Category Archive: Children Services

Dec 10

ENGLAND – Government considers next authorities for Doncaster-style intervention

The government is considering taking failing children’s services out of local control at a handful of councils, local government children’s services chief David Simmonds has said.   David Simmonds said council services that have repeatedly received inadequate grades by Ofsted were candidates for government intervention. Image: Lucie Carlier Simmonds, chair of the Local Government Association’s …

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Dec 03

ENGLAND – Somerset child protection services rated inadequate

Child protection services in Somerset have been given the lowest rating of inadequate by Ofsted.   The council has invested £1.4m in children’s services The verdict follows an unannounced inspection by Ofsted inspectors. Social services was told to review its child protection plans immediately including cases that have been closed in the last three months. …

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Dec 03

ENGLAND – Doncaster takeover ‘could damage children’s services’

The government’s plans to take Doncaster’s children’s social care out of council control could harm service improvement, experts have suggested.   Doncaster Council has until 13 August to respond to the government’s proposals. Concerns that improvements at the troubled authority’s children’s services will stall if it is brought under an independent trust are expressed by …

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Dec 03

ENGLAND – Children’s services head urged to quit over failure to stop abuse and murder of Daniel Pelka, as mother and partner await sentence

The head of the children’s services department accused of failing to prevent the death of the four-year-old schoolboy Daniel Pelka was still in his job last night despite growing calls for him to stand down. Daniel died following a sustained campaign of violence at the hands of his mother, Magdelena Luczak, 27, and  her partner …

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Nov 13

ENGLAND – Fears for independent social workers as 80% consider leaving the profession

Research by Community Care finds two ‘disastrous’ events have potentially sidelined hundreds of the most experienced social workers at a time when children’s services are ‘in crisis’   ISWs say they’re working in conditions that are ‘dangerous’ to children   The controversial fee cap for expert witnesses has forced 80% of independent social workers to find alternative sources of …

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Sep 25

ENGLAND – Doncaster to be stripped of children’s social care responsibility

Children’s services in Doncaster are to be split off from local authority control and instead run by an independent trust as part of a radical plan to turn the troubled department around. Education Secretary Michael Gove has backed the review panel recommendation for wholesale change at Doncaster children’s services. The proposals were recommended by an …

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