
Charity in 'unsustainable' fostering warning
The fostering system in the UK is under ‘unsustainable strain,’ with ‘hard-won improvements’ at risk of being eroded, a report has warned today.
Schooling: share best practice to eradicate CSE
Ofsted’s national director for social care has urged councils and partner organisations to better share best practice in an effort to ‘disrupt, prevent and put an end to’ child sexual exploitation.
Keeping a grip in a post-Brexit world
As children’s services embark on another year in which nothing is certain, Nick Whitfield offers a few constants – from the joys of Eurovision to the constant need to cope with change.
Acting early for the parents of tomorrow
Intervening early to support children’s life chances has been largely absent from national debates about public service reform. Ian Thomas says it is time for a 30-year strategy for tomorrow’s parents
Children's services 'absent from devolution debates'
Overlooking children’s services in devolution discussions is a missed opportunity that is costing local authorities billions of pounds a year, a senior director has warned.
LGA backs districts following Whitehall raid on NHB budget
The Local Government Association (LGA) has backed furious districts angry after Whitehall raided the New Homes Bonus (NHB) budget to help prop up social care.
Inspectors find 'widespread and serious failures' at Worcestershire
An Ofsted report into Worcestershire CC’s children’s services has found ‘widespread and serious failures’ and warned that youngsters remain at ‘continual risk of serious harm’.
Pulling out of the young asylum seeker transfer scheme
As more authorities look to opt out of the national transfer scheme for young asylum seekers, Cllr Ivan Ould explains why Leicestershire CC made the controversial decision in October.
Behind Surrey CC's 15% council tax rise proposal
David Hodge explains why Conservative-led Surrey CC has no choice but to hold a referendum on a mammoth 15% council tax increase.