Don't scrap IROs, shadow minister warns
Scrapping independent reviewing officers could open the floodgates to child abuse, the shadow children's minister has warned.
Council vows to co-operate with inquiry after latest allegations
Telford & Wrekin Council has vowed to co-operate with a national child abuse inquiry after reports that up to 1,000 children may have been victims.
Mandatory reporting calls rejected by Government
Ministers today rejected calls for the mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse – claiming an effective case for a new law has not been made.
Thomas to replace Quirk at Lewisham
The man who helped turn around Rotherham’s children’s services has been recommended by Lewisham LBC to become the council's new chief executive.
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.
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.