Dudley and Doncaster making 'continued progress'
Inspectors have praised two formerly failing children’s services departments for the strides they have made on their improvement journeys.
The Government must recognise the value of social workers
It is not what is in the Government’s new social work advice note that trouble’s Blair McPherson. It is what is absent from it.
Two new hires at Durham
Durham Council has made two new appointments to its senior management team.
We’re moving in the right direction
Ian Thomas explains how Rotherham MBC has made progress two years into its five-year transformation programme.
Virgin Care sues Surrey CC over ‘flawed’ deal
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care Services is suing Surrey CC over the procurement process of a children’s services contract.
EXCLUSIVE: Half of children could avoid care
Councils have been urged to refocus on reducing demand after analysis revealed up to half of children could have avoided being taken into care.
Driving down demand in children's services
Expenditure on children's social services continues to rise. If councils are going to survive, Ginette Beal and Ebony Hughes argue they must get to grips with the drivers for demand and deploy resources wisely.
Councils to benefit from government innovation cash
Local authorities are among the organisations that will receive £36m of government cash designed to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
O'Sullivan named institute chair
Former president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Alison O’Sullivan has been appointed as the new chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Council hit by warning to improve kids’ services
Education secretary Justine Greening has issued Worcestershire CC with a statutory direction to improve its under-performing children’s services.
Ofsted praises improving Rotherham
Ofsted inspectors have praised Rotherham MBC’s children’s services department following a fifth monitoring visit.
Tambini to retire in May
Spelthorne BC chief executive Roberto Tambini has announced his intention to retire at the end of May.
Behaviour change helps young people
Suffolk CC has developed an internal team with a focus on behaviour change. Its success made the county the winner in the Behaviour Change category for The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards.
Aiming high to support disadvantaged children
Some charities and local authorities have been divided over the so called ‘exemption clause’ in the Children and Social Work Bill. Kate Mulley says the decision to scrap the initiative should not impact the pursuit of innovation.
Government commits to review councils' refugee capacity
The Government has committed to publishing ‘regular updates’ on the number of child refugees resettled in the UK as questions remain over councils’ capacity to support them.
Budget plea for children's services cash
Chancellor Phillip Hammond should not ignore over-stretched children’s services in tomorrow’s Budget, a charity has urged.
MPs call for government to publish fresh asylum data
Ministers should publish fresh data on councils’ ability to take unaccompanied asylum-seeking children before ditching the Dubs Amendment, MPs have warned.
Innovation 'hampered' by decision to scrap children's clause
The top children’s services officer at one of the Government’s flagship authorities has lamented ministers’ ‘catch 22’ decision to scrap controversial innovation clauses.
Somerset kids’ services ‘still need improvement’
Ofsted has told Somerset CC’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services that ‘notable room for improvement remains’.
Councils to be investigated as part of child abuse inquiry
Public hearings for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is due to investigate the role of councils among other institutions, have begun.