Category Archive: Children Services

Jan 18

ENGLAND – Ofsted launches new single inspection for children’s services

Ofsted’s new single framework for the inspection of local authority services for vulnerable children will come into effect from November 2013. The framework will bring together child protection, services for looked after children and care leavers, and local authority fostering and adoption services.   Inspection gradings have been revised so that anything less than ‘good’ …

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Jan 12

WALES/ENGLAND – Gove accepts alternative proposal from Doncaster MBC for children’s services

The Education Secretary has scrapped plans to strip children’s services from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and accepted the council’s alternative proposal.     A report by Professor Julian Le Grand and Alan Wood had recommended in July that responsibilities should be taken away rom the authority and handed to an independent trust. The council subsequently …

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Jan 11

ENGLAND – Ofsted unveils inspection framework for children’s services

Ofsted is to push ahead with the introduction of a tougher inspection regime for children’s services, ignoring warnings from the sector that the system is too simplistic and will fail to deliver improvements.   Debbie Jones says Ofsted’s ambition is to establish “good” as the new minimum for children’s services. The regulator’s new inspection framework …

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Dec 10

ENGLAND – Medway children’s care service ‘inadequate’

Ofsted inspectors said no children were “at risk of harm”   Medway’s service for children in care has been rated as inadequate in a report by the education watchdog. Ofsted’s inspectors said there were 400 looked-after children and 209 with “care-leaver” status when the inspection was carried out in July. The report highlighted delays in …

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Dec 10

ENGLAND – Michael Gove tells Doncaster Council to work with commissioner

Ros Jones had asked the government to reassess its proposals for children’s services in the town   A commissioner has been appointed to oversee the transfer of Doncaster’s children’s services to an independent trust. In July Education Secretary Michael Gove said Doncaster Council would be stripped of control of children’s social care over a “legacy …

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Dec 10

ENGLAND – Doncaster slams legal flaws in DfE plan to outsource children’s services

The Government’s proposed model for children’s services in Doncaster has “considerable limitations and legal complications”, the local authority has warned.   A report by Professor Le Grand and Alan Wood published in July recommended that responsibilities for children’s services in the town should be stripped from Doncaster MBC and handed to an independent trust. Children’s …

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