Category Archive: Government / Parliament

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 15

ENGLAND – Local authority tried to move vulnerable teen from residential school without her consent

Ombudsman finds ‘undue distress’ caused to 13-year old     The Local Government Ombudsman has determined that social workers at Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council caused undue distress to a vulnerable teenager when they tried to force her to move from the residential school she attended. The 13-year-old had settled at a school some way from …

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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 11

WALES/ENGLAND – Court statistics (quarterly) – April to June 2013

This report presents the latest statistics on type and volume of cases that are received and processed through the court system of England and Wales in the second quarter of 2013 (April to June). This report also provides a narrative on annual trends. These statistics focus on three main categories: civil, family and criminal matters. …

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Jan 11

ENGLAND – Adoptions show ‘record’ increase

Nearly 4,000 children in England were adopted from care in the year to March.   Various policies have been brought in to boost adoption numbers   The latest statistics from the government show an increase of 15% compared with the year before, and ministers say it is a record. The government has a drive to …

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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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