'Positive shift in morale and culture' at inadequate council
Ofsted inspectors have reported a ‘positive shift in the morale and culture’ of Worcestershire CC’s workforce just over a year after it was rated inadequate.
Council investment after inadequate rating
Gloucestershire CC has invested in staff, casework reduction and administration amid warnings the pace of improvements to its children’s services is too slow.
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.
Reserves warning for Dudley
Auditors have warned that Dudley MBC will use up its general fund by 2020/21 unless it manages to save millions of pounds.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
Ofsted: Lack of secure units denying vulnerable children help
The lack of secure children’s units is denying care to the most vulnerable young people and could encourage unregulated provision, Ofsted has warned.
Sloman praised by Ofsted
Reading Council’s new permanent chief executive, Peter Sloman, has been praised after an Ofsted monitoring visit.
Ofsted to move away from passing judgments
Ofsted wants to change its relationship with local authorities by having annual conversations with them instead of only passing judgments, the regulator has said.
Newark and Sherwood chief exec moves to Channel Islands
Newark and Sherwood DC’s chief executive, Andrew Muter, will leave the council in February next year to take up a new position as chief executive of the States of Alderney in the Channel Islands.
Call for Gloucestershire CC to 'get its act together'
Opposition councillors have said the Tory administration at Gloucestershire CC ‘needs to get its act together’ after Ofsted’s first monitoring visit since an inadequate judgement.
London borough director gets national Ofsted job
Ofsted has named a London borough officer as its new national director for social care.
Christmas comes early
Diary has a nephew who at an age fast approaching nine still believes – or at least pretends to – in the magic of Santa Claus.
Ofsted: More to do to improve Birmingham's children's services
Birmingham City Council has ‘further work’ to do to improve its children’s services, an Ofsted monitoring visit has found.
Government backs sector-led improvement for children's services
The Department for Education (DfE) has signalled a major policy shift with a £20m investment for a new programme of sector-led improvement for children’s services.