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.
Government has 'underestimated' children's centre closures
As many as 1,000 Sure Start children’s centres could have closed in the last eight years - double the amount estimated by the Government - new research has found.
Foster care recruitment warning
Ofsted’s senior adviser on looked-after children has warned of an ‘urgent’ need to recruit more foster carers.
Improvement in Brum's children's services
Birmingham City Council is making progress in its efforts to improve its children’s services, but needs to improve the consistency of its work, according to Ofsted.
Children's trust launched
Sandwell MBC has launched a children’s trust as a new vehicle to help turn around its struggling services.
Council takes over failing children's services
Plymouth City Council has taken over the running of children’s services at Torbay Council after a series of critical reports.
MHCLG alone cannot ease funding pressures, says NAO
The National Audit Office (NAO) has insisted all government departments need to work towards finding solutions to local authority funding pressures, not just Marsham Street.
Council company to take over children's services
Senior Worcestershire CC councillors are next week expected to approve the development of a wholly-owned council company to deliver children’s services.
Government bails out overspending Kingston
Kingston Upon Thames LBC has been handed £4.3m funding from the Department for Education (DfE) to help control large overspends on children with special educational needs (SENs).
More money won't improve children's services, minister claims
The quality of children’s services has little to do with the amount of money spent on it, the children's minister has claimed.
Chief to retire after 40-year local government career
Swindon BC’s chief executive, John Gilbert, has announced his retirement after working in local government for 40 years.
Tories oust leader as Northants signs off budget
Northamptonshire CC today signed off its redrafted budget – but the council’s leader has been ousted as head of the ruling Conservative group.
Getting children back into mainstream education
Little is known about just how many children are missing from mainstream education. Debbie Barnes argues for stronger legislation and national guidance to help local authorities identify and support these children.
Proactive ways to protect our kids
Merran McRae provides a comprehensive checklist for chief executives who want to keep their eye on the way their children’s services are being delivered.
Further improvement needed at Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets LBC has sustained improvements to its children’s services but faces ‘significant challenges’ to achieve the good Ofsted rating it has targeted by 2019.
Groundbreaking review praises Leeds
Leeds City Council’s services for children in care have been praised following a ground-breaking review by Ofsted.
Operation sanctuary: lessons to be learned
A serious case review into sexual exploitation in Newcastle has revealed a raft of learning for public bodies, national government and society. Sam Clayden speaks to the reports’ author and the agencies involved.
'A lot' of councils failing to look for widespread sexual exploitation
Local authorities are not looking hard enough – or simply not willing – to uncover widespread systematic sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, the author of an independent report has warned.
Government to appoint commissioner to failing Bucks
The Government has announced plans to send a commissioner to Buckinghamshire CC to turn around the authority’s long-failing children’s services.
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 Accounts Commission has warned.