Ofsted praises Norfolk’s improvements
Norfolk CC’s new children’s services leadership team has ‘maintained its momentum and is driving change with a real sense of urgency,’ Ofsted has found.
Kids’ director resigns prior to dismissal meeting
Bury MBC’s executive director of children, young people and culture resigned ahead of a full council meeting that would have recommended his dismissal.
Spielman heralds new relationship with ADCS
Ofsted’s chief inspector has said she wants to ‘strengthen the relationship’ between her organisation and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).
Power for good in an uncertain world
Six months into her term as Ofsted’s chief inspector, Amanda Spielman speaks about the watchdog’s role in children’s services improvement and offers some messages for those in the sector. Sam Clayden reports
Council calls in LGA to conduct independent peer review
Gloucestershire CC will call in the Local Government Association (LGA) to conduct an independent peer review of its failing children’s services.
Ofsted chief counters ‘smash and grab’ claims
Ofsted’s chief inspector has defended the watchdog’s approach and the impact of negative judgements amid a cascade of criticisms from local authority bosses.
Ex-home secretary to chair kids’ trust
Former home secretary Jacqui Smith will chair the board of the new Sandwell Children’s Social Care Trust.
Jersey children 'may still be at risk'
The Haut de la Garenne children’s home on Jersey should be demolished, a report into child abuse on the island has concluded.
Ofsted criticises Reading for slow improvement
Reading BC is failing to improve its services to children and young people quickly enough, inspectors have reported.
Scots’ duty to consider merits of info sharing
Councils in Scotland will soon have a duty to consider whether information shared with other organisations would protect children’s rights and privacy. Under the incoming Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill, all public bodies will have to ensure any information shared is consistent with existing laws.
Whitehall to publish report on children’s mental health
A green paper on children and young people’s mental health will be published by the Government.
Councils in England must offer young mental health aid
English councils should be given a statutory duty to commission school-based mental health support for young people between the ages of 11 and 18, a report published yesterday suggested.
Generous guests raise £2,500 for kids
Many thanks to the guests at The MJ Awards who contributed to our charity collection, which raised £2,590 for Action for Children.
Equipping children for our diverse society
Yvette Thomas outlines how Buckinghamshire CC is partnering with the third sector to cut out racism and discrimination from an early age.
A matter of trust
Steve Crocker and Chris Whitehouse explain how the Isle of Wight, through its partnership with neighbouring Hampshire CC, has delivered dramatic improvements to its formerly failing services for children - without the need for a trust.
An early start is vital
The argument for early intervention sounds straightforward, writes Alison Michalska, but the difficulties lie in evidencing that it is working.
Princes Trust team-up to boost Lisburn enterprise awards
Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is to work with the charity, The Prince’s Trust, to encourage budding entrepreneurs.
Ofsted ratings need improvement
A children’s services troubleshooter has questioned Ofsted’s rating system, claiming the ‘requires improvement’ category has become a ‘default judgement’.
‘Steady progress’ for Birmingham
Birmingham City Council is ‘making steady progress,’ an Ofsted monitoring report has found six months after inspectors judged the authority inadequate.
CSE inquiry hit by second withdrawal
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been rocked after a second influential victims group with strong links to council children’s homes quit.