Category Archive: Looked-after Children

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 – Children’s services expenditure by local authorities planned to fall by £234m

Budgets for looked after children and safeguarding due to rise     The Office for National Statistics has released details of planned expenditure by local authorities on a range of services relating to schools, education, children and young people’s services for the financial year April 2013 – March 2014. The figures in the release include …

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Jan 12

WALES/ENGLAND – Government approach to homes for care leavers is failing, says Fostering Network

Call for government to consider amendment of the Children Bill     New Government figures show that the voluntary approach to providing homes for young people in care beyond the age of 18 is not working, according to Fostering Network. The statistics for looked after children, released by the Department for Education, show that in …

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Jan 11

ENGLAND – Invest in more support care for families in crisis, local authorities urged

Research suggests that short-term care is a cost-effective solution     Local authorities in the UK should invest in support care schemes as a cost-effective way of supporting families and keeping children out of more expensive full-time care, the Fostering Network is urging. The charity’s call comes with the publication of new research – The …

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Jan 11

ENGLAND – Children looked after in England, including adoption

This release provides statistics on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels.   Documents Main text: SFR36/2013 PDF, 402KB, 19 pages     National tables: SFR36/2013 MS Excel Spreadsheet, 1020KB     Local authority tables: SFR36/2013 MS Excel Spreadsheet, 2.13MB     Methodology document: SFR36/2013 PDF, 159KB, 7 pages     Additional text: …

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Dec 22

ENGLAND – Michael Gove lambasts protection provided by children’s homes

Information Commissioner responds to data protection concern     The Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has given a withering assessment of the protection afforded by children’s homes in an article published by the Daily Telegraph. In the article he announces that the DfE will publish a 52-page dossier providing a comprehensive assessment of …

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