Scotland: Government underestimated childcare funds
The Scottish Government has severely underestimated the money councils will need to fund the planned increased provision of childcare, the Audit Commission has warned.
Sector-led improvement for critical Powys
Powys CC needs ‘significant’ support from the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association to ensure sustainable improvement, a critical report has concluded.
Recruitment and retention: Who will be left to care in the future?
Auditors, academics, practitioners and unions are pointing to the recruitment and retention issues in adult social care as one of the country’s biggest domestic issues. Mark Conrad examines the problem.
Children's services to be slashed over coming year, new research reveals
More than 50% of councils analysed in new research plan to cut spending on children’s services over the next year.
With Doncaster Children’s Trust facing demand-related overspends, Jo Miller urges others in the sector to ensure they have a grip on the performance and finances of their commissioned partners
The MJ/LGiU finance survey: The balancing act continues
Children's services has emerged as the new biggest risk facing the sector, overtaking adult social care, according to this year's The MJ/LGiU finance survey.
Children's services: Improving under pressure
A recent spate of children’s services turnarounds have provided the sector with a boost. Sam Clayden interviews Steve Walker about a partnership between high-performing Leeds City Council and struggling Kirklees MBC and the looming crisis in the sector.
Stockport to act as improvement partner for struggling neighbour
Tameside MBC councillors have been urged to form a children’s services improvement partnership with neighbouring Stockport MBC amid concerns progress in the borough has been too slow.
An alternative commissioning model
High cost residential care for children is a major source of financial difficulties for local authorities. Léonie Cowen and Andrew Rome believe there are more effective and efficient ways of commissioning placements.
Buckinghamshire gets second inadequate Ofsted rating
Buckinghamshire CC’s children’s services have again been judged inadequate by Ofsted after inspectors concluded progress in recent years had been ‘inconsistent and too slow’.
Croydon to act on missing children
Police officers will be placed inside Croydon LBC as part of an initiative designed to tackle the ‘significant number’ of children going missing from care.
Further deterioration of Sandwell's children's services
Sandwell MBC has failed to improve its Ofsted rating for children’s social care and is still managing ‘inadequate’ services.
Rotherham: a place that needed good news
Rotherham MBC has finally achieved a positive Ofsted rating. The council is now trying to turn around the town's tarnished reputation. Heather Jameson reports.
Rotherham's children's services rated 'good' by Ofsted
Rotherham Council’s children’s services have been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted, following three years of Government intervention in the aftermath of the child sexual exploitation scandal.
Essex to take lead over Barnet’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services
Essex CC has been appointed Barnet LBC’s improvement partner after the latter’s children’s services were rated inadequate by inspectors.
Norfolk CC is back on the march
After five years as an ‘inadequate’ authority, Norfolk CC’s children’s services have seen a turnaround. Sam Clayden speaks to top officers about its improvement journey to date and its ambitions for the future.
Croydon 'on track' to improve children's services
Croydon LBC has claimed it is ‘on track’ to deliver improvements to its children’s services.
Doncaster's children's service emerges from 'dark' period
Doncaster MBC’s children’s services have been declared good by Ofsted - four years after the council was threatened with losing control over the entire service.
Failing children's services can improve without trusts, says Norfolk boss
Norfolk CC’s beleaguered children’s services have finally ditched their inadequate judgement in a move the council’s chief believes proves authorities can improve without being placed into a trust.
Nottinghamshire apologises for historic child sexual abuse
The ‘dreadful stain’ on Nottinghamshire CC cannot be denied or excused, the council leader has said in an apology to all victims of child sexual abuse.