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.
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.
Croydon 'on track' to improve children's services
Croydon LBC has claimed it is ‘on track’ to deliver improvements to its children’s services.
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.
Calls for independent panel to administer compensation for child abuse
Compensation for survivors of child abuse in Lambeth should be decided by an independent panel rather than the council, a councillor has warned.
Rochdale: Leader resigns amid ongoing child abuse inquiry
The leader of Rochdale MBC has resigned due to pressure from the local Labour party amid an ongoing investigation into child abuse.
Council to launch £100m scheme for sexual abuse survivors
Lambeth LBC is set to launch a £100m redress scheme for survivors of historic sexual, physical and psychological abuse.
Government response to integration report too slow
Dame Louise Casey, who conducted the Government’s inquiries into integration and child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, said too little has been done in the year since the publication of her report on integration.
Councils face child sex abuse compensation claims
Two local authorities are facing a string of compensation claims following the exposure of historical sexual abuse linked to staff at council-run care homes.
Early help victim of cuts
‘Crippling’ cuts to children's services have forced councils to slash spending on abuse prevention and focus scarce resources on a rising tide of crisis interventions, new research has shown.
Councils liable for foster care abuse
Local authorities can be held liable for abuse committed by foster carers even if the authority is not itself at fault, the Supreme Court has said in a milestone ruling.
Rochdale denies failing children in care
Rochdale MBC has denied that it has failed to protect children in care from being trafficked after being castigated in the national press today.
Worcestershire's children’s services showing ‘tangible’ signs of progress, inspectors say
Worcestershire CC's children’s services are showing ‘tangible’ signs of improvement but require ‘further progress’, inspectors say.
New research: Councils more aware of the need to combat child abuse
There has been a ‘sharp increase’ in local authorities’ efforts to recognise and combat child sexual exploitation, a leading children’s charity has said.
Louise Casey: It's time for local government to show its worth
After an 18-year career in the Civil Service, running the social exclusion and troubled families unit, as well as leading high profile inquiries into Rotherham and integration, Dame Louise Casey talks to Heather Jameson.
Opportunity is knocking for ‘jaw-dropping’ local government
Local government is jaw dropping, can inspire citizens and, at its best, can outshine any part of Whitehall, former tsar Dame Louise Casey has claimed.
Child sexual exploitation soars by 200% in Bradford
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) offences in Bradford have increased by more than 200% between 2014/15 and 2015/16, the council has revealed.
Childhood abuse reforms could see Scottish councils face an insurance black hole
Despite council support for a Bill that will allow childhood abuse survivors to sue for historic cases, councils could face substantial costs for damages. Pamela Stevenson urges authorities to build potential costs into future budgets.
Scots set for new care abuse claims
Scotland’s councils have been warned to brace themselves for a wave of compensation claims from people who suffered abuse as children in local authority care.