Children's services

Kent leader warns of migrant crossing ‘crisis’

26/05/2020

The council's leader has asked the home secretary to make it mandatory for authorities to provide support for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).

Survey highlights child abuse could go unreported during lockdown

18/05/2020

Child abuse could go unreported during lockdown as a quarter of adults do not know where to go for help, a survey has found.

Charities call for 'vital' early intervention funding to safeguard children

18/05/2020

Funding cuts to children's services have left councils unable to cope with the current crisis, charities have warned today.

Vulnerable children falling behind at school, report warns

27/04/2020

Children who need a social worker are 'significantly' behind other children at school, new research has revealed.

Warnings that vulnerable children 'hidden from sight' during lockdown

27/04/2020

New local area profiles will help councils identify how many vulnerable children are in their area.

Domestic abuse puts children at more risk of exploitation, review warns

01/04/2020

There is an overlap between children’s experience of domestic abuse and their offending behaviour, a review has concluded today.

Calls to mobilise an 'army of volunteers' to protect children during lockdown

01/04/2020

The Children’s Commissioner for England has warned an ‘army’ of volunteers are needed to protect vulnerable children while schools are closed.

Devon CC’s children’s services criticised for ‘serious failures’

19/03/2020

Ofsted has found ‘serious failures’ in services for young people in Devon as they discovered a minority of care leavers had been living in tents.

Yorkshire council criticises Ofsted rating based on ‘short inspection visit’

16/03/2020

A local authority in Yorkshire has said it is ‘disappointed’ by an Ofsted rating of its children’s social care services which concluded they were ‘inadequate’.

Council first outside London to transform flagging children’s services to ‘outstanding’

03/03/2020

A Midlands council has become the first outside of London to transform children’s services from ‘requires improvement to be good’ to ‘outstanding’.

Consultation on dedicated school leaders launched

25/02/2020

The Government today launched a consultation on plans to place a dedicated school leader in every school to help vulnerable children achieve more and ensure they attend lessons.

Councils overspent £3bn on children's social care in five years

21/02/2020

Demand and funding pressures have forced councils to overspend on children’s social care budgets by more than £3bn in the past five years, new analysis has revealed.

Cuts will lead to tragedy, health visitors warn

20/02/2020

Nearly half of health visitors in England worry a tragedy is waiting to happen where they work due to cuts to public health budgets.

Government to ban unregulated children's homes

12/02/2020

Children aged under 16 will no longer be placed in unregulated accommodation under proposals announced by the Government.

Council announces £4.4m for ‘significantly declined’ children’s services

07/02/2020

Hull City Council has announced a series of measures to improve children’s services after Ofsted concluded that the experiences of children in care had ‘significantly declined.’

Council offers pioneering family therapy to reduce gang crime

31/01/2020

Redbridge Council has become the first in the UK to deliver a ground-breaking family therapy service for young people at risk of joining gangs.

'Chasm' exists in children's mental health services, Commissioner warns

30/01/2020

There is a ‘chasm’ between what mental health services children need and what is available, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned today.

Revolutionising mental health

22/01/2020

Cllr Jasmine Ali explains how Southwark Council is putting plans into action to revolutionise children’s mental health in Southwark.

Norfolk conducts major review to improve safeguarding practices

22/01/2020

A new task force will be set up in Norfolk to improve safeguarding across the county.

Child sexual exploitation cases in Greater Manchester ‘reopened’

14/01/2020

Victims of child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester are having their cases newly investigated as a result of a review commissioned by the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Council apologises for ‘significant failings’ in SEND provision

14/01/2020

Richmond council has acknowledged that there were ‘significant failings’ in its provision of special educational needs and disability services after a critical Ombudsman report.

Parents forced to wait 18 months for autism diagnosis

14/01/2020

Parents are facing a wait of more than 18 months to find out if their child has autism, a new poll has revealed.

Lack of joint working in the fight against ‘county lines’ puts children at risk

10/01/2020

Local authorities don’t always tell the police when they move ‘at risk’ children into their areas, a new report has warned.

A quarter of children rejected for mental health support, report finds

10/01/2020

More than a quarter of young people referred for mental health treatment are being turned away from help, a new report has revealed.

Cuts drive up the number of children in care by nearly 30%

09/01/2020

Council chiefs have warned that the care system is ‘reaching breaking point’ as figures reveal that the number of children in care has risen by more than a quarter over the past decade.

Parents of children with mental health issues left to ‘fend for themselves’

03/01/2020

Seven out of 10 parents with children who suffer from mental health problems say they fear for their children due to poor quality of mental health services.

‘Inadequate’ West Sussex children’s services moved to trust

18/12/2019

West Sussex County Council’s children’s services have been moved into an independent trust after Ofsted found they were ‘inadequate’.

In a nutshell: What the election result means for local government

13/12/2019

With the Conservative party securing its biggest majority since the 1980s, what does this mean for local government?

Number of children in care nearly hits 80,000

06/12/2019

A charity has called on the next Government to invest more in the care system as new figures reveal the number of children in care has risen to nearly 80,000.

Charity warns child cruelty is rising every year

28/11/2019

The number of child cruelty and neglect offences have risen every year for the past five years, new analysis has shown.

Councils call for more investment in early intervention

21/11/2019

Council leaders are calling for extra funding in children’s services to ensure they can fulfil the ambitions of the Children’s Act.

Nearly 700 children a day at risk of domestic violence

21/11/2019

Many children facing domestic abuse are failing to get the support they need because of a 'postcode lottery, a new report has warned today.

Shropshire Council warns of £6m overspend

20/11/2019

Shropshire Council has announced a spending freeze until the end of the year after warning that it faced a multi-million pound overspend.

Over 22,000 young people face homelessness this Christmas

18/11/2019

A charity has warned that tens of thousands of young people in England will be homeless or at risk of homelessness this Christmas.

Policy action to secure the future health of young people

08/11/2019

We need to invest across housing, employment and transport to secure the health prospects of the next generation, argues Martina Kane.

Family hardship drives 53% increase in children referred for ‘urgent support’

05/11/2019

A rise in family ‘conflict and hardship’ against a background of cuts to council budgets is behind the heightened pressure on child protection services, local authority leaders have revealed.

Reading’s children’s services improvement ‘huge achievement'

30/10/2019

A council-owned company has moved Reading's children's services out of its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating.

Whitehall commits £19m for young people leaving care

23/10/2019

Young people leaving care have been promised better housing, healthcare and employment opportunities in a new government scheme.

Children in care not getting their legal right to a ‘buddy’

22/10/2019

Children in the care system are not getting their legal right to an essential ‘buddy’ as more than two thirds of councils admit leaving them on waiting lists, a children’s charity reveals.

Council to re-direct £5.5m to 'inadequate' children’s services

18/10/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has approved plans to invest £5.5m into its children’s services following an ‘inadequate’ rating from Ofsted earlier this year.

Commissioner appointed to take control of Northants’ children’s services

18/10/2019

The Government has appointed a new commissioner to head up Northamptonshire County Council’s struggling children’s services.

Councils warn about ‘spiralling’ rate of child modern slavery referrals

18/10/2019

Councils have warned the number of child victims of modern slavery referred for support has risen by 800% in the past five years.

Council adopts fingerprint-based drug testing

15/10/2019

Peterborough City Council has brought in fingerprint-based drug testing as part of its family safeguarding social care initiative.

Spending on youth services cut 73% in decade

08/10/2019

A new analysis from the Labour Party has revealed that public spending on youth services in England has been reduced by £1bn – or 73% – since 2010.

Young offenders ‘set up to fail’, report warns

08/10/2019

Children and young people released from young offender institutions are getting too little support in the community and are being ‘set up to fail’, a new report shows.

Children’s voices missing from care records, study warns

03/10/2019

The voices of children and young people are missing from their social care records causing significant distress and upset, research has warned today.

Safeguarding shake-up

24/09/2019

With local safeguarding children boards being abolished, Neil Merrick finds out what new arrangements councils are setting up in their local areas.

Kinship carers blast lack of support from children's services

24/09/2019

Local authorities should have a legal responsibility to support people looking after the children of family and friends, campaigners have argued.

Named person scheme dropped

20/09/2019

A mandatory named person scheme for every child in Scotland – underpinned by law – will not now happen, deputy first minister John Swinney has announced.

Repairing children’s services is an investment worth making

12/09/2019

Spending more on services to stop the rising costs of taking children into care must be worth the investment, says Heather Jameson.

Think tank calls for radical reform of children’s services

10/09/2019

A radical new approach to children’s services is needed to avert the growing crisis, a think tank has warned today.

Quarter of a million children ‘unhappy’, charity says

28/08/2019

Council chiefs have called for more funds for children’s services after a charity found quarter of a million teenagers in the UK are unhappy.

Government announces over £3m to support children with mental health issues

20/08/2019

Children and young people are to benefit from a £3.3m injection of cash into local community projects, the Government has announced.

Council considers job cuts to fund children’s services

13/08/2019

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is considering cutting 248 jobs in order to help fund a £5.5m cash boost for children’s services.

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