Category Archive: Looked-after Children

Dec 16

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

Information Commissioner responds to data protection concerns     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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Dec 03

ENGLAND – Worcestershire unveils policy to charge parents of looked-after children

Parents could be forced to pay as much as £900-a-month if their children are taken into care, under plans announced by Worcestershire County Council.   Charges will be levied if children are placed in care “voluntarily”. Image: Arlen Connelly   A draft policy document released as part of a consultation on the controversial proposals reveals …

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Sep 14

WALES/ENGLAND – Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes scrutiny report on Children and Families Bill

Committee expresses concern as to effect on kinship care The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has published its legislative scrutiny report on the Children and Families Bill which received its Second Reading in the House of Lords on the 2nd July. With regard to adoption and looked after children, the Committee welcomes the Minister’s reassurance …

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Jul 16

ENGLAND – Improving safeguarding for looked-after children: changes to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010

Organisation: Department for Education Published: 25 June 2013 Policy: Improving the adoption system and services for looked-after children This consultation closes on 17 September 2013 Jump to consultation download Consultation This consultation seeks views on proposals to amend the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010. We are proposing these amendments to ensure …

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Jun 24

ENGLAND – Ofsted unveils tougher child protection inspections

Child protection and looked-after children’s services will be deemed ‘inadequate’ even if just part of their work is failing, under plans unveiled by Ofsted to toughen up inspections.   Changes to come into force in November The tougher regime is revealed in a consultation document for joint child protection and looked-after children’s services inspections. It …

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Jun 10

ENGLAND – Independent reviewing officers are not challenging enough, says Ofsted

Officers employed by local authorities to review care plans are failing to make enough of a difference for looked-after children, a damning report has found.   Independent reviewing officers are responsible for reviewing the cases of children in care. Image: Peter Crane The report by Ofsted found that local authority independent reviewing officers (IROs), who …

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