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Clark: Tories and Labour unwilling to address SEND crisis

15/04/2024

Labour and the Conservatives have been accused of an ‘unwillingness’ to confront the crisis in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) services.

EXCLUSIVE: Questions over child age assessments

25/08/2023

Council directors have raised doubts over Government plans to take over age assessments of unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Exploitation warning after Illegal Migration Bill becomes law

20/07/2023

Unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) could be in danger of being exploited after the Illegal Migration Act created an incentive for them to run away.

'Not acceptable' to treat age disputed young people as spontaneous arrivals

06/07/2023

It is ‘not acceptable’ that age disputed young people from asylum hotels are treated as spontaneous arrivals, says head of directors of children’s services.

‘Significant concerns' over regional care cooperatives

23/03/2023

Regional care cooperatives (RCCs) will not resolve the issues around child care placements, councils have said.

Children's social worker numbers drop for first time since 2017

27/02/2023

The Government has been urged to act after official figures showed the number of children’s social workers has fallen for the first time since 2017.

Call for national review of children's mental health services

07/04/2022

The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has called for a post-pandemic national review of children’s mental health services.

Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president

22/04/2021

The growing number of children and families who need support 'to thrive, not just survive in the wake of the pandemic' will need investment of around £12.5bn over three years, says England's new children’s services chief.

Children’s services face £824m budget gap

24/02/2021

A funding shortfall of £824m is being faced by children’s services, according to research published today.

ADCS issues warning of family crisis to come

04/12/2020

The Government need to provide a long-term financial settlement for to tackle rising demand for children’s services, experts have warned as economic consequences of COVID hit.

ADCS president calls for welfare overhaul

08/07/2020

The impact of the pandemic on children’s futures must not be underestimated, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said.

Auditors bid to explain real cause of difference in councils' spend on kids

23/01/2019

A nine-fold variation in spending on children’s social care could largely be down to ‘differences in characteristics’ between councils, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) study.

Funding call to end 'postcode lottery' for children's services

11/07/2018

MPs today called for more funds to help end a so-called postcode lottery for children’s services.

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